Raising Creative Children Part 2

In “Raising Creative Children Part 2,” I continue to share information about understanding the unique needs of our young artists. This week, I’m excited to share essential insights and practical tips to help parents and educators recognize the importance of providing time and space in a creative child’s daily life. By fostering an environment that nurtures their imagination and respects their need for unstructured moments, we can help our children truly thrive and develop their creative potential.

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Following the enthusiastic response to Part 1, I continue our journey into understanding and nurturing the unique talents of our young creatives. We want to be aware of their needs so their talent can be fully developed.

Creative Children View Life Differently

A creative child views the world through a lens of endless possibilities, where every ordinary object holds the potential for extraordinary transformation. They see patterns, colors, and stories in the most mundane settings, turning every day into a canvas for their imagination. Their perspective is rich with curiosity and wonder, and they constantly seek to explore, understand, and reinvent the world around them.

Common Needs of Creative Children

Creative children often display a unique set of traits and behaviors that distinguish them from their peers. I could list many characteristics of a creative child, but these will help you identify the common characteristics :

  • Vivid Imagination: Creative children frequently have rich imaginations and enjoy inventing stories, games, and scenarios.
  • Curiosity: They often ask a lot of questions and show a keen interest in exploring and understanding the world around them.
  • Energetic: Creative children are usually energetic and enthusiastic, particularly when engaged in activities they are passionate about.
  • Resilience: They are often persistent and resilient, willing to tackle challenges and learn from failures.
  • Self-Directed: Creative children often prefer working independently and may resist conventional instructions or routines.
  • Depth of Emotion: They often experience and express deep and complex emotions through their creative outlets.

When we pay attention to what our creative children need, we can better nurture their creative potential effectively.

Creatives Need Encouragement

Encouraging your creative child doesn’t have to be complicated; small, everyday actions can make a significant impact. Here are some practical examples to help nurture and inspire your child’s creativity at home.

  • Provide creative time and space to think and form ideas.
  • Encourage exploration and experimentation: Allow your child the freedom to experiment with different art forms, materials, and techniques, encouraging them to take risks and embrace mistakes as valuable learning experiences.
  • Celebrate effort, not just results. Creative children tend to be more sensitive to failure, and they thrive when we praise their progress.
  • Teach them how to fail. Failure can cause them to produce better work.
  • Watch for naysayers who discourage your creative child.

Creatives tend to push the boundaries of everyday reason. We want them to take risks and be adventurers, innovators, and explorers, but we must be careful not to make them conformists.

Supporting children’s artistic journey not only fosters their talents but also contributes to their overall personal development. By encouraging exploration, offering support, and celebrating their efforts, you are not only helping your child develop their creative talents but also instilling confidence and resilience that will benefit them throughout their lives.

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Raising Creative Children Part 1

Have you ever wondered how to encourage and develop your child’s creativity without overwhelming them or stifling their natural curiosity? I have. Raising creative children taught me so much about how creative/artistic kids see and engage in the world around them that I started speaking on this topic years ago. This topic is so valuable to parents that I decided to dedicate two episodes: Raising Creative Children Part 1 and Raising Creative Children Part 2.

During this episode, I will share practical tips to help you cultivate a nurturing environment that allows your child’s imagination to flourish. Whether your child loves to paint, dance, write, or invent, they need you to guide and celebrate their creative journey. So, grab a smoothie, relax, and let’s embark on this exciting adventure together! 🙂

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Before we talk about nurturing a creative child, you need to know how they think, feel, and experience the world. If you take time to learn some simple characteristics, you’ll enjoy the rewards of watching them grow and develop their craft.

Creative Children View Life Differently

A creative child views the world through a lens of endless possibilities, where every ordinary object holds the potential for extraordinary transformation. They see patterns, colors, and stories in the most mundane settings, turning every day into a canvas for their imagination. Their perspective is rich with curiosity and wonder, constantly seeking to explore, understand, and reinvent the world around them.

Common Characteristics of a Creative Child

Creative children often display a unique set of traits and behaviors that distinguish them from their peers. I could list many characteristics of a creative child, but these will help you identify the common characteristics :

  • Vivid Imagination: Creative children frequently have rich imaginations and enjoy inventing stories, games, and scenarios.
  • Curiosity: They often ask a lot of questions and show a keen interest in exploring and understanding the world around them.
  • Energetic: Creative children are usually energetic and enthusiastic, particularly when engaged in activities they are passionate about.
  • Resilience: They are often persistent and resilient, willing to tackle challenges and learn from failures.
  • Self-Directed: Creative children often prefer working independently and may resist conventional instructions or routines.
  • Depth of Emotion: They often experience and express deep and complex emotions through their creative outlets.

When we pay attention to what our creative children need, we can better nurture their creative potential effectively.

Supplies for Creative Children

By providing the right resources, environment, and encouragement, you can help your artistic children hone their skills and develop their unique creative voices. It’s about progress over perfection, nurturing imagination, and learning to fail and keep going.

  • Basic Supplies: Keep a stock of essential items like paper, pencils, paints, brushes, and clay.
  • Specialty Items: Occasionally introduce more specialized materials such as canvases, charcoals, or digital art tools.
  • Books and Tutorials: Invest in art books, online tutorials, and classes that cater to your child’s interests.

Your children look to you not just for basic needs but also for emotional and spiritual support. They need you to protect them from harm, teach them right from wrong, love them unconditionally, serve them with a joyful heart, and play with them. All these actions create lasting memories.

Practical Examples to Encourage Creatives

Encouraging your creative child doesn’t have to be complicated; small, everyday actions can make a significant impact. Here are some practical examples to help nurture and inspire your child’s creativity at home.

  • Provide creative space. Creative children need time and space to think and dream.
  • Encourage exploration and experimentation: Allow your child the freedom to experiment with different art forms, materials, and techniques, encouraging them to take risks and embrace mistakes as valuable learning experiences.
  • Celebrate effort, not just results. Creative children tend to be more sensitive to failure, and they thrive when we praise their progress.
  • Create diverse experiences: Encourage your child to explore various activities and environments, such as visiting museums, attending art workshops, or spending time in nature to broaden their creative horizons.
  • Encourage collaboration and sharing

When you add practical examples for your children, you will foster a supportive environment that nurtures and develops a child’s creative abilities.

Supporting children’s artistic journey not only fosters their talents but also contributes to their overall personal development. By encouraging exploration, offering support, and celebrating their efforts, you are not only helping your child develop their creative talents but also instilling confidence and resilience that will benefit them throughout their lives.

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The Ministry of Motherhood

Have you ever paused to consider the profound impact you have on your children’s lives? In a world that often underestimates the significance of motherhood, it’s crucial to remember that motherhood is a ministry. It’s a high calling, a divine appointment, and an opportunity to shape the hearts and minds of your children in a way no one else can. The success of the next generation rests on your shoulders.

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While others may dismiss the high calling of motherhood, they are simply blind to the truth. Mothers play an unmatched role in their child’s future success. We can’t believe the lies that moms don’t matter!

The Ministry of Motherhood

Motherhood is a ministry, a sacred calling bestowed upon us by God. In a society that often overlooks the profound importance of raising children, we must remind ourselves of the extraordinary role we play in our children’s lives. As mothers, we have the unique ability to influence, inspire, and shape the future through our daily interactions with our little ones.

One of the most beautiful aspects of motherhood is the ability to offer unconditional and enduring love. It’s in the quiet moments of rocking your baby to sleep, the joyful giggles during playtime, and the comforting hugs after a long day that you weave a tapestry of love that your children will carry with them throughout their lives. These seemingly small moments are the very essence of what makes motherhood a ministry.

The Attributes of Motherhood

Many mothers spend hours praying and asking the Lord to help them be the moms they desire to be. Friends, I want to encourage you by saying you will learn and grow in your role as a mother. Don’t be discouraged.

  • Nurturing: A mother’s touch is soothing, her voice calming. She knows how to comfort and care for her children in a way that no one else can.
  • Patience: Motherhood requires immense patience as you guide your children through their various stages of growth and development.
  • Selflessness: A mother often puts her children’s needs before her own, sacrificing time, energy, and sometimes even her own dreams for the sake of her family.

These attributes of motherhood underscore the profound truth that being a mother is more than just a role; it’s a divine calling. God gave you your children to teach and train for their good and His glory. But it will also require developing some personal attributes.

Personal Attributes of Motherhood

  • Wisdom: Mothers possess a unique insight and understanding, offering guidance and advice that can only come from deep love and experience.
  • Strength: A mother’s resilience is unparalleled. She faces challenges with courage and determination, always striving to do what’s best for her children.
  • Despite the world’s noise suggesting that motherhood doesn’t matter, it’s important to recognize that your role is vital.

Your children look to you not just for basic needs but also for emotional and spiritual support. They need you to protect them from harm, teach them right from wrong, love them unconditionally, serve them with a joyful heart, and play with them. All these actions create lasting memories.

Motherhood is a Divine Calling

Motherhood is a ministry. It’s a divine calling to influence your children in ways that only you can. While society may undervalue this role, remember that in God’s eyes, your work is of eternal significance. Your ministry as a mother extends beyond the immediate tasks of daily life; it touches the very core of who your children will become.

Feeling Overwhelmed and Overlooked

So, the next time you feel overlooked or underappreciated, remember this: motherhood is a ministry. It’s a beautiful, challenging, and rewarding calling that shapes not only the lives of your children but also the future of our world. Embrace it with all your heart, for there is no higher calling than to be a mother.

Remember, you are not just raising children; you are raising future leaders, thinkers, and compassionate human beings. Your role is vital, and your influence is immeasurable. Motherhood is indeed a ministry, and you are doing a remarkable job.

Keep leaning on the One who knows what your children need far better than you for wisdom. Keep going. You’re doing a remarkable job.

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Navigate Motherhood Without Comparison

As a mom, you know how detrimental comparison can be. Today, I’ll be sharing five principles on a topic that I believe resonates with every mother out there: navigating motherhood without comparison. As a mother myself, I understand just how easy it is to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. The seemingly perfect social media posts, the well-behaved kids in public, the moms who seem to have it all together – it’s a minefield out there. But today, I want to share with you five key points to help you steer clear of this comparison trap and focus on your unique journey.

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To help you avoid the comparison trap, here are five essential points to help you navigate motherhood with confidence and grace

Abide in the Word

The first and most important point is to abide in the Word. As mothers, we need to ground ourselves in the truth of God’s Word. It’s easy to get caught up in the world’s standards and forget that our value and worth come from our Creator. Psalm 139:14 reminds us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” When we immerse ourselves in Scripture, we gain perspective and strength. It’s in these moments of quiet reflection that we are reminded of who we truly are and the unique path God has laid out for us.

Remember Your Purpose

Sometimes, it is hard to remember we are called to run our race. Every mother has a unique purpose. It’s easy to lose sight of this when we start comparing ourselves to others. Remember, your journey is yours alone. God has entrusted you with your children for a reason. When we focus on our purpose and the special role we play in our children’s lives, it becomes easier to tune out the noise and focus on what truly matters. Embrace your individuality and celebrate the unique gifts you bring to your family.

Avoid Motherhood Comparison with Humility

Humility is a powerful antidote to comparison. When we serve others with a humble heart, we shift our focus from ourselves to those around us. Philippians 2:3-4 encourages us to “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Serving with humility helps us to appreciate the journey of others without feeling the need to compare. It fosters a spirit of community and support rather than competition.

Even in Biblical times, mothers were concerned about the success of their children. The mother of John and James came to Jesus, requesting, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom” (Matthew 20:21). While the other disciples took offense at her request, surprisingly Jesus did not rebuke her for her desire but instructed, “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (26). Following the way of Christ and humbly serving others is the path to greatness in motherhood.

Consider the Person Comparing

Sometimes, we are our own worst enemies. The person doing the comparing is often ourselves. It’s important to recognize this and extend grace to ourselves. We all have moments of doubt and insecurity, but these moments do not define us. Acknowledge your feelings, but don’t let them control you. Remind yourself that you are doing your best, and that is enough. Give yourself the same kindness and understanding you would offer to a friend.

Cultivate Gratitude Not Comparison

Finally, cultivating gratitude can transform our perspective. When we focus on what we have rather than what we lack, we begin to see the beauty in our lives. Start a gratitude journal or take a few moments each day to reflect on the blessings in your life. Gratitude helps to shift our focus from comparison to contentment. It allows us to appreciate the little moments that make motherhood so special.

As we navigate motherhood without comparison, our journey is filled with great joy. It’s crucial to remember that comparison is a thief of joy. By abiding in the Word, remembering our purpose, serving with humility, considering the person comparing, and cultivating gratitude, we can find peace and fulfillment in our unique path. Until next time, take care and cherish every moment.

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Overcoming Rejection

Overcoming rejection is possible when we focus on our emotional actions, mental actions, physical actions, and spiritual actions! I don’t like to be rejected. And chances are you don’t either? Honestly, no one likes to be rejected, but overcoming rejection is a part of life that we must learn to do well. Today, we’ll continue our topic on rejection. Last week, we focused on navigating rejection. While navigating rejection is vital to understanding what is happening in your child, overcoming rejection helps us protect the bond during the healing process.

It is possible to overcome the sting of rejection and experience the joy of restoration.

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Overcoming rejection can be tough, but there are several action steps you can take to heal emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Here are a few suggestions to help you move forward and regain your balance:

To mend these breaks, try to understand the source of rejection. This might take several conversations and sincere prayer, but it does help your hurting hearts mend and see relationships restored. It isn’t easy, but it is worth every step.

Emotional Actions to Overcome Rejection

Understanding these manifestations of rejection is the first step in a long journey of healing and restoration. Verbal rejections cut deep, but they often spring from a place of frustration or a child’s need for autonomy. Physical withdrawal and the pursuit of privacy signal a natural progression towards independence, while criticism and embarrassment reflect their budding self-identity and social consciousness.

Allow Yourself to Feel: Acknowledge your emotions without judgment. It’s okay to feel hurt, disappointed, or frustrated after being rejected. Allowing yourself to truly experience these feelings can actually help us process them more naturally.

Express Your Feelings: Talk about what you’re going through with someone you trust. Expressing your feelings can lighten your emotional load and help you gain insights into your personal experience. Sometimes, just hearing yourself talk can help you understand more about what you need to heal.

Seek Professional Help: If your feelings of rejection are overwhelming, consider talking to a pastor or counselor. They can offer professional guidance to help you work through your emotions constructively.

While all forms of rejection are hurtful, learning to stay focused on your relationship goals will help you overcome the rejection with hope and healing.

Mental Actions to Overcome Rejection

I’ll be honest: being rejected by your child is painful regardless of the type of rejection you experience. The path to restoration is paved with open conversations, where listening is just as critical as talking. It involves acknowledging your child’s feelings without dismissing your own, creating a safe space where vulnerability could lead to understanding.

Challenge Negative Thoughts: Pay attention to and challenge any negative thoughts that arise from rejection. Replace thoughts like “I’m not good enough” with “I am good enough, but this wasn’t the right fit for me.”

Focus on Growth: Use the experience as a catalyst for self-improvement. Whether it’s enhancing skills, expanding your knowledge, or simply cultivating a new mindset, focusing on growth can turn rejection into a stepping stone.

Practice Mindfulness: Engage in mindfulness exercises such as prayer or deep breathing techniques. These practices can help center your thoughts and reduce the rumination often associated with rejection.

While practicing emotional and mental steps to overcoming rejection, there are physical actions your can take that will help you navigate the conflict.

Physical Actions to Overcome Rejection

Stay Active: Engage in regular physical activity. Exercise releases endorphins, which can improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress and sadness.

Maintain a Healthy Routine: Ensure you get enough sleep, eat nutritious foods, and maintain a regular schedule. A healthy body can support a healthy mind, making you more resilient.

Do Something You Love: Engage in hobbies or activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether it’s painting, hiking, reading, or cooking, doing things you love can provide a great emotional lift and a positive distraction.

It was through prayer that I found the grace to release my pain and embrace hope, trusting that the strength of our relationship could weather the storms of rejection. God uses the rejection we experience from our children to cause us to read the Word and trust the Lord to help us work through the struggles.

God Will Help You Overcome Rejection

Remember, rejection is a part of life that everyone faces at some point. It’s not a reflection of your worth or capabilities. With these practical steps, you can nurture your relationship and overcome rejection. Someday, you will look back on those moments of heartache and learn to see them not as scars but as landmarks of our journey toward healing.

You might wonder what my relationships with my adult children are like. Well, they are deeper and more profound because of the challenges we’ve overcome. It’s a testament to the faithfulness of the Lord, of the love we cultivated over the years, and the transformative power of forgiveness. And it can be for you, too.

To any parent walking through the shadow of rejection, know that this is not the end of your story. With time, prayer, and a heart willing to heal, what was once broken can be made whole. The journey may be fraught with challenges, but it is also filled with opportunities for growth, understanding, and an even deeper connection with your child. Remember, the echoes of rejection can eventually lead to the harmonies of reconciliation and love.

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5 Skills Parents Must Teach Children

Welcome to our cozy corner of the podcast world, where I discuss the heart of strengthening families with honesty and wisdom. I’ve received several requests from listeners asking me about teaching life skills to children. I put together a topic close to every parent’s heart: teaching children life skills. This week, I share 5 skills parents must teach children. While there are more than five, the five I list are non-negotiable in nurturing well-rounded, happy children.

In an ever-changing and challenging world, teaching your kids about self-control, compassion, consistency, collaboration, and celebration isn’t just beneficial—it’s essential. Join me as I share the 5 Cs parents must teach children. Whether you’re a new parent or trying to navigate the teen years, these truths will help you lay a foundation for a future where your children not only make wise choices but also contribute to it with their unique personalities.

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Teaching Self-Control

Think of self-control as a muscle that gets stronger with every use. To build this muscle in your children, begin by guiding them to recognize and name their emotions, reinforcing that it’s perfectly normal to feel everything from anger to excitement.

Introduce them to easy, calming techniques—like taking deep breaths or counting to ten—when they’re swamped by big feelings. Teach them the power of pausing to consider their actions before jumping in. Lead by example, showing self-control in your own actions, and don’t forget to celebrate their successes in managing their impulses. It’s all about taking small steps forward, celebrating progress over perfection.

Teaching Compassion

Compassion is about stepping into someone else’s shoes and feeling with them. Guide your child to sprinkle acts of kindness wherever they go, from lending a hand to a friend to showing love to their pets. Teach your child to actively listen and validate other’s emotions without judgment. Remind them that showing compassion not only benefits others but also brings joy and fulfillment to their own lives.

Teaching Consistency

Consistency is key to building habits and achieving goals. Parents must establish clear expectations and routines for their children, such as bedtime rituals or homework schedules. Be consistent in enforcing rules and consequences, but also provide flexibility for adaptation and growth. Help your child set realistic goals and break them down into manageable steps. Celebrate their progress along the way and encourage perseverance in the face of challenges.

Teaching Collaboration

While learning self-control, compassion, and consistency are important life skills, teaching children to collaborate can impact every aspect of their lives, from school projects to lifelong relationships. Steering children towards team-based activities, where they’ll learn to share their toys and not insist on getting their way, highlights the value of considering other perspectives and chasing shared ambitions. Don’t forget to show them how to celebrate their team spirit and jointly celebrate victories, big and small.

Learning to Celebrate

Imagine your child has poured their heart into piano practice for months and finally takes the stage for their first recital. Instead of solely focusing on their own performance or comparing themselves to others, encourage them to cheer for their fellow musicians. Celebrate not only your child’s hard work and dedication but also the achievements of their peers. Host a small gathering where everyone can share in the joy of each other’s performances, fostering a supportive and uplifting atmosphere. By teaching your child to cheer for others, you instill empathy, kindness, and a sense of community, nurturing their social skills and enriching their overall development.

Teaching kids these 5 Skills: Self-Control, Compassion, Collaboration, Consistency, and Celebration—is an investment in their future happiness and success. By nurturing these essential life skills, we equip our children to navigate challenges, build meaningful relationships, and thrive in a rapidly changing world. So, let’s lead by example, cultivate a nurturing environment, and cheer our children on every step of the way.

It might not seem like your efforts are working, but they are. Remember, God tells us not to grow weary in well-doing. You have years to teach these skills to your children.

Thank you for tuning in to Equipped To Be. Until next time, keep parenting with love and intention.

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