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Kid's Imagination and How We Should Deal With It

Children’s imaginations can be difficult. I mean, that’s the point of it right? To come up with ideas and perspectives that other people didn’t see coming. And so the things that our children come up with can sometimes be incredible or beautiful, sometimes be shocking, sometimes be strange indeed. But what it should always be is encouraged. After all, imagination is one of those things that will become more and more important as the years go on.

But how do you do that? How do you make sure that your child’s imagination grows healthy and doesn’t become a problem?

Active pursuits create a healthier state of mind

The first thing to consider is that you encourage your kids to practice their imagination in more active pursuits. This means that they participate instead of only observe. That’s not to say that observation isn’t a great way to promote imagination – but only if the child afterward takes an active role in reimagining what they’ve seen and experience.

And so, when children take something they’ve soon on television or online and make it their own, that’s great – as that means that they don’t just passively absorb information, but also interact with it.

What’s more – as activity and movement are healthy for the mind – the act of being active in terms of imagination means that they will generally get involved in more positive and constructive thought processes and fantasies. Of course, the correlation is not one to one, but it is there and should, therefore, be encouraged in whatever way you can. So encourage them to do so, by helping them find the best writing websites page.

Find them, like-minded children

The best way for children to practice their imagination is for them to find other children who are interested in the same kinds of things and activities. Especially for boys – who bond by doing – this can be important (though don’t estimate the importance for girls, either).

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to force these kinds of relationships. Some of us are introverted others are extroverted. That means that for some of us it’s important to hang out with other people while others prefer to go at it alone. Naturally, that’s something that you should allow your child to be.

At the same time, by giving them somebody that they can share their passions with, they will be able to develop their imagination and thereby hone it and enhance it. What’s more, it means that you can leave them to it, without necessarily needing to invest your time and effort into something that you don’t necessarily understand (or are that interested in).

Get them to express themselves through writing and art

The great thing about art is that it is timeless. That means that your child can engage their imagination when they feel inspired, while you can enjoy it when you actually have time to do so. What’s more, you won’t just be able to enjoy it once but whenever you want to, as well as allowing other people to participate.

This really is a fantastic aspect of art that isn’t often discussed – the sharing of it between your child and others – like yourself or those that can direct them on a creative path. What’s more, if they learn to share early on, then later in life it will be a great deal easier for them.

Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t any good

This is a hugely important idea that both you and your child need to understand. What’s more, as lateral thinking teaches us, sometimes behind things that aren’t all that creative or original hide ideas that are immensely original. It is just that you need to go through a valley to get there.

It is important, therefore, to tell your child it is okay to explore places and things that seem uninteresting or clichéd to you, or even things that you simply don’t understand. We all need to start that way to find the true gems that are still out there.

Let your child know that. Make them understand that just because other people don’t appreciate it, doesn’t mean it’s not good. Maybe it’s not for them. Or maybe what will make it good will be somewhere down the road. 

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