Do you know January is International Creativity Month? I came to know about this through Haley from Hanging Off the Wire.
Randall Munson founded it to, “remind individuals and organizations around the world to capitalize on global creativity”.
So what is creativity? According to Wikipedia, “Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art etc.) that has some kind of value”.
Linda Naiman says, ‘”I define creativity as the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Innovation is the production or implementation of an idea. If you have ideas, but don’t act on them, you are imaginative but not creative”.
To celebrate this month you don’t have to be an artist, singer, musician, actor or dancer. You can be creative even if you are a mom. A mother is creative when she makes a picky eater eat, calms a fussy toddler, put a restless baby to sleep, and makes a crying baby smile.
Everyday a mom is put to a new test and she finds a new solution every time she is in a challenging situation.
But there are times when Individual differences can make things more complicated. In this era of abundant information and knowledge where you can get a solution of your problem from internet and books easily, sometime you find yourself in the dark with nothing to help you. Here your creativity can help you. Here are ways to crank up you creativity.
Change your perspective. Think from your child’s point of view. Try introspection and think of your own feelings when you were a child.
Get Relaxed: Just relax for a few moments and while you are at it, brainstorm ideas. You can think of you own ideas, ask an expert or read a parenting book. Even if it doesn’t help, learn to mold them according to your own needs.
Create a mental Picture: If you got stuck in a parenting situation where you have no clue at all what to do next then think what other people would do to make it better. You can think about anyone for example your mom, your favorite writer or favorite actress.
It may seem a tedious task but it is not. You may get your solution in a minute. It is up to you or the sensitivity of the problem. Sometimes a difficult situation gets the best out of you.
You cannot be creative all the time. But inspiration can come from anywhere and anytime so never panic and be happy.