So you’re good at the violin, and your spouse is exceptionally talented in watercolor. Or perhaps your specialty lies in engineering, and your spouse’s specialty is in the mathematical arts—for there is truly an art to mathematics the general public doesn’t seem to grasp; look into fractals sometime if you don’t believe it.
If mum and dad like music, or graphic design, or engineering, or mathematics, does that mean their children will have the same preferences? Maybe, maybe not. Just as opposites attract in marital relationships, children tend to deviate from their parents in certain respects. Even brothers and sisters can be vastly different one from another.
Sure, they look the same, think similarly, and have recognizable linguistic traits. However, children are their own individuals, and that means what they have skill in and what they dislike may differ from siblings or parents. Sometimes thespian parents have children who would rather explore computer engineering, and vice versa.
Fostering that in which children show interest is core to helping them fully flourish as individuals. Even so, today, there are many distractions; it’s easy for people to just collapse into themselves and become potatoes of the couch variety. Artistic pursuits can help keep that from happening; so we’ll explore how to help your children find their artistic niche here.
If you’ve got a three year old who gravitates to the piano whenever he or she gets a chance, then that child is probably musically inclined. See how they do with other instruments, and maybe get them involved in lessons.
Don’t force the issue, though. Also, be very careful when it comes to the musical instructor you choose. A bad music teacher can kill musical ambitions faster than a gambler spends his winnings.
The key to helping your children fully flourish in an artistic sense is stimulating that part of their mind and personality that naturally wants to create. All children are different. Yours might not find their muse in the same subject matter you do.
Sites like Craft Whack provide all sorts of artistic design options for your young ones—it’s like a buffet of artistic potential, and they can put a little of what looks artistically “tasty” on their mental plate. Maybe explore what online options like this have to offer with your child. Perhaps they’ll resonate with something they see, maybe they won’t; but there’s potential.
Sometimes the best move is to help guide your children through varying artistic endeavors proactively. Paint a picture with them. Color a little bit. Create something with Lego. Do a craft together; maybe paint a couple rocks and glue on antennae so you’ve got a little granite bumblebee. Play around and explore your own proclivities as well.
Maybe you’ve got a predilection for origami. Sit down with your children and teach them how to fold things into varying shapes; like cranes, or those boxy little diamond-shaped “fortune tellers” that seem to be perpetually popular at elementary schools throughout the country. Sometimes your children just need exposure to something new to find a new interest.
When you lean into what naturally motivates your children, they’re more likely to flourish. When you give them the chance to explore craft ideas and the like, you can help them find interests they didn’t realize they had. When you guide them through varying artistic creations, you help them learn their limits and abilities.
Properly applying tips like these can help your child artistically flourish. See if any of the suggestions here resonate, or at minimum use them as an imagination stimulant to help you find what works best for you and your children.