The joys and Tribulations of Childcare

A collection of articles written by mothers about their own experiences of raising children.

Helping Your Child Be Creative

It is no secret that raising a child is hard work for parents and guardians. However, in the frenzy to make sure that your child grows up to be a well-behaved, intelligent, and productive adult, the last thing that you want is to stifle creativity in the process. Allowing your child to explore his or her own imagination and express creativity is an important part of helping your offspring to develop a personality, explore interests, and learn at the same time. Because of the importance of creativity in children, there are some basic ways of helping a child to express him or herself that all parents and guardians should be aware of.

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Play Pretend with Your Child

This is an important way not only to allow your child to explore creative tendencies, but to build self esteem at the same time. Playing pretend is something that babies naturally begin doing around the age of a year and a half. This may involve something as small as a toddler holding a tea party and pretending to sip out of a plastic cup, or even a child pretending that a bedroom is a fortress. Playing pretend may not be as comfortable for adults, who sometimes have trouble seeing the world as anything other than what it is. However, it is extremely important that you get involved and help your child be creative through pretend play. You may consider picking up your child, setting him or her on your shoulders, and briskly walking around the house to pretend that your child is flying. This is something that all kids love.

Read to Your Child

A child is never too young to be read to; even for one that cannot yet read, telling stories to your child is a great way to get the brains working to visualize and imagine. It is recommended that you read a book or tell a story to your child every night. As your child gets older, you may even want to consider reading a longer book, one chapter at a time, each night. This can be a great way not only to boost your child's confidence, but to encourage creativity as well. Furthermore, you may even want to consider getting your child more involved by asking him or her to tell you a story. You could even write one together for a great and creative bonding experience that neither of you will forget.

Make Music with Your Child

Whether you have musical instruments at home or are using a set of pots and pans, this can be a wonderful and fun way to allow your child to express creativity. Music is a great way to get the creative juices flowing, and it can also be a great way for you to relieve some stress while bonding with your child at the same time.

As you can see, there are all kinds of ways that you can go about boosting your child's creativity. Be sure to give some of these a try today!


Please be aware that the articles on this site are written by mothers who are discussing their own experiences and their own opinions. They do not, and are not meant to, represent professional advice and should be read with that point firmly in mind.

Our children’s welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the slightest doubt about any aspect of caring for a child you are urged to seek qualified, specialist advice from a professional advisor.

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