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Creativity is a choice—and if children are going to choose to be creative then parents have to be careful not to stifle it. What kills kids’ creativity? Here’s what to avoid.
The extraordinary and important-for-life thinking skills of creative children often go unrecognized and therefore unsupported. This can lead to serious issues at home and at school. Even if they don't have a specific "creative talent," we can look for creative thinkers as we look for budding sports players, musicians, and actors.
In the immortal words of M. Python, "and now for something completely different." For this column, I won't be railing against the demeaning mad genius myth and its wobbly underpinnings. Instead, I will discuss this unrecognized gem of a book, in which world-renowned artist Bernard Poulin -- a very un-mad genius, and father of two -- discusses protecting the budding creativity of children from the things that are likely to squash it.