C Have they looked with great expectation into your eyes believing that the idea they just shared was the most novel, incredible and fantastic idea ever dreamt up? Could you track their excitement as it bubbled from their boisterous, tooth filled grin all the way out to their all hearing ears? Did their eyes take on a dreamlike state as they seemed to envision the actual birth of this idea? And did they look like they might just pop if you didn’t share in the excitement of their vision?
I wonder if your heart ached just a little as you wondered how in the world to respond?
Helping kids to grow and nurture ideas can be challenging for a parent as we struggle to balance inspiration and creativity with reality. So here are a few things to try.
Let your child talk - sharing their excitement, expectations and dreams fully with you. Leave the conversational door open so that all ideas can be shared, evaluated, dissected and pursued. Allow your child to give voice to their ideas by including them as topics for dinner table conversation.
Give them a Dream Catcher Journal in which to generate, investigate, evaluate and record their great ideas. Encourage your child to think their ideas through. What will they need to grow this idea into a reality, who will it serve, will it cost time, money, manpower? And give them a space in which to develop their ideas more fully; be it a desk, a corner of the room or a cushion on the couch.
Connect your child with like minded resources. Find books, websites, museums or movies that touch on, investigate or expand your child’s ideas.
Do not worry if the idea is actually achieved. It is the process of investigation, validation, success and failure - all while having fun - that will motivate your child to continue to build their imagination in pursuit of new and fascinating ideas.
Everything that is new and exciting today began yesterday with a simple idea. Let go and encourage your child to grow their ideas into fruition.
Want to begin a conversation on sharing great ideas? Here is a great book to share with your kids , entitled What Do You Do With An Idea by author Kobi Yamada