Monday, January 28, 2013

Keeping the creative fire burning in your teenage girls

I recently wrote a piece about nurturing your teenager's creativity here. I think that as I've been watching my daughter grow up - and now she is 5'6", like me, which is weird - I have been pretty conscious of her ability to cultivate her creativity with very few bumps in the road. You know, being a teenager doesn't feel that long ago and I can't help but compare myself to her. It was hard - as some of you may relate to - and I think it would have been easier with a talent and drive to create things. Despite how things have turned out for me, there were some dry years where I really didn't think things I made were good enough to make me persist. When that doubt creeps in, the actual JOY of creating isn't really on the table. It is the perfect example of getting in your own way. So, it has been imperative for me to support Ava. Mostly I think it is just who she is, but we have certainly been supportive. I think it has paid in dividends.


2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the insightful article. Nurturing is the perfect word, especially with the focus on screen watching in one form or another, it's important to stay vigilant in focusing the appropriate amount of time on creative endeavors....anything. I found the key is to keep it fun, and when your kids see that this a passion and part of your lifestyle, that lesson comes through. Getting rid of cable helps too!

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  2. it's essential to remain cautious in concentrating the appropriate period of your time and effort on innovative efforts....anything. I discovered the key is to keep it fun, and when your children see that this a interest and aspect of your way of life, that session comes through. Getting rid of wire allows too!
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