I am a firm believer in discovering or unleashing the creative soul we all have within.
I read a lot... and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT ;) In the last 3-4 months I have read and listened to a total of 13 books. Ha! Two that stick out as I write this blog post are 2 audio books I have been listening to:
- One by author Richard Louv, titled "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder".
- The other by my new favorite person in the whole wide world (seriously I love listening to her!!), Brene Brown ,titled "The Power of Vulnerability; Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, & Courage".
I have been listening to these through Audible.com. I have a membership and this allows me to get FREE books ALL the time ;)
Anyways, in "Last Child in the Woods" the author discusses "the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, he links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression."
The discussion on children not getting outside and developing certain disorders is obviously a whole other topic, but what it really got me thinking about is that we tend to begin to develop some of our lifelong habits (good or bad) in our childhood.... whether it is something learned along the way or something we learned in our home environments, from our parents.
In Brene Brown's talk about Vulnerability she speaks about developing a pattern in her research on Wholehearted Individuals and some things they all have in common; which turned into her developing 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living. One of those guideposts is Cultivating Creativity and Letting Go of Comparison. She states that we ALL have this ability within us... whether it's photography, painting, piano or other instrument, writing, telling stories, speaking, drawing, designing, fashion, creating picture collages, creating videos or movies, scrap booking, blogging, Lego building, etc.
Don't worry, there will be more pictures to look at; keep reading ;)
As I am reading the two books, they both resonated with me on the importance of not only getting children outside to play, but also the great need for us parents to allow them them the time and help them discover and cultivate their creativity.
One way we can help them is to cultivate our OWN creativity... monkey see, monkey do... right??! ;)
Some kids are too busy going from one sport to the next, then onto homework, then bed, then repeat! They aren't allowed the space or time to cultivate their creativity. What would be better time spent then taking an photography class together, or a painting class, or visiting a museum together to take in some art??
Let's lead by example and get out to create and get creative with our children! :)
Art has a huge presence in our home. For awhile I encouraged my son to do something creative for at least an hour each day... this eventually became a habit for him and he now seeks out something to do creatively most every day.
With him learning photography we can cultivate this creativeness together. And super lucky for us our backyard is absolutely gorgeous and there never seems to be a dull moment to be had out there! ;)