We all parent differently, but it’s safe to say that (most) of us have the same goals in mind when it comes to raising our children: That they’re happy, healthy, functional, and grow up into kind adults that contribute to society.
While we all have that end goal in mind, many of us choose very different routes to get there, meaning even our closest friends will end up deciding to parent differently than we do.
One holistic approach is the incorporating of arts into parenting and education. Mama Kevy, founder of Hommeet shares her experiences with us.
Kevy shares with Hommeet: “I believe art can be incorporated anywhere and anytime in our lives and not only during arts and crafts lessons. For example, making a collage using leaves and sticks during nature walks, decorating their plate during a meal, playing a piece of music together or even beautifying the corner in a house using flowers or his own art or craft.
“By incorporating art in their daily lives, it will encourage our children to always discover beauty around them and make good use of the daily or recyclable items to make beautiful things. This can also help to spark their interest in learning new things and stimulate their creativity.”
Most important perhaps, when kids feel good while they are creating, art helps boost self-confidence. And children who feel able to experiment and to make mistakes feel free to invent new ways of thinking, which extends well beyond the craft room.
But being creative with our children isn’t just advantageous for them, it’s great for us too. For Kevy, it is a chance to experience childhood again.
Little kids are masters of the moment—they love the way it feels when they smear paint on paper, how it looks when they sprinkle glitter, and even the soft sound a brush makes as it crosses the page, so allowing kids to enjoy the process of creation and expressing themselves can reap big rewards.
“When I play and spend time with my child, I get chances to experience what I did during my childhood and it makes me feel like a child who can be happy with just doing simple things,” she says.