Create, Create, Create!

Creativity in kids always costs something.

Energy

It surely demands support from mom & dad when kids are encouraged to be creative, well more like energy for mom to cleanup, and energy to teach to cleanup!

A bit, or even a lot of boredom comes in as well, because they need that, to think of something to occupy their minds and time.

So really, for us, its ok to not have a fully scheduled or structured day, or I would just allot a large chunk of time for free play, it gives me time for my own creativity, naptime, or quiet time as well.

The Bluedorns’ Ten Before Ten

Supplies

Harry and Laurie Bluedorn’s Ten Before Ten certainly recommends Arts and Crafts to be one of the ten things kids need to be involved in before they turn ten years old. Creativity does cost supplies too, for there has to be something with which they could create with, and it has to be easily accessible to them in their play area.

Another one of their 10 Before 10 recommendations is Play & Exploration, thus as much as I can, I let them play pretend on their own with their myriad supplies & toys lying around, happy mom, happy kids!

Salma’s cartoon

Ironically, the messier it is, the more creative in play pretend they can be! It is when they can’t even be disturbed from play to even eat, and they even run to and from the toilet as fast as they can!

In our household, music is a norm. JD is a musician and he did it professionally before going into ministry, then creatively ever since. So for the kids now, it does cost instruments, time and lessons from dad, and forbearance from mom!

Patience and Disruption

If they suddenly blurt out singing, humming, playing the recorder, lyre or keyboard out of nowhere, I have to be patient for that. I guess life with kids is full of those. That is life in parenting itself, it does involve disruptions, selflessness, and character molding moments almost every second.

Even if they drew on my lesson plan, study bible, or any of my books, (they really did!) I must be ready for it, (while not cancelling the teaching of disciplined creativity) if I hope to implement this in our home.

Apparently this is how they think to divide their time! When to eat anak?

Space

Whatever it is, it has to be kept. I guess that’s the sentimental side of my husband. He says, “Well we can never go back to this time of their lives.” True.

By God’s grace, we can manage, and we hope to raise kids who are creators, not just consumers.

My Adorned book by Nancy Wolgemuth “vandalized” as Shiloh drew Daddy as a shark, playing Tag with her and Salma.
I believe this is a certain horsey horsey named Bucephalus

This and countless others fill our home and I am blessed to have these happy, messy disruptions!

On Games and Character

We started to play board, strategy and card games, early on, and it has been a super way to spend time, especially on lockdown mode.

It not just prevented us from being on each others throats, but it helped us develop thinking skills(the kids), teaching skills(as parent players), and of course, for all, integrity.

Other benefits include:

  1. being a good sport in winning and losing,
  2. resource management,
  3. stretching imaginative skills,
  4. vocabulary building tool,
  5. develops fine motor skills,
  6. shows the value of teamwork,
  7. prolongs attention span,
  8. stretches patience and perseverance,
  9. strengthens family relationship,
  10. learning to follow instructions carefully,
  11. exercises creativity within rule boundaries,
  12. encourages healthy competitive thinking,
  13. improves mental math skills,
  14. improves strategic planning skills,
  15. encourages teamwork, and
  16. promotes hand-eye coordination.

Need I say more?

Marbles are a pretty common thing in our home! Practically every game we could think of has been played!

Definitely a huge considerstion as an alternative to screen time! It’s not just good for protecting the children’s eyes from that ghoulish blue light, it’s good for mom sanity too!

Why a blog?

Why did I start this blog?

There may be plenty of reasons to blog for some, and still a number of reasons for others. Personally, doing something tangible has always been a way of making sense of life in general. In different season of life, there have been many, i.e., reading, tennis, baking, badminton, swimming, boxing, reading, jogging, and rather recently lately, adulting by breastfeeding, chores, and homeschooling. In all those there is a semi-constant habit of journaling.

In short, I am kinesthetic, and so that really coincided with a habit of journal writing, and as it is, a desire to actually create a blogging page was birthed and yet not yet fulfilled.

I do love to write too, since those pre-pubescent and adorable gradeschool days in the hallowed grounds of my alma mater and also my home.

If you asked my about things in life in recent days or months, I can’t really describe them to you sensibly, but if you asked me about life events 3, 4, or 5 years ago and beyond, that would be something I could possibly make sense of, in light and with the power of God’s Word. I would have been able to process that already.

Somewhat I consider that as natural progression of getting old. The bible does say gray hairs are a mark of wisdom. Writing is good, by God’s grace and leading it produced the Bible. He knew we needed words of comfort as we navigate our already-saved, but-not-fully-sanctified yet state.

With the advent of an unprecedented global health crisis of this magnitude, it seemed a good a time as any to all the more make sense of what’s happening in light of God’s Word.

There seems to be a sense of calm and solitude as one would set about to write and unwind, (staring at a screen typing away, with a ghoulish blue light shining on your face?) but seriously, it’s another avenue of honoring the Lord with much that He has given me.