Every child holds within himself a promise that there is a newer and different way to do things. Otherwise mankind would not invent, innovate and progress further with every generation. As parents, we need to encourage the natural ability of our child to be creative.
Give extensive exposure
Introduce your child to all sorts of environments, people and stimuli from a young age itself to widen his perception.
Provide ample opportunity
Give your child the chance to experience and experiment with all kinds of things so that he can explore his strengths and extend his interests.
Give complete support
Let your child have your full support to the best of your ability, in terms of material, time, facility and personal attention, whenever he chooses to do something with commitment.
Never ridicule the child’s efforts
Don’t ever laugh at your child’s efforts. No one starts by being perfect. So, whether it is the painting of a dog which looks like a monster or his attempt to build a clock which looks like nothing on earth, don’t hurt his feelings by laughing at him.
Always show your appreciation
Not only for the end result, but for his effort, commitment and patience too. Your praise will encourage him like nothing else will.
This article appeared in Hindustan Times