I learned that children need down time. They need time just to be and relax, even time to be bored because that is when creativity and ingenuity are born. At first, I frantically scrambled to run and help my kids with a newborn in my arms and perhaps a toddler wrapped around one of my legs. I was forced to let go, supply them with raw materials, blocks and art supplies and let them entertain themselves. Living on a farm gave the plenty of room to let their imaginations fly with costumes, forts and pretend games.Of course we included the kids in everything we did from baking, fixing the car, woodworking, gardening and caring for animals.
At first I felt guilty that i could not enroll my kids in activities but slowly I saw the fruit of giving the time to play like kids have played for centuries. They are self-motivated, hard-working but most of all each one of my nine kids are creative. One is a Red Seal Chef, others are artists, creative with clothes, make-up, dance, writing, woodworking, carpentry, car repair and they all love to read. I simply stumbled upon a secret because I had no other choice. Ingenuity and creativity are birthed in boredom.
One of my daughters is entering a contest for her baby room design, Everything is hand-made, recycled, second-hand and repainted. It is very original and appealing.