As parents, making sure your children stay inspired and motivated is just as important as making sure they finish all of their homework. Here at Tutor Doctor we want to give you some tips and tricks on how to inspire your children, capture their imaginations and indulge in their creative side.
Work with them
It’s important to mentor and coach alongside your kids. Next time they start a creative project instead of telling them how to do it, why not join in with them? This will show your children that you are invested in them and will encourage them to not be afraid to explore their creative side.
Provide them with the right materials
If you want your children to be inspired it’s important to make sure they have all the right materials to do so. At home, instead of turning on the TV, encourage your children to read books, engage in imaginative play, paint, draw, write or take part in anything that gets their creativity flowing.
Find creative outlets for them
As much as it’s crucial for your children to have creative time with their parents, getting involved with other peers at the same level as them is equally important. Try finding projects, clubs and creative outlets for your children to get involved in. Peer to peer learning is not only motivational, but children can bounce ideas off each other making it an exciting way to learn.
Applaud effort over outcome
It’s important to make sure that you applaud your child’s effort throughout their creative processes rather than focusing on the outcome. This will make your kids recognise their own abilities and realise that the outcome of a project might not always be what it was meant to. It’s the effort and the creative process that kids really learn from. Once your child realises this it will encourage them to embrace creative time and not worry about mistakes or flaws in the outcome.
Expand your child’s comfort zone
A really easy way to inspire your child is to expand their comfort zones. Encourage them to learn about different cultures, ways of life and getting them to experience new or unfamiliar places. This will not only educate them to look beyond their everyday life but will also inspire your child to view things differently.
One size doesn’t fit all- creativity comes in different forms
Finally remember that one size doesn’t fit all and that creativity comes in many different forms. All brains process information in different ways, so don’t insist that your child chooses a certain way to express their creativity or engage their imagination. Ask your child what they enjoy and listen to what actually inspires them. Some children might enjoy being in the school play, whereas others might love writing creative stories in their spare time. Letting them discover this in their own time and own way is the most important part of the journey to being inspired.