The Washington Times-Herald

Community

November 23, 2013

Imagination and creativity - it's a brain thing

(Continued)

Step 1 – is to demonstrate that you value imagination and creativity. If a parent values it, so will the child. It’s that simple. Where and how do you spend your free time? Do you spend it on creative adventures – together – that are eye opening and allow the imagination to run wild? Scouting at any level or age serves up eye opening opportunities that demonstrate and encourage creativity and healthy interaction.

Step 2 – requires some observation. What activities really attract your son or daughter? As a dad, we all want our son to be a sports star. Our schools and society have geared themselves to this, but seriously, what are the visual, verbal and non-verbal information we receive from our children. Very few sons become the local, let alone national, sports stars. It’s a nice dream but sometimes we need to simply observe the patterns and then trust our intuition.

If you have to make them practice or play, observation is telling you something! If your child leans towards visual arts then encourage it, if they are movement-oriented then give them space to move. Scouting offers a focused, time tested, program that can satisfy an observed need, we just need to take the time to look. Do not be afraid to go with the grain of what you see and foster your child’s observed passion.

Finally, Step 3 – is all about feeding the young mind. Creativity flourishes when kids are in the right state of mind. Without being to clinical, there are two relevant brain states, “pause and plan” and “fight or flight.” In the former, the body sends nutrients to the part of the brain where creativity is housed. In the latter, nutrients go to other parts of the brain and creativity gives way to instinctual action. Studies reveal it is really all about reducing stress to boost creativity. One way to do that is to reduce the pressure to perform and achieve, something kids face all too much these days in the classroom, on the court and field. All kids are placed under these stressors but only a select few will ever rise above. Achieving a balance between the system and our own observations is necessary.

Text Only
Community
  • What in the world is a glacial Esker? In a past column I featured a Dedicated State Nature Preserve with a very unique name. This was the Coastal Plain Ponds Nature Preserve in Jasper County. Another area also has a distinctive name. This is the Glacial Esker Nature Preserve in Noble Cou

    July 29, 2014

  • Tuesday's Area Briefs CorrectionThis year will be the 129th, not the 159th, Old Settlers celebration, as was printed in the Old Settlers story in the Friday edition of the Times Herald. Also David Beasley did not serve as the Grand Marshall. We regret the confusion.Counci

    July 29, 2014

  • Spry Anni. NAME celebrates anniversary The children and grandchildren of Van and Joy Spry will host an open house to celebrate the couple's 50th wedding anniversary from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Simon Graber Complex. All friends and family are invited. No gifts please, just the hono

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Daviess County Court News Infractions James D. Allen, Washington, disregarding stop sign, $119.50. Donald R. Anderson, Evansville, speeding, $119.50. Kristi J. Barley, Washington, speeding, $119.50. Kaylee R. Bath, Washington, failure of occupant to use safety belt, $25. Jami

    July 26, 2014

  • Bledsoe makes dean's list at Anderson Megan Bledsoe of Washington has been named to the dean's list at Anderson University for the spring semester of the 2013-14 academic year. To be named to the dean's list, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale

    July 26, 2014

  • Capture.JPG MAP: Local Yard Sales

    Here are the local yard sales for this weekend. To get your yard sale on a future map, call 812-254-0480, ext. 111.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • TODAY's Area Briefs Hope House to give out food, clothesHope House, 704 W. Van Trees St., will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to give free food and clothing to anyone in need. Hope House is a ministry of Church on the Way.Commissioners to meet MondayDaviess County

    July 25, 2014

  • Daviess County Court News Criminal Cases FiledState of Indiana v. Jody W. Williams, check deception. State of Indiana v. Danielle Lynn Runyan, illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.State of Indiana v. Tomi L. Thomson, illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.State

    July 25, 2014

  • REMC Area students travel to D.C. with REMC LOOGOOTEE — Three Indiana high school students, chosen by Daviess-Martin County REMC to participate, were among 72 from Indiana and 1,600 from 43 states who participated in the electric cooperative Youth Tour to Washington D.C., from June 12-19. Area

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prairie Village Nursing Home serves breakfast to Towers Debbie Miles with Prairie Village Nursing Home served biscuits and gravy to the residents of the Washington Towers on July 16. Those attending were Marilyn Barrett, Barry and Cathy Baumert, Marie Cain, Debbie Fields, Tom Fisher, Mike Grannan, Rita Gu

    July 24, 2014