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Raising Creative Kids Paperback – February 1, 2013
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How can you nurture creativity? Written for parents and teachers, Raising Creative Kids is a guide to fostering creativity and sustaining the creative spirit in children both at home and at school. Creativity is both a capacity we are born with and a skill that we can further develop. In addition to describing various theories of creativity, the authors describe personality traits, programs, processes, and products that foster creativity. Filled with examples and practical suggestions, this exciting book describes parenting for creativity, teaching organizational skills, and ways to preserve and enhance one's own creativity.
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Whether your child is "artistic" or not, this book is intended to help parents inspire, foster and nurture the myriad traits and personality benefits that come from learning how to be creative, think creatively and see the world creatively.
In today's schools, art and critical thinking and all of those other wonderful classes that used to round out the purely academic and textbook based subjects, are sorely missing. The school system has become a rote methodology of teaching kids to behave like robots: comprehend, memorize, recite and test well. But this book points out that in our technological future, all activities that are menial and rote will be easily and efficiently automated so that the creative out of the box thinker will be the one who is truly in demand.
So if kids are not learning to be creative anymore in school, who is responsible for imparting these crucial skill sets to them?
This is where Raising Creative Kids comes in. Dr. Dan Peters and Dr. Susan Daniels are two professionals with years of experience in the psychological setting with youth of all ages. In this book, they not only explain the neurological and scientific facts behind creativity but also go over the individual personality traits that should be considered when trying to motivate your child's creative potential. These are things such as imagination, daydreaming, risk-taking, perception, open mindedness and curiosity.
The book then goes even further to give concrete examples of processes and activities that you can engage your children in to exercise and grow their creative muscles. All of the exercises are interesting and fun and really make you think about and understand why the concepts all work. As a parent, I feel like I can learn just as much from doing these exercises as I can also instill in my daughter.
There's a special section on the teenage years, which we all know as a time when our children suddenly turn into aliens that was very enlightening to read.
And finally there's information on parenting and how a parent's building up of things like trust, support and protection makes a huge difference in how successful a child is at just plain life in general.
Finally the book ends with chapters on teaching your child to utilize all of this information and newfound skill to prosper in the world and look ahead towards their own future.
While reading this, I was saddened about the fact that kids aren't getting a lot of this information in schools like I did when I was younger but I was happily reminded that as a parent, I am armed with a tool now that I can use to serve the same purpose
I also benefited from the section on creativity killers (pp. 95-97). Yep, I do tend to hover when my daughter works on school projects, and I always think that I have "better ideas" on how those projects should be completed. My daughter's seeming lack of structure drives me nuts (she never plans a project, but strangely enough she always knows what she wants to do). After reading the book, I started to reconsider my attitude. The resulting monthly projects are definitely less "aesthetical" according to my definition; in fact, to my eye, they are a big mess. But guess what: she is really passionate about them and, as a result, she actually learns something that sticks. She has also been getting better grades. I learned how important is to nurture her passion and love her for who she is, rather than who I want her to be. Excellent book!
While reading "Raising Creative Kids", it is as if a light bulb has turned on, and I now completely understand my daughter's "gifts" from an entirely new perspective. This book is brilliantly written and it is an incredibly insightful and relevant book on raising creative kids. The book provides practical examples that will help bolster a child's academic self-concept and love for learning because it focuses on recognizing and valuing their inner gifts. It has positively impacted the way I create learning activities with and for my daughter. I felt a sense of comfort through the awareness I gained as I was reading this book. I found myself saying, "yes, this book is describing my daughter exactly!" This book is an absolute must read for ALL parents.