A home where there are house rules of - ‘no TV or ipad/games you download' can be rare in these times, Instead of either being sent outside to play, or mother would talk to you about what you had been up to at school, many children fend for themselves to the point when that is the only thing they wish to do; sit in front of a monitor or mobile phone pressing buttons repeatedly, trying to outdo the highest score.
While getting a sentence out of young children -and that probably being no easy feat, your chats can became a building block to their imagination – a tool that can help you on your way to becoming a celebrated children's author. So chatting and overcoming that barrier where it isn't a burden for either party will pay dividends.It will even become enjoyable.
So if you do this with your children then by the time they go to university they come home after and recite lectures they found interesting to you and love your opinion.
When the TV is on, there is little or no thinking – instead of talking, everyone just sits around in a vegetative state. Even the smallest discussion about what we'd been up to that day had an impact on our ability to tell stories, and enhanced our relationship.
Imagination improves learning
Developing your child's imagination by encouraging their self-expression, play, even day dreaming, has great benefits to their life. Let them have a green sky and blue grass for as long as they can because then they'll realise it's OK to be a little bit interesting. According to Sir Ken Robinson, an international expert in learning, imagination is the "key driver of creativity and innovation" and helps children to -learn with a greater appetite.
Simple ways to build your child's imagination
Turn off the TV and read to your kids. People spend hours, years writing great picture books and stories, and you might as well utilise someone else's time.
Make up stories together
Making up stories and telling them to the kids is another great way to get your child's creative juices flowing as well as your own. Even if you think you're bad at storytelling it's a way to combine family time and creativity.
"The most important thing to remember is your kids will love you anyway, so they're not going to judge you on your bad storytelling – the fact you're there with them is what they love. They can also help you with the story – give the child licence to come up with ideas and to be part of the creative process. It makes them feel special – ‘we're in it together'.
Downtime without the screen time
Having downtime to play also helps kids to unleash their creativity.
Not video games or watching a movie but to be able to entertain themselves effectively because it makes them think.
"If they go into the backyard or into their room they will find something to do every single time – if they can entertain themselves they've got a friend for life."
Building your child's imagination really comes down to encouraging them to explore the world through their own eyes, and to allow them to think their crazy thoughts without always correcting them if it's not realistic.
"It's having their head filled with ideas. Kids often say things that are really amazing but wrong, but it's how they see the world. Encourage them to do that – let them have a green sky and blue grass for as long as they can because then they'll realise it's OK to be little bit interesting."