Nurturing an Artist in Your Kiddie

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We parents simply can’t get enough of dreaming for our kiddies. I sometimes look at my child asleep, wondering whether he’ll be an astronaut or scientist until I stop and smile at the wildness of my imaginations. While I know it isn’t for me to decide, I want to make sure that I do my part well as a parent for now. As much as I can, I want to support my child and do my best to mold him into the person fit for his dream. I’ll start by nurturing the artist in my kiddie.

I believe all hobby, interest, and profession are rooted in the love of the arts. Success in anything requires creativity, right? A recent study in addition, has confirmed that art makes people smart after observing significant improvement among some student participants they brought to a museum. The students have showed impressive measures of tolerance, historical empathy, and sustained interest in culture even after finishing the essays required of them.

If you want to nurture an artist in your kiddie and contribute to their colorful future, follow these tips:

Develop imaginations by asking questions

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Ask your kiddie some questions that start with “what if” and “I wonder”, such as “What if I pull the other end of this rope while it’s tied to the shelf?” and “I wonder what color we’ll produce with blue and yellow?” Experts say these questions push kiddies to use imagination as they think of a creative but at the same time (somehow) logical answer. It also sparks their interest in problem solving, teaches them to explore alternatives, and consider options.

You can ask these questions after bringing your kiddie to a museum or anywhere related to art. While standing in front of a painting ask, “I wonder what the artist was thinking when he made this” or “What if you can replace the sun as the subject, what would you choose?”

Provide encouraging materials

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What your kiddies need mostly are tools for experimentation and exploration. Don’t throw away materials your children may use like cardboard box, which is great for play, performance, and imagination. After this when your kiddie starts showing you what they made out of the box, don’t forget to value their effort, ask them to explain the artwork, and compliment.

Other than cardboard boxes and other art materials, you can also give your child a kiddie tablet especially designed to cater to their age. There are many devices available in the market, but choose one preloaded with apps that let kiddies doodle and easily draw, erase, and color images. In this way, you help nurture an artist in your child who can also keep up with the modern technologies today. 

Encourage positive values

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Nurturing an artist in your kiddie is the also one of the best times to teach them about positive values. Surely, you want your child to grow into a disciplined artist, right? Encourage hard work, perseverance, as you help your kiddie get up from a downfall. Help them learn from mistakes by asking “What didn’t work?‘, inspire them never to give up, continue taking risks, and just work on improving in their craft. 

Know when to let them be

Your role is to provide support, but this doesn’t include deciding every hour of your kiddie’s schedule. Don’t crowd their daily task list with organized activities out of wanting to nurture their creativity, as this is improper and unnatural. Give your kiddie time to be alone, freedom to daydream, and to study life on their own – along your boundaries, of course. 

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We all want to have a little musician, dancer, actor, filmmaker, or artist like Pablo Picasso, but we can only get as far as providing parental support and experimental tools. We can never decide how it’s exactly going to be for our kiddies. Just allow it to happen, parents! Follow the tips mentioned above to awake the artist in your child, and give them freedom to be whoever they dream to be.

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Gifted Kids Are Born, Smart Children Are Taught, But Intelligent Kiddies Are Made

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Long before you have decided to get married and have a baby, you hoped to have a gifted kiddie you’d be proud of,right? So now that you’re in the actual stage of this challenging yet fulfilling endeavor, you wonder if smart children are born and not made. Well, let me tell you that the power to raise an intelligent child lies in you and your partner’s dedication to do your part as responsible parents.

Notice how I used gifted, smart, and intelligent interchangeably. These three words all mean the same thing, referring to being exceptional and superior. However, in the real world of child rearing, gifted is more of talent, smart of cleverness and wit, and intelligent is of academic performance.

While gifted children are born with their unique talent, and smart children successfully acquired cleverness and wit through experiences, intelligent kiddies owe it to their parents. Here are ways on how to raise intelligent children you’ll surely be proud to call your living legacies.

Nurture your kiddie’s love for reading

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According to research, kiddies who read develop a lifelong interest in the activity, enabling them to do well in school and succeed in adulthood. Start reading a story to your toddler every night until they learn to read on their own. Other than giving your kids a good impression about reading, it also serves as a head start to develop language skills.

In today’s world of modern technology, you can give your kiddies their portion of innovation with tech products that serve as aids for reading. Opt for one preloaded with apps that feature the perfect approach to kids of all ages. Search the web for e-learning gadgets available in the Philippine market.

Praise efforts not inborn gifts

Praise your child’s efforts to study and learn instead of paying too close attention to their inborn gifts. If you do the latter, they’ll tend to choose easy tasks and avert any challenge that can damage their reputation of being smart. Challenge is crucial and they need it to grow, along with failing every now and then. Failing, on the other than hand, shows that a person sets goals that are high enough. Your kiddie needs to experience both so as to achieve anything worthwhile in life.

After praising your kiddie’s effort, don’t forget to reward them with a healthy gift (such as favorite food or school item) whenever they have new achievements from learning and studying hard.

Provide your kiddies with the right meals

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In a report published last year in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, experts mentioned that the first effective way to boost child’s intelligence is by supplementing their diet with fish oil. In infancy and childhood, the amount of the Omega-3 DHA or fish oil is closely tied to intelligence and cognitive performance. Do your job as a responsible parent by giving your kiddies meals with great amounts of fish oil more frequently.

In addition, provide your kids with vitamins perfect for their age, fresh fruits with every meal if possible, and vegetables for more balanced and intelligence-boosting meals.

Recognize the positive effects of physical activities

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Let your kids out of the house to play. More than developing social skills as they play with other kiddies, it also promotes foundation for intellectual, physical, and emotional skills. They will learn to combine impressions, feelings, and ideas. Play is also a great way to exercise and increase blood flow to the brain to build new brain cells. It helps develop mental sharpness other than strong bones.

Monitor daily activities and technology use

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In this age of technology, your child may prefer to stay inside the house to play video games or log in to social media over any activity. As parents, it is your responsibility to regulate their tech use by monitoring daily activities and setting a good example. Doing this will also instill self-discipline. Furthermore, explain also that technology and devices were invented to improve life for everyone, not to encourage children to depend on it in any unhealthy way. For balanced learning and holistic development, teach your child to allocate time to physical and e-learning activities.

Kiddies can be gifted, smart, intelligent, or all of these three. Intelligence, however, is the only one completely dependent on how you perform as a parent. Cling to the passion and dedication you have, follow the guidelines mentioned above, and raise intelligent kiddies who will be worth all the effort you’ve invested.

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