When I write a resolution it usually has something to do with art and creating stuff that grows in my head. When I go too long without creating, my head fills up and something has to go or it feels like it will explode.
For children, with all that learning going on constantly, they need a creative outlet too, if one is not available a tantrum may erupt, you know that unplanned display of momentary insanity when they experience the loss of independence or the inability to tackle a skill. It isn’t until they get older and have learned coping mechanisms that the realization hits how foolish they were being. A tantrum is really just an outlet to keep their little heads from exploding.
Your child needs plenty of reinforcement to make it in this big world based on goals and expectations. One of the best support experiences is the artistic outlet. Art is a place where a child can express frustration as well as tranquility. Most children love to create something before inhibition sets in. They usually adore their finished work based on the memorized recording “good boy/good girl.” The really important part here is to harness that creative spirit before it falls from the sky based on comments from an outsider.
As an adult you can’t create art the way they do, the uncomplicated depiction of a simple life before adult responsibilities is beyond your grasp. Art is that one place where anything children make is marvelous because it is a time stamp and it is such a treasure to experience innocence through their eyes.
So one of my resolutions this year is to look closer at children’s art to become inspired by the sheer attraction of its purity.