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Nurturing A Creative Child

Most parents tend to pack their children's waking hours with activities in the hope that they will advance their mental development. But when left to their own devices, children may actually become more creative. In this day of hyper enrichment where parents lug their children from one activity to another almost every moment of the day and night, it is difficult to understand how boredom can be useful in a child's development.

After all, boredom has all sorts of negative connotations. But researchers in the United States now say that boredom can be actually good for a child's creativity. One of the important pioneers of this research is Kathy Hush-Pasek, PhD, a professor of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia and co-author of Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn - and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less.

"Forty years of research in psychology shows that to bring up a generation of creative children we do not need to drill them with facts day in and day out or treat them as vessels to be filled or make sure their every moment counts. We need to give them the freedom to initiate their own games and fill their own spaces and allow them to be bored," she asserts in a telephone interview.

Children need time to assess and reflect about things they do and learn. To leave a child to his own devices, a parent first needs to find out what the child's personality is. It might be effective for a child with strong intro-personal intelligence, who likes to do a lot of soul searching.

For a child with kinesthetic or spatial intelligence however, too much free time might not be conducive since such children thrive on activities. Avoid overdoing the boredom approach, as that can have negative consequences. Without any input and assistance from adults, for instance, a child might not be able to build upon his learning and find ways of being creative.

Characteristics Of Children

Do You Notice These Traits In Your Children?


  • Are confident
  • Are organized
  • Are eager to please
  • Are born leaders
  • Like to avoid trouble


  • Are negotiators
  • Have plenty of friends
  • Are easy going and relaxed

Youngest Children

  • Are persistent
  • Are great storytellers
  • Are affectionate
  • Are happy-go-lucky

Birth Order And Career Choices

Research conducted by a team of psychologists from Northeastern Ohio University. The City University of New Year and Datmouth Medical School has shown a significant relationship between birth order and choice of profession. According to this study there is strong indication that the first-born child is likely to pick up intellectual and cognitive pursuits while younger children are likely to be more artistic and sporty.

They attribute this difference to the fact that parents tend to be more open-minded by the time they have more children. Parents tend encourage first-born children to pursue interests that could lead to a prestigious career like that of a lawyer or doctor, and be more open to their younger ones showing an interests in art-related careers.


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