The Huff Post on Kids & Creativity – Right on!

I am desperately trying to stay focused with preparing a ton of material for my blogs this week. I am busy working on something funny and silly, my latest groovalicious gotta get, and much more, and then BAM – I had to stop in the middle of what I was doing when this post came across my desk.  The post titled If We Don’t Let Our Children Play, Who Will Be the Next Steve Jobs by Darell Hammond stopped me dead in my tracks.

Yes, I mostly write about the woman part of being a mom.  Starting a business, rebranding, learning the ins and outs of social media, employing the rights and wrongs of networking are all my specialty.  So, you ask what’s with the parenting commentary? Well, simply put, I am mom.

I felt the need to diverge from the ‘I am woman, hear me roar’ side of this blog and pay mention to the parenting aspect of being a mom.  Just last week, a group of moms and I were joking on Facebook about how much homework sucks.  A girls night out resulted in some discussion of homework being a general pain in the ass.  Homework, kids, and grades were the topics of choice on Daily Buzz Moms today.  Not to mention the anxiety that I already feel at 1 p.m. about the boys coming home with a ton of work.

The general essence of most of the aforementioned chats was our kids all have unique personas that must be recognized in school along with most of the homework being BUSY work.  My boys walk in the door at 4 pm. from school, and in order to get enough sleep they are in bed by 8:00 9:00 p.m.  Four hours is a short amount of time to be creative, burn off excess energy, eat a healthy dinner, do homework, watch a little TV, read, and DECOMPRESS with their thoughts.

Now, this is all based on how I feel and then SMACK, there is the Huffington Post backing a post on the subject of kids and creativity, exploring, and frankly – where the hell did it go?

You see I got one of those kids that zones out when disinterested in the mundane.  This weekend alone, this little guy took a recycled gatorade bottle, some tape, scissors, and a few other supplies from the playroom and built an airplane.  To this child, filling in the circles is the last thing on his mind when he is dreaming of playing with his newly crafted airplane…which, he probably will have very little time to do.

Darrell Hammond who wrote the post for Huffington encourages parents to let their kids go play outside.  If we do not instill a sense of exploration in our children rather than just filling in the bubbles, we risk failing the entire generation.  POWERFUL – right?

As parents, we feel as though we must enforce the homework and pray for A’s and B’s on those multiple choice tests, but maybe it is our job to encourage the creativity?

I urge all of you to enjoy an hour of creative something with your kids tonight or every night this week.  Put a time limit on homework, and go play outside.  Talk a walk, ride a bike, build a gokart, play princess in the tower, jump in leaves, or whatever strikes your fancy.

What are your thoughts?  Are we too fixated on filling in the dots?


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  • Dr. G October 25, 2011, 8:17 AM

    It’s all about balance, right? My mom would say “everything in moderation”and that makes sense to me. Play is every bit as important as work.
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    • Rachel Blaufeld October 26, 2011, 9:23 AM

      Yes – I agree – all in moderation, but just do not send busy work to simply send work? Rachel

  • Leah October 25, 2011, 8:33 AM

    This is so interesting Rachel. I too find it hard to allow for “free” time in the midst of dinner, practicing piano, homework, etc. I feel like I chase her around going “you have to finish your Blank! ” all the time. She wants to rest and eat and I’m looking at the clock thinking, she has to do it now or we’ll never get it all done. So what IS the answer? If they don’t add more hours to the day it will have to be balance and moderation. Thanks for reminding us its ok to let them be their creative selves once in a while 🙂
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    • Rachel Blaufeld October 26, 2011, 9:24 AM

      Leah – it is a hard balance – right? we want them to be smart and successful, but also we want them to be kids! Rachel

  • Jessica @FoundtheMarbles October 26, 2011, 11:06 AM

    It’s so true. The imagination is an amazing tool and we as parents have to remember that.
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