Designed to Create
"Look, mom! Can I have your phone?" "Mom, take a picture of me!"
"Did you get a picture of my -insert creation of the hour-
In my house having three children means there will probably be too many used cups on the counter, a small mountain of clothes in the laundry room and a child always creating something that I must document in some way! This morning it was a Valentine's box (2 weeks after the holiday) before breakfast. The other day the 2 year old spaced out blocks on the living room rug and begged me to take a picture. This week alone my crafty daughter created a terrarium, play dough birthday cake, and several posters advertising the circus (her personal one woman show she performed for us). Creating is a vital part of their whole body development and while it can sometimes grow repetitive to us as parents, it is a beautiful thing.
Do you still have the opportunity in your life to create in some way? Unless you have a dedicated art as your job or hobby, you might be one of the many who have forgotten just how invigorating the creative play process is. It's the way we were designed to develop and then be sustained. So the next time to feel a desire to build or paint something, don't deny yourself on the grounds that it is childish or a waste of time. It's neither and one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself!