Creative Inspiration With PiNS: 3 Reasons Why Children Need To Build Their Creative Minds.

“This is so cool; I wonder how he created that mum – I want to see more designs” – Jairus Jackson (age 7).

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children. – Sitting Bull

The comment above by Jairus Jackson was the driving force behind the quest to fulfil this fever pitch level of excitement. 

My two creative boys wanted to explore and learn more about PiNS, the artist business cards (picture above).

His unique design is perfect for the creative soul.

As a home-schooler with an entrepreneur streak, the desire and vision to combine creativity and business and make it possible, was a great strategic plan.

It has allowed my children to learn from both avenues, academics and real-life experiences.  

So, how did I make this possible and a reality?

Provide a space and the chance to organise a workshop that will enable children to experience a different world.

This opportunity will encourage their creative juices to take them to this world.

Most children doodle, and turn that past time into a long term career. 

Some give up their love for creative journey due to social judgements, lack of support and encouragement from people in their lives.

(Pic: A 9-year-old child who kept getting in trouble for doodling the class gets a job decorating a restaurant with his drawings – EPIC)

A love and passion for a creative outlet can quickly be snubbed and discourage, covered up as wise advice. 

Therefore,  understanding that when children show their love for a particular path, it must be watered and fostered within the right environments to flourish.

This path will allow them to cherish and build the right foundations for the rest of their lives.

When they lack basic foundation and direction, their imagination and creativity can be stopped prematurely. 

This may prevent any form of personal and developmental growth.

These three reasons explain why children need creative inspiration to help them build their minds and confidence for the future.

Getting creative not only help children learn through fun play, but it also boasts an abundance of benefits.

1. A greater sense of freedom

My boys would sometimes spend the whole morning drawing till late afternoon.

They create storylines with characters they have invented and phrases that bring their ideas to life.

Exploring and nourishing this aspect of their creative minds allows further exploration into their imaginative characters and what different narratives will evolve.

Since there are no rules, boundaries and restrictions, they have the pleasure of free flow and fun illustrations.

It position them to infuse in their characters whatever attitudes they deem suitable during play.

In the end, it’s all about stripping away their inhibitions and getting lost in the moment.

Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules – Anna Quindlen

2. Mental Awareness

Adopting a healthy mental wellbeing is vital for our children in the 21st century.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.  – Frederick Douglass

Especially with the rise of mental health cases causing all types of issues in the short term and ultimately for the long term effect on their lives.

Allowing children to be immense within their creative space help reduce and relieve stress-related issues caused by excessive use of technology.

At least, being free to think outside of the confinement of their usual settings, even for 45 mins of creative activity.

This significantly lessens stress in the body, according to an art therapy journal and by researchers in the field.

The true essence is allowing children to detach themselves from the world technologically.

To be able to sit and let their imagination run wild, it release anxiety built up throughout the day.

 

3. Increase confidence 

-The three magic pills to boost a healthy mindset-

Confidence, Problem-Solving Skill & Improved Expression

The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ –  Maria Montessori

We know and used the phrase many times over – but truly, practice makes perfect.

When we encourage our children to learn through play and creatively explore different hobbies, they become better at solving problems.

As well as having the enhanced ability to expressing themselves, which is essential skills for their life journey.

When creating, children learn how to communicate their feelings through the pieces they make instead of just using words alone.

This allow them to be resourceful and find new ways to help them tackle setbacks.

It encourages thinking outside the box and coming up with new ways to approach the norm.

These building blocks, which I call ‘life experiences’, aid in building solid foundational abilities.

This route will ultimately influence their level of self-esteem on a whole.

Proudly, my boys’ and other children get the opportunity to experience creative learning from PiNS, the artist.

This  collaborative workshop offers a series of textile-based creations, starting from the 10th of July 2021 at 11 is till 2 pm. 

If you want your child to experience this phenomenon as well, make sure to book the workshop.

The sessions will enable them to socialise, engage, and be highly stimulated to birth forth the creative artist in themselves.

(Pics: Jayden Jackson, age 9)

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life.

But rather a legacy of character and faith. –  Billy Graham

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Improve your Child’s Mental and Emotional Health

Guest Writer : Clare Ford
  1. TALK: “Emotional Literacy”.

One of the most important things you can teach your children is to recognize what they are feeling and to express their feelings in words. Help your children grow by teaching the many words for different emotions, and using examples when those feelings arise in themselves and others.

People’s actions can be “bad” but the feelings themselves are never “bad”. One reason children get stuck and don’t want to talk about feelings, even if you ask them to, is because they can confuse how they feel as being “bad” or “a problem” when it is actually the tough thing that happened that is the problem. Feelings are like important road signs, if we understand them and listen to them. They can teach us where to go next and what to look for.

Many children shut down when they are upset because they think all feelings except for happy ones are negative and shameful. When you teach your kids the language for many different feelings and invite them to explore and share them, it makes difficult feelings normal and healthy. The result is the development of emotional smarts and social skills. They can deal with what they are feeling, and have stronger friendships too. This also helps them have better self-esteem.

Even anger can be helpful when kids learn how to cope with it. The emotion of anger brings awareness that something is hurtful. When we recognize that we are hurt, our problem-solving skills can improve.

2. EMPATHISE: “Validation”

Pause and really listen to your child before offering advice or getting angry. This helps your child trust you and listen more openly to the advice you decide to give.

When children are upset, be careful to understand their point of view and validate that they feel that way whether or not you agree. Children and adults can better accept a different view of a situation once their emotions have been accepted and understood. Hearing the child’s viewpoint can reduce their defensive reaction. This doesn’t mean there is no consequence for breaking the rules, but it means they can express what happened or what their thought process was so that they can grow.

Children who grow up with their feelings not accepted will struggle in the future.

3. ASSESS: “Actions and Reactions”.

Children often show us they are having a problem through their behaviour rather than words. If your child is acting out and getting into trouble often, it is a clue that something needs to be done or that they need emotional support to cope and move forward.

This is a reason why the language of feelings is so important. It isn’t healthy if your child can’t tell you what is going on. When kids are acting out, there are reasons and many things can be done to help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help even if the difficulty doesn’t seem extremely serious. All children need guidance about emotions and relationships.

If you ask for help or learn more about emotions and relationships yourself, you and your children will benefit.

4. CREATE: “Self-expression”.

All children need help to learn about their emotions and relationships. It is our job as adults to teach them these skills. Every child is different so we need to figure out what reaches each child individually. Look to what they truly enjoy to help them express themselves. Play, games, sports, art, writing, dance, horticulture, photography, music, and acting are great ways to help kids learn to cope with difficult feelings and relationships.

Creativity is a natural human way to learn and express ourselves.

If your child has learned that feelings should be avoided, creativity can open them to emotions.

5, HEALTHY THOUGHTS: “Self-talk”.

Negative thinking about self is a huge problem for many people of all ages. This thinking often starts in childhood. Children are receiving constant feedback that they may not be good enough. Many children get “stuck” in thinking this way from hearing negative messages about themselves and then repeating them over and over in their thoughts.

Repetitive negative thinking about the self, others and the world can lead to future mental health struggles.

Notice your child’s language and comments about him or herself and others. If your child says negative things repeatedly, it is a problem. It usually means they aren’t feeling good about themselves and need support to problem-solve and change that type of thinking.

When kids practice negative self-talk, it leads to lower self-esteem and can contribute to low mood and worry. It can leave them more vulnerable to being bullied as well. Bullying is dangerous to self-esteem especially if children already believe they are not good enough. It becomes automatic to think painful and self-damaging thoughts, much like learning an instrument or a sport, but with a negative result rather than a positive one.

Look out for your child’s inner bully. Negative thinking is dangerous to mental health because it builds on itself.

6. EMPOWER: “Struggle and strength”.

Teach your child that every person will experience times of strength and times of struggle. There is no shame in struggling. Often children are taught to focus way too much on the struggles they are having and get “stuck”, thinking they aren’t good enough.

We need to help children balance the amount of time they focus on what is hard for them to learn and what their natural skills and passions are. Helping them build on what they naturally love is the secret to helping them grow self-esteem.

Counselling, social skill groups, life coaching and leisure activities are great ways to help kids build the skills they will need to be the best they can be. Taking your children to counselling, for example, to learn new coping skills in an area difficult for them, can be a big help to their growth and development. It does not mean that something is wrong with them. In fact, it makes them healthier, stronger and more confident people.

Our brains are designed to change when we repeat thoughts and actions over and over. For example, picture yourself and your child skiing or tobogganing. If you go over the same path again and again it will soon get very slippery and grooved in. It becomes faster and faster for the two of you to slide down that path. Our brains work in a similar way. If you and your child are rehearsing painful or mean thoughts, you may have become very good at something that hurts you.

To change negative thinking patterns, the person must start a different and positive path and practice that instead. Once people get used to a new positive path, they follow it automatically and they start to feel happier.

7. REFLECT: “Generational patterns”.

Many adults grew up being shut down and ashamed of their feelings. They tried to ignore them in order to get through tough times. We pass this on to kids unintentionally. Children are like mirrors that reflect back what they see in their environments.

Teach your kids to grow emotionally by showing them you aren’t afraid to express feelings and to cope in a positive way.

Don’t shame your children for having tough feelings or being upset. If you don’t know how, ask for help. There is nothing wrong with needing help.

 If your children need help, you want them to be able to ask for it, so it is important that you show them you are able to ask for help as well.

If you lose your temper, first apologize; next, show your kids how to grow by making emotionally healthy choices yourself.

Teach them by example to take responsibility for their actions.

Show them it is normal to make a mistake.

It isn’t your fault if you didn’t learn these skills in your childhood. It is likely that your parents weren’t aware of how to cope with their difficult emotions in a healthy way either. Fear of feeling gets passed through generations. You can make a change for the better if you aren’t afraid to challenge yourself and learn new ways to connect with your child.

In fact, this is probably one of our biggest responsibilities as a parent.

So why not browse some of the Clever Curriculum courses – for your child, your teen or yourself, or book a free 20 minute consult with Clare to discuss how to move forward. Book your call using this link: https://switchedonglobal.com/mums/coaching-and-mentoring-for-mums/
Listen in to the full radio interview here on the Mental Health Matters Radio Show.

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Imagine the daily whining you get first in the morning till you lay down filled with exhaustion!

Not bickering and unnecessary chit chat from your partner, but more the relentless nagging from your teenage kids… the joy.