Creativity and Parenting


Today, everyone wants to be creative. Not just use, we want our children to be creative too. But how? This is one way.

Many subjects indicated that as children they had enjoyed a marked degree of autonomy from their parents. They were entrusted with independent judgment and allowed to develop curiosity at their own pace without overt supervision or interference. MacKinnon noted of these parents, “They did not hesitate to grant him rather unusual freedom in exploring his universe and in making decisions for himself — and this early as well as late. The expectation of the parent that the child would act independently but reasonably and responsibly appears to have contributed immensely to the latter’s sense of personal autonomy which was to develop to such a marked degree.”

– Pierluigi Serraino in The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study quoted in Brainpickings in The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person

But are we ok to deal with what this increased creativity means? As parents, can our ego, our emotions handle this:

The offspring often reported a sense of remoteness, a distance from their elders, which ultimately helped them avoid, the scientists argued, the overdependence — or momentous rejection — that often characterizes parent-child relationships, both of which were believed to interfere with the unencumbered unfolding of the self through the creative process.

– Pierluigi Serraino in The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study quoted in Brainpickings in The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person

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