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Looking at Values:

Being Creative

Thinking About Being Creative

Definition: Original, new, different, unique
Behavior reflecting
the value:
She always comes up with an alternative solution when the current one isn't working. She finds different ways of using objects. She can figure out several different ways of completing a task. She can express herself in unusual ways.
Knowledge and
skills needed:
As she grows older her creativeness is based on a greater body of knowledge and more skills. For example, as a young child, she experiments with colors and shapes as she paints; when she is older she adds her knowledge of mixing colors and an ability to portray depth and perspective to her paintings. Constantly adding knowledge and skills is necessary for her to continue being creative.
Insights about the
Creativity is based on a sound body of information out of which the creative act or production grows. Contemporary society does not encourage creativity, so parents must work to keep it alive.
Value present
at birth?

Teaching or Preserving Being Creative
Baby: Give her freedom to use materials as she chooses as long as she is safe. She accepts the fact in her experimenting that there is more than one way to do something or use something, a basic assumption in the creative person. Let her figure things out for herself and don't worry about the "right" way to use or do something.
Toddler/Preschooler: She must be allowed to explore and experiment and find things out for herself. Some of the things she'll think are: What does this do? What can I do with it? How can I take one thing to make another thing? I want to do such and such . . . what can I use? Help your child be creative by brainstorming different ways of doing things, such as, what are all the different roads you could take to get to the same place?
School age/Teenage: Help her to continue experimenting with what she can do with materials and with her body, always making sure she is safe. Brainstorm ideas with her. Ask her for many ideas on how to handle a given situation.

Influences on Learning to be Considerate
Needs: Her curiosity can drive her creativity. Provide her with information to fuel her creativity. Encourage her to find many ways of doing something.
Temperament: If she is persistent and not easily distracted, she will search longer for different ways of doing things.
Learning style: Her learning style may influence her areas of creativeness. If she is an auditory learner and sensitive to sound, both pitch and volume, she may be creative musically, for example.

Reflections about Being Creative
Influence of other
The ability to be creative, to come up with many possible solutions to an issue, is a key component of making thoughtful decisions.
New thinking
resulting from
It is easy for children to lose their creativity in today's culture in which they have fewer opportunities and less time to "mess around."

Adapted from Using Your Values to Raise Your Child to Be an Adult You Admire by Harriet Heath, Ph.D.

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Last updated May 05, 2008