“Adults, who outnumber kids four or five to one, are in charge. We wield the resources, run the world, and completely thwart kids’ creativity.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson
There are a lot of recommended toys and games out there that promise to enhance your kid’s creativity. That’s great, don’t get me wrong. I think you should expose your kid to them and see if it’s something that they’re into, but I always want to give some perspective on these matters.
I get that everyone of you want the best possible life for your child, but the biggest thing you can do is to allow the kid to follow their curiosity.
Your kid might end up choosing toys and games that aren’t generally considered “creative” at face value. While it’s good to be a well rounded individual, your kid’s going to get the best results in life if they’re given the freedom to choose for themselves.
If your kid finds tremendous happiness and value in mathematics, swimming, or working on cars while not being particularly interested in music, painting, writing, etc, then let them do it.
I remember playing with a Barbie doll when I was 8 and being told by an adult that I, as a boy, shouldn’t be playing with girl’s toys. That kind of bullshit can severely damage kids and make them feel like they’re “wrong” for following their curiosity.
Thank god for the fact that I have a mom who accepts me just the way I am. She basically told me that some people are going to be assholes, but that I should always let what I find fun and interesting guide me. If people don’t like it? They can stick it.
Having lived through harassment and general bullshit for not following a “traditional” path, I can tell you that the biggest dividends in life will come from your kid leveraging their strengths. If those strengths aren’t found in traditionally creative ventures, then so be it.
As long as they grow up to be a good person, you’ve done a good job and can be proud of them.
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