How to Manage Being Creative Vis-à-vis Being Disciplined

How to Manage Being Creative Vis-à-vis Being Disciplined

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Our little children love to explore the new world around them. Majority of parents will agree that it comes with a little compromise on discipline, a lot of mess and slight risk.
So why do we adults not treat our kids the same as adults? Do we not like to try new recipes, explore new places, experience new adventures and the list continues. Now you will say we adults understand what is right and what is not. We maintain discipline where required. We do not create a mess.
Well, my opinion differs. We do create a mess while we try new recipes, we do undertake risks when we explore new adventures under supervision and with precautions, we do compromise on discipline when we disagree with someone. The only difference is the extent of mess and discipline in both cases differ.
Here are the illustrative examples of solutions I applied at home with my babies-
  • My baby loves to scribble on the wall. It is such an expensive creative side where the walls were required to be painted every year. I did not want to hamper his creative side. So the solution of sticking blackboard paper on the walls turned out to the best. It allows my baby to be creative as well as the blackboard was removable whenever required.
  • My baby loves to paint. He spoils his hands and clothes. But what better than this practical method to learn colours and be creative. Soon he will grow big and understand that he has to be disciplined everywhere.
  • My baby loves to cut veggies. Giving him a knife is risky. So why not let him explore with a plastic knife?
Parents out there, let your kids bring out their creativity. It only helps them to grow. It gives them the required space to be themselves in this world where everything seems to be controlled. Of course, we do have to supervise them so that the risks involved, if any, do not hurt them.
PS- I do not encourage screen time in any form by mobile phones, TV or tablets. These hamper the physical activity in our kids.
Enjoy and let the child within you out!

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