If you haven't been to my site before, based on the headline - you might be searching for kids crafts or activities. I apologize in advance. I don't do that. Actually, I do sort of do that...
But you really wouldn't want me to share what comes of it. Let's just say #notinspirational and leave it at that. No crafty stuff here.
So what's in it for you on this page?
Well, if you're like me, then you are really concerned that your children develop the skills that will carry them through a life lived with meaning and purpose; a life that they will be proud of; and a life that leaves its mark on the world in a positive way, no matter how great or small.
In order to do that, our children will be one of the first generations of kids who need to be able to hear their inner voices, think critically, and innovate solutions.
Innovative thinking. We keep hearing that this is what children need, but so many school systems are lacking in this area. So, at home, we need to fill in the gaps.
One of the best ways I know to do that is with stories for kids that will stretch their imaginations, ask them to think critically about the world, and develop minds that innovate instead of imitate.
Here at The Midlife Mamas you will find tips, ideas, and answers to nurture your creative kids.
“What was your favorite thing about our vacation?” Everybody was glad we’d brought a couple of our favorite board games. We love a challenging board game...
Here are some more fabulous stories for kids of all ages. Many of these books are wonderful for younger children as-is, but these stories for kids are much more. They are clever conversation starters for older kids as well.
- The 10 Coolest Activities and Games for Boys Who Tinker
- 25 Enthralling Summer Books for Boys Ages 8-12
- 50 Uplifting Childrens Stories About Kids With Special Needs
- 25 Beach Books for Children of All Ages
- 25 of The Most Interesting Stories to Get Kids Talking About the Most Popular World Religions
- 25 Authentic Stories About Children With Same Sex Parents
- 25 Wild & Wooly Children's Stories About The Old West
Aren't Kids Just Naturally Curious & Creative?
Well, yes and no.
Today it seems we have the world at our fingertips. Thanks to the internet, we're able feed any aspect of our curiosity instantly. But does this mean we are actually becoming more curious? No.
True curiosity—a sustained quest for understanding that brings insight and innovation—is becoming increasingly difficult to harness in our wired world.
We confuse ease of access to information with curiosity, and risk losing our ability to ask questions that extend our knowledge gap rather than merely filling it.
Worst of all, it seems that this decline in curiosity has led to a decline in empathy and our ability to care about those around us.
Intentional parenting is a way of parenting that values autonomy, creativity, and celebrates the spontaneous and unexpected joys of learning. (My thoughts and words here are heavily inspired by Erik Shonstrom, Wild Curiosity: How to Unlock Curiosity and Lifelong Learning; and Ian Leslie, Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It.
One of the most effective ways that I know, every day, to move toward our end game of joy, gratitude, and respect for our boys is to foster their natural curiosity.
Some of the most effective and fun ways to stay curious throughout life are to observe, to read, and to create.
So here is where you will find all of my favorite tips to foster curiosity in children (ok, adults too) by observing, reading, and creating.