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You’ll hear it often enough: creativity will be the key to success. Thinking outside the box builds flexibility of the mind and helps you to think of novel solutions when conventional options don’t work.
As parents, we want the best for our children. We all do but if we expect our children to think outside the box, we can’t just expect them to do it. Children by nature are creative creatures and nurturing and supporting that creativity means we also have to be good role models to show them that yes, adults are creative too and it doesn’t have to cost a million dollars.
Case in point: making pancakes. How do you make pancakes (if you ever have time to make them)? What shape are your pancakes? Yes, you can add berries and fruit to your pancakes and you can add cinnamon to them for extra appeal but have you ever just dripped the pancake mix into the pan to make a variety of shapes?
Well, I did it recently and it was such a cool experience for my kid and for me. I started off with regular round pancakes just so that she could get breakfast on the move. After that, I decided on a whim that I’d make a bunch of different shapes. There were blobs and spirals and odd looking shapes that look like underwater sea animals. I didn’t tell her I was making the shapes. I just put them on the plate with the rest of the other pancakes.
She immediately noticed and went, “OH! Mom! What shape is THAT?” and I said, “I don’t know, what do you think?” Right away, her creativity kicked in and each pancake became a number of different possibilities. I also tried to make very specific shapes just to challenge myself.
Here’s the bow and arrow I made (yes, we’re still on the Brave train) and that image up there was my attempt to make Saturn. Did you guess Saturn? What else did you think it was? You know, there are no right or wrong answers and that is the beauty of creativity.
The coolest thing about making these shapes is that because I didn’t tell my daughter what they were, she came up with a million other ideas. I only put the bow and arrow together afterwards to show her what I thought they could be. There were a bunch of other shapes too but they all got eaten before I got a chance to grab the camera.
And how much did this cost me? Nothing – beyond the pancake ingredients, of course. But, what my daughter and I got in return was priceless. It was an awesome bonding moment where she and I were able to hang out, have a laugh and really let our creativity shine.
Question: what will you do to role model creativity for your child? Think outside the box and see if you can add a different spin on the usual.
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