Are your children often absorbed in their electronics? An ear bud in one ear and thumbs going strong on some game or keyboard? Pretty difficult to engage your children when they are in this mode, isn’t it? Plus, many of these activities can be a form of escape and tend to lack imagination. And don’t forget about parents; multitasking is a daily part of our busy lives. We chauffeur, plan dinner and do laundry all at one time. So how in the NOW are we at these times? No wonder connecting with our children can be challenging!

As a result of this disconnect, our parent-child relationships can get strained. Doing creative activities together can be a nice way of bridging communication and gaps in connection with a child of any age. Here are the benefits of using creativity:

  • It’s a nice way of having neutral ground. Sometimes the territory of the house can provoke certain memories or roles where we live in conflict rather than bonding.
  • It’s a good way of building new experiences and memories together. This will give you fuel for future conversations and a spring board for other creative activities.
  • It’s a great way to lead to casual conversation. Children who may have trouble verbalizing are able to communicate easier while in the process of “doing.” Also, physical kinetic activity can be an easier way for some children to express themselves.
  • It’s a positive way to demonstrate your interest in your child and who they are without being invasive. Parents can attest that privacy is a major deal for their teens. Doing some creative venture together is a good way of sharing while respecting limits.
  • It’s a way of having a keepsake end product from your creative activity together. Having a keepsake will help you build memories and have a physical representation of that connection with your child to recall time and again.

Teresa Van Lanen is a Life Coach who conducts presentations, seminars, workshops, teleclasses and other events that help people reconnect with their creative spirit and to move into more joyful and productive life. For products and services visit Teresa at www.makingartoflife.com. Sign up for a free quiz to gauge how much creative energy you have and other tips. Follow Teresa on Twitter and Facebook as well.

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