What Makes Kids Creative?

Source: WSJ, Dec 2010

To nurture creative skills at home, parents can invite children to come up with possible solutions for everyday problems, and listen to their ideas with respect, says Don Treffinger, president of the Center for Creative Learning, a Sarasota, Fla., consulting group. … 

Asking open-ended questions and showing interest in answers can help.

Parents also need to refrain from judging kids’ ideas, even if they seem crazy or naive.

Raising a creative child can be taxing. Such kids tend to have above-average “spontaneity, boldness, courage, freedom and expressiveness,” Dr. Kim says. So they sometimes behave like little anarchists.

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