Quote: Parenting Matters

"If I screw up raising my kids, nothing else I accomplish matters much.”

~Steve Martin, “Cheaper by the Dozen”

Quote: World Peace Begins at Home

"Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater developments and greater riches and so on, so that children have very little time for their parents. Parents have very little time for each other, and in the home begins the disruption of peace of the world.”
~Mother Teresa

Pursue Life

Another great quote:
“First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life.”

(Matthew 8, ‘The Message’)

Time and Energy

"Housecleaning involves two things. It involves our time and our energy. What do our children crave most: our time and our energy. The American family has a problem when our floors and carpets receive more care and attention than our children.”

-- Brook Noel

Encouraging Creativity

image I’ve really been into famous quotes lately. They offer insight in bite-size pieces that are easy to remember and I just love that! Lately there have been several that have struck me so you’ll probably be seeing more of them on here in the near future.

Lately I’ve been pondering quotes about creativity and imagination. Here are a few that have impressed me:

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ~Albert Einstein

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” ~Beatrix Potter

“Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.” ~William James

In thinking about these quotes I’ve wondered what can we as parents do to encourage our children to be creative? Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
Let kids be their own personality.
Send kids outside to explore.
Allow them to make mistakes and even fail sometimes.
Don’t always entertain them.
Encourage playing and pretending.
Support them in their unique interests.
Don’t over-schedule them. Childhood should be spent in play and exploring not doing truckloads of extra-curricular activities.
Read to them! (Richard Scary books are great for encouraging imagination while building up the mind by rhyme)

Ok, now it’s your turn! I’m eager to hear your ideas! :)

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