Teach your kids to be humble, engaged, honest, and most importantly – curious! I am certain that curiosity fuels creativity. Creative people have a unique intelligence. To be unconditionally curious without fear of what others will think is a wonderful attribute to instill in your children. Kids should start being confident and comfortable with their curiosity at a young age.
As a child, I was the student who asked the most questions, whether I wanted to hear what other people had to say about it or I actually wanted an answer from the teacher. Sometimes I just wanted to get a reaction and start a conversation. I received a lot of ridicule for my incessant inquisitiveness throughout my schooling. In hindsight, I realize that I learned more through the process of asking and listening than I did through reading, memorizing, and reciting. Those processes can work well in conjunction with one another, but I strongly believe that the curious student is the more engaged student. I think the drive to learn, work hard, and work smart diminishes for some kids as they get older. If we assure our children that it is okay to not know the answer and to be fearless about asking every one of their questions, engagement and drive will undoubtedly rise.
As an adult, an inquisitive and open mind is much more refreshing to be around than one that is closed, certain, and essentially stagnant. Let your kids know that it is ok to ask questions, to dig deeper, to challenge, and to be humble about the knowledge they have. If you want your kids to be tenacious creators who are both intelligent and likeable, I suggest letting them know that there is no such thing as too many questions. To this day, I enjoy the company of the humble, intelligent person who has earned those characteristics by living life with an open mind that is always preparing more questions and never too full of answers.
How do you spark curiosity in your children?