Featured Advertiser:

What is NFO?
Natural Family Online is your down-to-earth, "how-to" resource for natural family living. We offer natural tips, tools and information every family can use!
Natural Family Online Home Page
Natural Family and Parenting Community Message boards
Visit our chat boards for great natural family discussions
Read about natural parenting tools every family can use
Natural Family Living
Attachment Parenting
The Bottom Line
Education & Learning
Pregnancy, Birth & Fertility
Questions & Answers
Resource Guide
Your Family's Health
Join now for article updates and exclusive articles only found on NFO eUpdate!
Shop for natural items every family can use

Product Reviews



Write to us or get writers guidelines

Reprint Permissions

Send Us Feedback


We're looking for writers! Visit our Writer’s Guidelines for more details.


Contact us or read about us

About NFO

Advertise with us
Contact NFO &
Read Testimonials
Media Page: Who's talking about us?
NFO is going to print!
Interested in getting NFO by mail? Send us a YES here. Be sure to include your full name, e-mail and mailing address.

Join our newsletter for new article updates!

Please Visit our E&L sponsor:

Top 10 Ways of Encouraging Creativity

By Kelly Jo Murphy

There are many things that you can do as a parent to nurture your children's creativity. Each of the following tips are about nurturing your children's creativity, but they can just as easily be used to nurture yourself or the child in you wanting to come out and play.

Tip #1: Encourage freedom.
First and foremost is to give her the freedom to think, to feel, to be herself. This can only happen when your child feels secure in her environment, when she feels it is ok to be herself. Give her the time, space and materials to create to her heart's content. Children tend to be more creative when parents give them a great deal of freedom.

Tip #2: Be an example of a creative person in action.
You are your children's primary role model. Let them see what it looks like to be creative. Some creative attributes include being easygoing, non-authoritarian, open to new adventures and activities, willing to take risks and follow your own interests and passions.

Tip #3: Give respect.
Respecting that she has the right to be herself and believing in her uniqueness builds your child's confidence in herself. She then feels capable of taking risks and being original. Respect her imagination and fantasies. They are where creativity begins. Here are some examples of comments that nurture the creative environment:

"It's fun to try it different ways."
" Tell me about it."
" Let's try it anyway."
" Have you thought of any alternatives?"
" I see you are having lots of fun."

These comments focus on having faith in your child and that it is ok to do it her way.

Tip #4: Stay emotionally detached from the outcome.
Detach yourself from her outcome. Her creative endeavors are hers. Take pride in your own work, let her take pride in her own.

Tip #5: Base your actions on values, not rules.
Too many rules are stifling to creativity. But if you base your actions on what you value, be an example of those values and let your children decide their behavior according to those values, creativity will flourish.

Tip #6: Focus on achievement, not grades.
Encourage your children to do their best and accomplish wonderful things. Rote learning and high grades are not as important as imagination and integrity in developing creativity. Creativity is developed in their achieving what is important to them.

Tip #7: Appreciate creativity.
Encourage inquisitiveness and a sense of wonder. As Albert Einstein said, "I have no special gift, I am only passionately curious." Appreciating and acknowledging your children's creative attempts and endeavors fosters more of the same.

Tip #8: Have a vision.
Envision her as the wonderfully unique and original person she is. Take your cues from her interests and passions. See her as capable of doing great, creative things. Have confidence and trust that she is fine doing things her own way, doing things that might be different than the norm. That vote of confidence allows her the freedom to be more creative. When you expect your children to be creative, they will be. The self-fulfilling prophecy is a strong influence on your children's behavior, including creativity.

Tip #9: Maximize success.
Give your children every opportunity to develop new interests, see new things, experience something different, build new skills. And when they express their original ideas about those new experiences, go with it. Let it be ok, let it be great, let it be the norm to express themselves in whatever way feels good to them. Success breeds more success. Creativity breeds more creativity.

Tip #10: Have fun and a sense of humor.
Laugh, have fun, laugh, have fun, laugh a lot … Did I mention laugh? Humor is a key ingredient in creativity. Laugh at situations, events, yourself. Lighten up and get silly!

Creativity is within each of our grasps. It is within each of us waiting to be discovered. Let it out, and you and your children can nurture a lifetime of creativity. Enjoy!

Kelly Jo Murphy is a certified parent coach, artist, wife, mom and an all-around silly little girl. She helps parents add more fun, ease and fulfillment to their parenting and their own lives. To sign up for her free e-zine, send a blank e-mail to [email protected] or visit www.parentingforpotential.com.


Being a parent is only natural, so why not parent more naturally?
Let NFO show you how.
"The media have become the mainstream culture in children's lives. Parents have become the alternative. Americans once expected parents to raise their children in accordance with the dominant cultural messages. Today they are expected to raise their children in opposition to it."
-- Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe columnist

About Us | Contact Us | Natural Family Online Home | Read Natural Family, Natural Parenting & Natural Health Articles | Natural Family eUpdate Newsletter | Natural Parenting & Family Message Boards | Natural Family Products & Shopping | Natural Family Online Writer's Submission Guidelines |Natural Family online Advertising | Natural Family Living | Attachment Parenting | Natural Family Health | Natural Family Questions & Answers | Pregnancy, Birth & Fertility |
Breastfeeding | BOOKS for Natural Family, Natural Parenting & Natural Health
Cloth Diapering & Training | Education & Life Long Learning, Homeschooling & Unschooling | Resources and Links | Natural Product Reviews |
| Home, Business & Travel Solutions | Cognigen Business Opportunity | Organic tea and other goodies | Spa products, Cosmetics and Skincare

NFO is an open forum for the public exchange of information and statements made pertaining to the properties and functions of foods, supplements, herbs, medicines and other nutritional products as well as to strategies and procedures have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. We are a commercial website and use third-party advertisers. We are not liable for any link that leads you away from Natural Family Online. Natural Family Online™ and Blame Mama Media™ are not affiliated with any political or religious organization and do not endorse the personal opinions of the individual writers presented on this web site. Please review the rest of our disclaimer and user agreement. Natural Family Online (NFO) is © 2003, 2004 Blame Mama Media™. All Rights Reserved. Send mail to with questions or comments about this web site. Graphics by . Hosting, Design and Management by Blame Mama Media.