I find myself very inflexible when it comes to my son’s behavior, particularly in public. He’s truly a wonderfully-behaved, polite and compassionate child. But yet, I often react to the ways he expresses himself as if he were a supposed to be an overly serious 50-year old actuary instead of a creative, energetic six-year old. Why am I doing this to him? Am I killing some sort of creative impulse in him?
Ken Robinson’s TED talk on how the public education system stifles creativity has me rehashing some of these questions — not just about the education system, but how I as a parent influence how he develops his talents and creativity.
Perhaps I should lighten up a little and let his creative juices flow a little more freely than I normally do. Perhaps I should free my mind from the constricts of adulthood and my education, and rekindle some personal creativity as well.