Joni, I have spent my life trying to be the best mom I could be to 6 VERY creative children. Today they are artists and musicians as careers, or important hobbies. They also share their love of creativity in many wonderful ways! I love your article and plan to share it. Something I always stuck with was "quiet time". In the afternoons of summer, or with preschoolers at home all friends went home for a couple of hours. Napping was allowed. No TV (there weren't devices then). Puzzles, art, reading, dress-up (making their own costumes if they wanted from paper, cloth, etc.). Most of this was indoors since being out of doors invited all the neighbors back over, although there was PLENTY of outdoor time every day.
Joni, I absolutely love your article! You have done a great job of pointing out the damage done when we are overly critical with children and I believe that your analysis is spot on. I want to share your article with my children for the benefit of my grandchildren.
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