The Challenges of Parenting a Creative Child

Creative children view the world in an uninhibited way. Their spontaneity and energy are always in the “go” mode. This is not to assume that creative children are to be labeled as hyper or uncontrollable, however they require a certain stamina and stimulation to keep their interests. Because of their wonderful and curious nature, they view the world liken to that of a fishbowl, and they are in charge of filling in the contents as they see fit. 

Perhaps they are more demanding, or perfectionists type personalities, but all these descriptions only begin to define them as individuals with challenging degrees of what it’s going to take to stay one foot ahead of them and maintain a sense of stability and calm whilst raising them into the creative adults they will become.

Social Skills 

Creative children are often highly intelligent individuals. Some are quite sociable while others are viewed as anti/social where they have difficulties in situations where one on one is more challenging for them to navigate. Perhaps they lack the skills necessary due to how they view the world and those around them. 

Parents can guide creative children through the maze of how to properly interact with others albeit in social situations or one on one, but it still comes down to what they perceive as being comfortable for them. Creative children exude an energy that’s ever present and in constant need of direction.

Crayons, construction paper, water paints, washable markers, coloring books, and drawing paper are but a few of the items that should be available for that creative child that enjoys thinking out of the box. Parents are in a wonderful position to bond with their child/children as they encourage this creativity in a positive environment.

School

School can be an exciting environment where creative children can explore the outside world and all its mysteries. It can also be a time that’s difficult and challenging due to lack of proper stimulation and not having a safe environment in which to release their creative energy.

From lessons in the classroom to lessons learned on the playground, there are always opportunities in which like minded children will meet. When that happens, encourage the friendship and know that your child will benefit from others like themselves.

Creative and artistic children are sometimes the butt of many pranks in school. Perhaps others pick on them for being different? Perhaps others are jealous of their abilities?  There are many unfair judgments passed on children that demonstrate talent such as the ability to illustrate or draw and the ability to write poetry or stories.

Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is an issue that should be foremost a subject that’s encouraged both at home and in public schools. There are none as cruel to other children publicly as there are at our schools and playgrounds. Creative children deal with low self-esteem issues because they are made fun of. Society looks at them as though something’s wrong with them.

What about the child protégé’ that shows remarkable abilities in playing piano? How about the “Doogie Houser” character from a sit-com years ago where an intelligent kid graduated medical school and became a doctor before he had his first date? Society looks at those types in awe, whereas the child that’s creative and spontaneous is looked at as odd?

Is it all relative as they say? Perhaps it’s not as relative per se as it is acceptable that certain types require certain treatment, therefore it’s perpetuated over and over again until those in society have had enough.

In conclusion, there are many challenges in raising a creative child, just as there are challenges in raising children period. There are no guide books that tell parents what to do and what not to do, however there are plenty of opinions as to what “they” think is correct.

Have you ever wondered who “they” are? I’ve yet to be introduced to “they” but society speaks so highly of them that “they” must be very important people. When it all comes down to what’s best for our children, and how they are raised, isn’t it most important that they were loved, they were wanted, and they mattered above all else?