How do you nurture creativity in your tween?
Like me, you’ve probably seen the statistics that bear out it is in the pivotal years between the ages of 8 and 12 when our girls are most likely to begin to doubt their abilities, to feel uncomfortable with their bodies, and to questions their place in the world around them.
These tween years are such an important time and as moms we have this great privilege of speaking truth into their hearts and minds, giving them a foundation against the enemy who will tell them they are incompetent, unattractive, and insignificant.
One of the most important ways I believe we can do this is by nurturing their creative desires. Far too often, it is during this time of life when our daughters, in their efforts to fit in or remain unseen, step away from the creative parts of themselves .
5 SIMPLE WAYS TO NURTURE CREATIVITY IN YOUR TWEEN
I’ve been thinking about a few ways we can keep those creative juices running through their veins, even in small ways, so that part of themselves doesn’t get completely lost in their tween years and beyond.
Cooking & Baking
Let your girl get into the kitchen and experiment with baking or cooking. This is such a practical thing but it is also a way we can encourage them to be creative. Let them try making a homemade cheesecake or plan a menu. Buy her the donut maker or the cookbooks she’s asked for. Let her stretch her creative muscles in the kitchen — and enjoy the fruit of her labors.
Decorating her Room
Okay, this one can be tricky I know. But give her the freedom to try new furniture arrangements or use the mismatched bedding. Let her hang things on her walls and pile her bed full of stuffed animals and throw pillows. Let her pick colors and styles you would never choose.
Developing her “Style”
Y’all, this was so hard for me. I had in my mind how I wanted her to dress and accessorize and, well, let’s just say, what she had in mind was nothing close. But I realized it was more important for her to feel comfortable in what she was wearing (as long as it was modest and appropriate) than it was for me to like it.
Even if your girl isn’t a writer, encourage her to keep a journal. She may not write long passages about all she feels but giving her a space to record even just the general details of her life can be a great way to give her coping and processing skills and, you never know, those pages with the hearts dotting her “i”s may one day be the early works of your famous author daughter.
We’ve had colors and coloring books in our house since before Casiday was born. I can remember coloring during finals week at college in the dorms. There is something about coloring that is soothing and gives even the least artistic among us the opportunity to be creative.
And speaking of coloring, my friend Wynter Pitts, founder of For Girls Like You, has just released a new coloring book, You’re God’s Girl! Y’all, it is so cute! If you are looking for a fun way to help your daughter express her creativity and learn more about the wonderful way God created her, this is for you!!We love @forgirlslikeyou's new #YoureGodsGirl coloring book! #prayersforgirls Click To Tweet
Let’s celebrate the ways our girls are creative — share about your daughter in the comments!
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