Many parents want to raise their children to be the most creative version of themselves but believe it or not, that might mean “backing off” significantly, at least according to Adam Grant, who penned a recent New York Times article on the subject. Grant writes that the first step that you should take to raise a creative child is to back off, and points to research that found that most children who grow up to be creative adults weren’t forced to follow strict rules and directions from their parents. So how do we intentionally “back off” while still encouraging healthy creativity?
1. Limit Rules
Studies have shown that kids flourish creatively without stringent rules. Imposing too many rules on children force them to become dependent on the rules and on their parents, while kids who were not given rules were allowed to think for themselves. Obviously, rules and discipline are an important aspect of raising children, but they also shouldn’t be so enforced as to hinder the child from no freethinking capacities at all.