Parenting Tips

Be Silly!

E-mail Print

Learn to nourish your freedom to delight in a creative imagination.  Learn to be silly and lose that chip on your shoulder.  There is a lot to be said for silliness that we can learn from our children!

 

Compliments of the DailyOM Newsletter, available at www.dailyom.com:

 

Do something silly today, the pure act of being silly can reset our serious nature and help create the shift we need.

 

Children appreciate all that is silly as a matter of course. Their grasp of humor is instinctual, and even the smallest absurdities provoke joyous gales of earnest laughter. As we age, this innate ability to see the value of silliness can diminish. Work takes precedence over play, and we have less incentive to exercise our imaginative minds by focusing on what is humorous. When we remember childhood, we may recall the pleasures of donning funny costumes, reciting nonsense poems, making up strange games, or playing pretend. This unabashed silliness nourished our vitality and creativity. We can take in this nourishment once again by giving ourselves permission to lighten up and be silly.

Silly_Man_Having Fun


Too often we reject the wonderful silliness that is an inherent, inborn aspect of the self because we believe that it serves no purpose or is at odds with the grown-up culture of maturity. We play yet we do not lose ourselves in play, and our imaginations are never truly given free reign because we regard the products of irrational creativity as being valueless. Yet silliness itself does indeed constitute a vital part of human existence on a myriad of levels. Our first taste of ethereal bliss is often a consequence of our willingness to dabble in what we deem outrageous, nonsensical, or absurd. We delight in ridiculousness not only because laughter is intrinsically pleasurable, but also because it serves as a reminder that existence itself is fun. Skipping, doodling, and singing funny songs are no less entertaining than they were when we were children. We need not lose all interest in these cheerful and amusing activities, but to make them a part of our lives we must be read! y to sacrifice a little dignity and a lot of fear.

It is precisely because so much of life is inescapably serious that silliness should be regarded as a priority. Through the magic of imagination, you can be or become anything—a photographer, a professional athlete, a dancer, a pilot. Whether you take hundreds of silly pictures, revel in the adulation of your fans as you make the winning catch, boogie down rock-star style in front of your bedroom mirror, or turn your desk into a cockpit, the ensuing hilarity will help you see that lighthearted fun and adulthood are not at all incompatible.

 

How to Encourage Creativity in Your Child

E-mail Print

Children’s natural imagination needs to be nurtured and encouraged. It is also a good reminder to parents to remember their own creativity. Creativity is sometimes as simple or hard, as laughing at our mistakes. It just takes a little creativity to turn lemons into lemonade.

Below are four ways to encourage your child’s creativity:

  • Encourage curiosity and seeking answers. One of the best ways parents can respond to a child’s questions is by saying, “I don’t know. How could we find the answer?”

  • Don’t stifle and numb creativity with too many manufactured toys. Resist buying kids every accessory marketed with the latest movie or cartoon character, so they learn to be resourceful. Dolls are nifty, but kids don’t stretch their imagination when we supply every prop. Pre-assembled kits rob kids of chances to think on their own. Sometimes just sending the kids to play in the yard without any toys, is a great way to encourage their creativity. If they complain, tell them to “be creative or use your imagination.” Let them know creativity is important.

  • Value varying ideas and opinions. Encourage brainstorming by saying: “Well, that sure is one way of looking at it,” or “What a GOOD idea, I’ve never thought of that before. Let’s try it!”

 


With All Kids Parties, we give kids an hour or two of time to make pretend and use their imagination. Check out our party packages or create your own! We welcome new ideas and always try to stretch our imaginations to offer you exactly what you want.


If you liked this blog, there’s more to come in this series. Stay tuned!