I really liked this response, mostly because it echoes what I’ve saying for years: LEAVE YOUR KIDS ALONE as much as possible. Let them play. See what they come up with. Stop hovering, stop scheduling. Now parents even take their kids to “indoor fun parks,” instead of letting them dig in the dirt.
Creativity needs time to bubble up, not summer classes and enrichment programs. It really helped that my mom was a frickin’ genius with little kids. She taught us how to make our own Play-Do, gave us paints and scrap paper, and had a huge collection of blocks and building toys. And when we had kids of our own, she did the same with them. I did my best to follow in her footsteps, because we all turned out pretty damned smart.