Creativity Takes Time. Watch this video to show how adult clients were convinced by kids to give creative folks the time they needed to really come up with something worthwhile.
I’ll get the usual lecture: “I’m out-of-touch with reality, no child should waste “all day” playing video games.”
Talk about a waste—she’d lost an hour of her short life in useless slumber while I had built an entire village from dirt to dome, enriched an economy, created cathedrals and manufactured my monuments.
No matter our personal education, religion, beliefs or creeds, we can probably all agree on this point:
With hordes of data and advertisements aimed at our children on a daily basis, CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO REASON (*to use logic to spot actual truth)
If they are to succeed in life, they have to know how to filter information – including yours. Steps to help teach them:
“I know a lot of words,” she explained. “Would you like to hear about some others?” She listed several more four-letter words and offered to give the etymology of each one.
I didn’t explain that Dorothy Jr.’s erudition was part of an experiment of mine to see whether knowledge of taboo words could erase their black magic. If my kids learned the story of individual “foul” words, would they seem so foul when it came time to use them?
It’s not that I wanted potty-mouthed offspring. On the contrary, I wanted my kids to rise above foulness. Rather than be shocked or victimized by the crude language the permeates our culture, I wanted them to become connoisseurs of language.
There is no such thing as an “allowance” in real life. Why should there be one as a kid? They do the dishes and they get a $1. They ask for something, I ask them how much money they have? They do not ask me for money anymore, they ask me what they can do to earn money for something they want. Isn’t that what we want our kids to do – EARN MONEY, not ask or beg for it?