7 ways to destroy your child’s creativity & imagination

Despite having entered motherhood about 13 years ago, I still don’t understand why children are so curious. Where is the time to attend to children when there are excellent avenues like mobiles, tablets, laptops, televisions, parties & gatherings to go to? Children sport a constant sense of wonder and ask questions that are beyond understanding.
This has to end. You have better things to do than parenting, don’t you?

Here are 6 ways to kill your child’s creativity and imagination:

  1. Be available for everyone, except your children
    We lead such a busy life, where is the time to spend on kids? Professionally, spending time leads to promotions and money; attending to social commitments means gathering praise and limelight.
    Why would spending time with children be on the ‘to-do’ list?
  2. Don’t lend a listening ear
    Remember the times when you eagerly waited for your child to speak? Now you cannot wait for them to stop speaking. Why are they always excited to tell you about their day?
    Instructions are more important than communication, why don’t they get it?
  3. Compare with peers
    Your child was born as the most unique baby in the world. Somewhere down the line, the equation changed. Now every other child is a better dancer, performer, speaker, student than your own.
    Comparison is the best tool to make your child shine, is it not?
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  4. Never inform
    Why does your child need to know important updates about family and friends, changes in plans etc.? Adults need information, children neednot be told everything.
    You are not answerable to your children, are you?

  5. Criticise everything, better still, do it publicly
    Children can never be perfect. They lack experience, knowledge and exposure. Why do they even attempt new things and then complain when it fails? The home is always messy and the maid is constantly complaining.
    Negative feedback is important and when others are watching, the message is drilled in faster, is it not?

  6. Keep them away from everything
    God’s most precious gift cannot be left on it’s own to explore and discover. What if anything happens? You must protect your child from every harm. Instruct them constantly, let them know the pros and cons of each action even before they plan to act.
    Prevention is better than cure, right?

  7. Stay away from nature
    Harmful mosquitoes and deadly germs lurk amongst natural surroundings. There is so much filth around and it can harm your child. There are so many media reports that constantly remind you about how to keep your child away from all this. Building immunity can be done through medicines, why do you need nature for it?

Every bit of sarcasm is intentional in this post.

Feel free to add more points to the above list. I would love to read what you think about this post.

– Penned by Mayura Amarkant

This is my 6th post on Parenting. Here are the rest:

  1. Make Christmas Goodies with your child says TANVI SRIVASTAVA SETHI
  2. 15 Parenting Tips for 2017 by Basantika Bagree Sharma, ounder-KIDUCATE
  3. What was Aradhana Samdariya’s mother thinking?
  4. How to prepare your child for puberty?
  5. How did we train my elder son to receive his sibling?
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7 comments

  1. Most of the articles on developing creativity in children don’t put enough emphasis on the adult’s interaction with the children. This one does, in a very meaningful way. Thanks.

    Gwynn Torres
    The Creativity Institute

    Liked by 1 person

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