Where do creative and exciting parents find the time and energy? We’re quick to get caught up in baths and bedtime, appointments and allergies. The idea of also injecting some meaningful level of art and culture into our children’s day-to-day just seems impossible. It’s actually easier than you think.
Surrounding our kids with an environment conducive to their potential is simple. Maybe you aren’t some great creator and it’s impossible to know early on if your child might be, but making sure the tools are within their reach is all you have to do. Instead of typical toys or even furniture and TV shows, fill your home with paper and pencils, clay and blocks. Instead of a fragile centerpiece, have a bowl of flashcards and miniatures. These days there are kid-friendly hand tools and washable, non-toxic paints. Every home can leave room for your child to discover their own talents or interests and it’s okay if they do that while you’re cooking dinner.
Keep an eye on the big picture. Socialization is important. They spend all day in school or daycare being social, doing what everyone else is doing and staying inside the box. It is just as meaningful to spend time in quiet spaces with their own thoughts. No need to pack your evenings with societal norms as well.
When the focus on arts and music is less and less in the typical school curriculum, we have to find ways to insert those options into our daily lives. Forget about the starving artist stereotype. Architects are artists! Art is just as important as algebra and while we want our kids to contribute to society, we also want them to find happiness. Society needs more than accountants and physicians.
Society needs our kids to see things differently once in a while. Especially since they will make these choices for their kids one day.