Developing Kids’ Potential

Dear Reader,

Thanks to See Jamie Blog’s post on Creative Capacity, I saw a great video on teaching creativity.

It made me think specifically about a couple of my kids, one who is a natural artist and another who is like the girl at the end of the story–can’t stop moving and does take dance classes. The latter in particular I am encouraged to keep in dance. He is a boy and I think may feel at times out of place in dance. I don’t know that he’ll pursue it long term but I can see it could have benefits for him now.

It also made me think about other ways we may stifle what is in our children. For example, I think, as Charlotte Mason said, that all children are born people–complete individuals. They are made in God’s image and have the resources in them that they need to live and grow and learn. They are born with consciences, the ability to tell right from wrong, among other capabilities. Sure, these things may need refined and honed. Children are born sinners as well. They need guidance and discipline to grow in the right directions. But often I think we give them the wrong things instead. We confine them and make them grow in the wrong way, so that in the end they were better off where they started, with no growth or guidance than in the wrong ways we forced them into. Our consciences are an example of this. Is an adult’s better than a child’s? If it has been nutured well, yes, it can be. But more often than not I think what we do is dull our God-given sense of right and wrong or pervert it in weird ways. My 6yo is at the stage where he is fascinated by tales of crime. he has a clear sense of right and wrong. Things are always black and white to him. Yes, there is grey in the world and he will have to learn that. But overall I think we go to far in blurring the lines. We could learn from kids and their innate tendency to label things right and wrong.



One response to this post.

  1. You’re right; there is so much to learn from our kids. Even Jesus said so!


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