The winter issue of Tender Tidings, the free magazine for intentional Catholic parents, is now available for viewing! Just click on the flipbook to explore. http://intentionalcatholicparenting.com/?p=211
This issue is devoted to raising creative children. Dr. Greg Popcak wrote an article on why family creativity time is good for the whole family; Marcia Mattern shares ideas about creating a prayer corner in our homes; Michaelyn Hein has some great ideas for making story time more creative.
look for my article
Ingenuity and Creativity are Birthed in Boredom
When your kids announce that they are bored, how do you respond?
Do you rush to fix this horrible state of affairs? Well boredom is not a disease that needs cured.
All children need free time to discover who they are, what they are good at and what they enjoy. Provide them with art materials, books, old-fashioned wooden blocks, cardboard boxes and a costume box ; let them discover the joy of creating something beautiful out of nothing.Unplug your kids from all electronics everyday and give them the gift of time, time even to lay on the grass and simply look at the clouds.
I learned early in my mothering career 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.Surrounded by babies and toddlers, I was not free to entertain my children nor did we have enough money to keep them in an endless round of paid activities. 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 discover the joy of creating something beautiful out of nothing. My house was decorated in an 'Early Childhood Art' theme for about 20 years. Living on a farm also gave them plenty of room to let their imaginations fly free using costumesand forest or barn forts to engage in games of pretend. Of course we included the kids in everything we did from baking, fixing the car, woodworking, gardening and caring for animals.
Unwittingly we blessed our offspring with skills and tools which have enriched their lives as young adults. At first Ifelt guilty that i could not enroll my kids in activities but slowly I saw the fruit of giving them 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 is creative. One daughter is a Red Seal Chef while another makes jewlery. Two 'kids' are an artists and another daughter takes stunning landscape photos. My eldest son designed and built a custom made kitchen. I crochet but we all love gardening and two sons do landscape design. All my sons do all of their own car repairs and home renovations. My daughters are creative with clothes and make-up, they dance, write and they all love to read. I simply stumbled upon a secret because I had no other choice but God has blessed our children a hundred fold.
Ingenuity and creativity are birthed in boredom.