Kids say the darnest things, don’t they? Last week, while I was driving my kids to the library, late again for our weekly story time session, my DD out of nowhere exclaimed “I don’t see crocodiles anywhere mommy!” She said it so innocently and seemed so utterly bewildered by the lack of crocodiles that I burst out laughing. Mind you, I don’t believe she’s ever seen a random crocodile on the street, the zoo perhaps, but never once on the street. I told her that it was highly improbably that we would run across a crocodile on the street, but who knows…My precocious 3 year old entertains me quiet often with her random gems. I have to say with mommyhood, there is never a dull moment.
This really got me thinking about the imagination of the average preschooler. These tiny people are so imaginative and honest to a fault, one cannot help but provide the avenues to nurture that amazing creativity. That is why its so important for parents to allow kids the opportunity to explore the many facets of creativity and talent that allows them to express themselves. Later in life, this will assist them in dealing with frustrations or other challenges in life that they may come across. A child’s brain develops and grows the most within the first 5 years of life. Parents often rush to entrust their children with the requisite foundations necessary that will contribute to their personal characteristics.
For my part I allow my kid to explore all facets of her imagination through art, music and especially dance. I used to dance myself and though I would have enjoyed living vicariously through her, she, on her own has developed quite a love for dance. I’m glad for this because it allows me the opportunity to teach her what I know, and watch her blossom. She also enjoys painting, something her aunt who is an artist helps to nurture. I mean, you don’t have to be an artist or a dancer to help your child develop their imagination, I say let them try it all, see what they like and pick something they want to focus their attention on. I believe in the long run it will center them and allow them to have an outlet. Its so important to be well rounded and try new things, that will give you the opportunity to express yourself without words. I can’t tell you how many times dance has done that for me. Of course sports and other outlets provide this as well, I say let them try it all… atleast once.