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Magical Creativity

Posted on 09-29-2016

In a recent episode of the podcast called On Being, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the best-seller Eat, Pray, Love, mentioned the loss of creativity in a child’s life. She says curiosity to be creative is one of the most important things to be fully human.

“I think curiosity is our friend that teaches us how to become ourselves. And it’s a very gentle friend, and a very forgiving friend, and a very constant one.” Passion, rather than curiosity, can drain us. We often think we want our children to be passionate, but this may not be so. Gilbert explains, “Passion is not so constant, not so gentle, not so forgiving, and sometimes not so available. And so when we live in a world that has come to fetishize passion above all, there’s a great deal of pressure around that.”

Some parents don’t encourage creativity. They think this person or that person is a creative person, rather than their own child, but the truth is that all children are born creative. It’s just that they grow out of it. And this is sad. This shouldn’t be the case.

“There’s no child,” she says, “that you put crayons and paper in front of who doesn’t get it, what you’re supposed to do. No four-year-old boy was ever sat in front of a pile of Legos and said, ‘I don’t know, I’m just—I’m not feeling it.’”

We encourage creativity at Kids ‘R’ Kids. We want our children to sit in front of magical colors and create. We want them to be curious.

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