Every child is an artist. They’re not an artist simply in title, but in practice. Children are artists because we expect them and then equip them to be artists. Somewhere along the way our children, our artists, stop becoming artists.
You can change this for your children and for yourself.
Is There Art In Math?
As a parent of three artists I am determined to remind them for the rest of their lives that they are artists. If my oldest daughter Caroline becomes a dancer of course she will be an artist. What about my oldest son Samuel and his love of numbers? Is there art in numbers?
Of course there is. How do you add 187 plus 312? When my son adds those two numbers he adds 300 and 100. Then he adds 80 and 10. Then he adds two and seven. That’s how my six year old son comes up with the answer 499. There is an art to how my son does math.
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Our youngest daughter Lucy will likely bring joy and smiles to peoples lives through her humor. Is there an art to comedy? Of course there is.
Parents Still Have The Most Influence
It is so easy and flippant to say that the world doesn’t encourage our children to stay artists. The truth is that we as parents have more influence over our children, if we exert it, than anyone else in their world. If you want your children to be artists the rest of their lives then they can be.
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Children believe who their parents say they are. Once we are out of our parents care we can decide what identity we carry.
What’s Your Label?
You are not the title on your business card because you’re never just one thing. I believe you are an artist.
Do you believe that?