Encourage your child to imagine.
The fact is that our children are growing up in the world, witch is largely deprived of imagination. Spending time in front of a TV screen or computer games, a huge amount of data is offered them immediately. Children are less and less expected to be able to have fun on their own, i.e. without technical assistance.
Unlike past times, when the children spent their free time outdoors, with their peers, playing physically active games and what they have created themselves, today’s generations are less hang out together, but with out certain toys, and even more sadly, without offered suggestions on what and how they could play – they fail to cope. In short: our children are less and less imaginative. We can look many reasons for this – great advancement of the technology, but also the behavior of adults in the child’s environment .Unfortunately, the environment is not always incentive for the development of imagination.
And those little outbursts of childish imagination often get stunted. For example, when a teacher reminds your child at a time of art that your child needs to draw a green and not a red forest, and that the sea is not yellow or blue, it has received a clear message that it will draw in the future as expected. Because of the various expectations we have of children, we as parents and their teachers, it depends whether the child will be encouraged in attempts to express himself creatively and imaginatively.
Socially acceptable expression
Particularly sensitive are the fields where it is determined creatively, i.e. artistic expression is supported, but not an expression itself. For example, many children write songs and their surroundings look at it very comfortably, but only as they are songs about love for the country, idyllic pictures of the spring, wonderful teacher … The moment a child writes a song about his personal problems, dilemmas, fears , about conflicts with themselves and the world – everyone forgets to look at the song itself, because its content is no longer “socially acceptable”.
Being like another …
Many parents teach their children to be “in the spirit of the majority”: “Do not stand out,” “It’s best to be in the middle” … are sentences that make it clear to children that any separation would be negatively characterized.
Unfortunately, even when it comes to talented children and positive allocations, their parents have no ear about it. They simply think that in a crude and harsh world, every talent and characteristic which stands out can only bring problems, and that it is much better for the child to fit into the middle of the center,but no in any other way.
However, (in pre-school) our children do not have as much contact with the “rough, raw world” like as many parents describe it.Therefore, when a child draws sky, bunny or trees in any color, it is generally interpreted as a characteristic of the age, not as imagination, so it does not pay special attention. Thanks to that, there is a possibility for your child to be imaginative. Namely, during this period, teachers in kindergartens, but also parents, provide children with content that stimulates fantasy (fairy tales, storytelling, playing interesting games …).
Precisely because preschoolers are expected to be imaginative and prone to games, in that period are the most common forms of supporting childish imagination.
However, when a child enters school, environmental expectations are changing. As if fantasy can be cut off and abolished by a sharp order, children who retain a way of thinking from the previous period are mostly criticized: “Now you are already a big boy. School is a serious matter. You no longer have time to play. You played hard enough when you were a kid … ”
Parents forget that, although the child went to school – not only did not stop being a child, but keeping certain things from the previous period can help a child much to get used to the big change in his life.
Some of the forms that can help the child, not only during this transition period, but also later, in order to keep their imagination for a long time.
Parents who have an open minds, who are curious and confident – allow their children more freedom. Especially Daddy can be inspiring in the different games they are conceiving with their children. One of the interpretations in popular (not very professional and scientifically based) psychology is that most men never grow up (I see mothers who laugh while reading this),and that’s because they didn’t play enough in childhood, and they now compensate for it with their children.
Schools of dance, drawing, acting …
Any course or school that supports the child in some form of artistic or creative expression will help him to keep his imagination in his world. What is important,is to stimulate him to be creative, which does not mean that this will be his choice in life, but will help him to develop his imagination and thus his own intelligence.Namely, children’s talents are changing from one development phase to the next, and only those who are brave and the persistent develop their talents further in life. What these schools offer is an extension of imagination and creative expression, and this is already, in itself, very important and valuable for every child.
Dialogue in the family opened
If the family fosters open dialogue, sincerity in communication and tolerance for differences – the children will be able to easily express their desires and needs, regardless of what they might not be expected, age-appropriate. When child knows that his thoughts and emotions are welcome, he is not afraid to be different, and therefore he does not afraid to imagine or dream … Also, open and democratically oriented parents can easily allow the child to be different from them and help him to form his own world of values and beliefs.
Imagination and lies
The only real danger of fantasy is lying. The boundary between childish imagination and lies is very thin, especially in pre-school age. Between the third and the fourth year,the child is still not aware of what lies and what the truth is. From the fifth year, the development of conscious lies begins as an attempt to avoid a certain sentence. By the age of 8, the child understands how adults are thinking and will have a clear idea of why it is lying (to draw attention to himself, to avoid punishment, to secure himself a better status in his peer group, to facilitate contact with parents – who are often not ready to hear children’s truths .. .).
However, imagination and fantasy can not be harmful. Even those who were very imaginative, dreamlike … one day they became like adults and they begin to replace the childish imagination with creative imagination, which is very good for advancing in life goals.
So allow your children to imagine what they want. If you harshly prevent them from doing so, you unnecessarily hurt them and hurt their personality. Remember that they will imagine only while they are children, finally, when you notice that your child no longer imagines, it’s a sure indication that he has become an adult.
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