11.19.2010

Creative people...


I read this post on the blog simple lovely recently (found via a cup of jo) and it totally struck a nerve. I often think about creativity and am, in fact, working very hard to raise two creative people. There's a lot of guilt that comes with motherhood and I was truly relieved to hear that actor Jason Schwartzman's mom inspired creativity simply through her actions rather than by over-scheduling creative moments. Here's how Joslyn of simple lovely so eloquently put it:
    Schwartzman doesn't mention a mother that signed him up for a back-to-back roster of classes, helming an endless carpool circuit from one enriching creative activity to another. Rather what seemed to have (at least partially) formed him as a creative being is what he "witnessed" his mother doing (or rather living) -- her love of cinema and books and music…her passions.
Here is a link to the NPR interview with Jason Schwartzman. Three cheers for the piles of open, face-down books we have all over our house!

6 comments:

Shannon said...

WOW! Pass this statement along from mom to mom...

You are right about the guilt..but I hadn't really put my finger on what I was feeling (my son is 18 months now)...guilt is definitely it...

I worry about my bad habits rubbing off on him (I am a grazer, not a meal eater, along many many other sub optimal traits)...but I never think about my good habits (or passions) rubbing off on him!

Colleen said...

You can't make kids create, just as you can't make kids love reading. The best way to raiser a lover of books is to read to them, have books in the house (for once, more is better!), and, very importantly, have them *see* you read for fun!

It works, I have raised 4 readers (well, the 12 and 16 yr old are always reading, as are the ones in college, so I think we are home free, there).

My kids are all creative in different ways, only one of them like me. But they all discuss their ideas at great length, and are glad that they didn't bop from activity to activity like they saw other kids do.

The only kids I know who can sew, build, and create things don't go to a lot of classes! They have time at home to be, dream, and practice!

Νικόλαος Βασιλικιώτης said...

As a troubled human being rather than a teenager or a male or any other aspect of myself which separates me from a mother such as yourself it is my opinion that you should be more worried about raising up a thinking child rather than think about if it lives a creative life and if your child will be reading enough or any books at all and other not so important things (in my opinion always).
If you manage to learn your child respect the value of knowledge,the value of justice and other global traits,i think bookreading or creativity or i don't know what else will come along from the point that the child feels like it has to.

Julie said...

Joslyn's post struck a cord with me as well. I ruminated over it for a while and then did a long rambling post about it:
http://theaccidentalfrock.blogspot.com/2010/11/parenting-do-what-you-love.html
Having checked in with your blog as often as I am able for a while now, I would find it hard to imagine you not nurturing a creative approach to life.

jen said...

oh man your little one looks adorable in those boots and goggles! i used to teach little ones newborn to five years old and as parents the best way to teach is through example, i used to see it all the time!

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

@Shannon- I agree. I'm trying to work on that too. :)

@Colleen- you're exactly right. Happy to hear that it's worked well for you and yours! :)

@Νικόλαος Βασιλικιώτης- I think that respecting the value of knowledge/thinking goes hand in hand with creativity. My experience has been that creative individuals are more likely to value knowledge, respect the global community, and question "justice". Creativity is not only about making art or reading or listening to music (all of which I personally feel are VERY important). My hope, however, is that by doing those things I raise two creative, critical thinkers.

@Julie- I loved what you wrote!

@Jen- thanks! I agree. :)

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