Raising Creative Kids

Raising Creative Kids

by Susan Daniels PhD, Daniel B Peters


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How can you nurture creativity in your child? Raising Creative Kids shows parents and teachers how to guide and foster creativity and sustain the creative spirit we are born with. In addition to explaining various theories of creativity, the authors describe: Personality traits associated with creativity, Processes involved in creativity, Ways to parent for creativity, Activities that promote creative thinking, Programs to cultivate creativity, Teaching organization skills, How to preserve your own creativity

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935067214
Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2013
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Creativity Is for Everyone! 3

Enhancing Our Understanding of Creativity Enhances Our Creativity 5

The Four P's of Creativity 6

The Four C Model of Creativity 6

Table 1.1 The Four C Model of Creativity: An Overview 8

Creative Kids We'd Like to Introduce to You 9

Bringing It Home 13

Table 1.2 Celebrate Creativity! 14

Chapter 2 Personality Characteristics and Creative Potential 15

Imagination 16

Need for Privacy and Alone Time 17

Daydreaming 18

Persistence 18

High Energy 20

Independence 20

Risk Taking 22

Open-Mindedness 23

Curiosity 24

Sense of Humor/Playfulness 24

Attraction to Complexity 25

Artistic Interests and Aesthetic Perspectives 27

Sensitivity and Intensity 27

Perception 29

Awareness of Creativity 31

Bringing It Home 31

Chapter 3 Creative Processes and Activities for Creative Thinking 33

Table 3.1 Convergent Thinkers vs. Divergent Thinkers 34

Imagination 36

Awareness 38

Curiosity 41

Table 3.2 Creativity/Curiosity Question Matrix 42

Brainstorming 43

Fluency 45

Flexibility 46

Elaboration 47

Writing 48

Doodling, Drawing, Painting… 49

Creative Dramatics 52


Children's "Toolbox" 56

Table 3.3 Objects for Your Child's Toolbox 57

Bringing It Home 58

Chapter 4 Creative Projects, Products, and Programs 59

Destination Imagination 60

FIRST LEGO League 63

Future Problem Solving 65

Maker Faire/Young Makers Program 68

Odyssey of the Mind 69

PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest 71

Roots & Shoots 72

Bringing It Home 74

Chapter 5 Creative Press: The Family Environment 75

Creative Space: Welcome Home 76

Creative Zones 77

Attitude 80

Time Out 80

Time In 81

Right in Your Own Backyard-Nature and the Creative 82

Fieldtrips 85

Bringing It Home, and to the Zoo, and to a Museum of Modern Art… 87

Chapter 6 Creativity in Early and Middle Childhood: When Play Is Work and Work Is Play 89

When a Child's Work Is a Child's Play 91

Wired for Play, Imagination, and Creativity 91

Play and Creative Exploration in Young Children 92

Play as Process and Product 95

Creativity Killers: When Play Is No Longer Fun 95

True Stories of Creative Children as Artists and Scientists 97

Bringing It Home 99

Chapter 7 The Creative Teen: What Happened to My Child? 101

Devon 104

Sabrina 105

Dualities within the Gifted Brain 106

Asynchrony 111

Bringing It Home 112

Chapter 8 Parenting Your Creative Child 115

The Nurturing Parent 117

Trust 118

Respect 119

Support 120

Enjoyment 121

Protection 121

Role Modeling 122

More Suggestions 122

Understand Your Mindset 124

Offer Structured Flexibility 126

Give Choices Instead of Commands 128

Provide Consistent Boundaries 129

Use Natural and Logical Consequences versus Punishment 132

Pick Your Battles 133

Focus on Your Child's Strengths 134

Bringing It Home 135

Chapter 9 Learning Organization Skills: Surviving and Thriving in Life as We Know It 137

Brain Development and Executive Functioning 138

Eleven Essential Executive Planning Skills 141

Goodness of Fit 144

Making a Plan 146

Enhance Working Memory, The Gateway to Attention 147

Teach Planning and Prioritizing 149

Foster Organization 149

Encourage Time Management 150

Cultivate Metacognition 151

Build Response Inhibition 153

Improve Emotional Self-Control 155

Strengthen Sustained Attention 156

Teach Task Initiation 157

Support Goal-Directed Persistence 158

Encourage Flexibility 159

Parenting Skills for Supporting Your Child's Continued Growth and Development 161

Troubleshooting 163

"Wide interests? Distractible? Does my child have ADHD?" 163

Bringing It Home 164

Chapter 10 Essential 21st-century Skills: Preparing Your Child for the Future 167

The Seven Survival Skills 168

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 169

Collaboration across Networks and Leading by Influence 170

Initiative and Entrepreneurship 171

Agility and Adaptability 172

Effective Oral and Written Communication 173

Accessing and Analyzing Information 173

Curiosity and Imagination 174

Learning for Life in Our Times 175

Working Creatively with Others 176

Bringing It Home 177

Creativity Program Organization Websites 179

Endnotes 181

References 185

Index 191

About the Authors 197

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SukiWessling1 More than 1 year ago
Susan Daniels and Dan Peters of Summit Center are well-known in the world of gifted psychology. Daniels is co-editor of the wonderful compilation of essays, Living With Intensity, which tackled the joys and pitfalls of raising, educating, and being intense, gifted people. In this new book, Daniels and Peters move over slightly to feature thoughts on parenting, educating, and nurturing creative kids, a group with a large overlap into the world of intensity. The authors show that understanding and raising highly creative children can be just as much a challenge as raising intense children. Raising Creative Kids opens by making sure the readers are "on the same page" regarding what creativity is and who has it. The answer, of course, is that everyone can have it, but that our society, especially in our numbers-obsessed schools, works hard to squelch creativity in the name of order and quantifiable learning. Daniels and Peters argue that in this time it is especially important to recognize creativity, whether it expresses itself as award-winning visual art or, perhaps more often, as incessant talking at inappropriate times, inability to focus on rote learning, lack of organizational and scheduling skills, and other hallmarks of the creative soul. Much of the book centers on defining creativity and offers suggestions on nurturing it. But in the last three chapters, the authors get to the heart of the question: how to parent creative kids, how to teach them organizational skills, and how to prepare them for a successful life in the 21st century. This part of the book focuses on solving the problems that arise from the "dark side" of the creative personality. Creative kids may be difficult to parent, given that their tendency is to explore rather than follow rules. They often have trouble at school because the creative mind can sometimes coincide with slower development of executive function—the part of the brain that governs decision-making and prioritization. And being highly creative doesn't necessarily lead to being able to develop that creativity into what the authors call "Big C" creativity—moving from unfocused creativity to focused, purposeful creativity. This book succeeds in digesting a lot of information from studies and technical journals into a clear, helpful guide for parenting creative kids. Daniels and Peters offer advice on nurturing vs. permissive parenting, teaching organizational skills, and encouraging children to keep developing their creativity in a world that often seems to promote following rules and getting the "right" answer over all else.