When kids hit their teenage years, a lot of things occupy their time, such as school, sports, and social media. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of ways parents can help their kids enhance their creativity and improve their artistic skills. Here are some of them:
1. Decorate the bedroom
During the adolescent years, teenagers are always finding ways to express their identity as they navigate early life. One of the best ways you can help your teenager “be themselves” is to let them decorate their bedroom how they want it. With simple tools such as paint, foam adhesive strips, and wall decals, your teenager can turn their bedroom into a creative outlet; a safe space where they can be themselves.
While black and purple walls or floor-to-ceiling wall decals might not be your style, your teenager will appreciate the freedom to decorate their own space.
2. Keep a bullet journal
Buy your kid a notebook to turn into a bullet journal, which is a diary, planner, and memory keeper all in one. While they keep track of their daily lives with a bullet journal, this mode of writing is also a type of meditation that can help them release stress, reduce anxiety, and increase focus. Aside from that, bullet journaling will teach your teenager how to stay on top of tasks and prioritize goals at the same time.
3. Enroll them in art lessons
Even if your kid had not shown any interest in the arts, such as painting, drawing, or sculpting, it’s not too late to get them into it, even just as a hobby. Ask your teenager if they would like to take art lessons. If you want to make it a parent-child bonding thing, you can even take the lessons together. But if your child isn’t interested in art lessons, don’t sweat it–there are a lot of other creative outlets they can find, like:
4. Buy them an instrument
Has your child been interested in music lately? If so, the only way you can get them to explore their potential is to buy them the instrument they want to play. Sure, it can be a big investment, depending on the type of instrument they want, but it’s better to pay the price now than for your child to not find their musical passion at all.
Besides, there are lots of YouTube tutorials that teach viewers how to play musical instruments. If your child has to learn how to play with zero knowledge, video tutorials can help them become self-taught.
5. Start a scrapbook
Scrapbooking is not as popular as it was before, but it’s still one of the best creative outlets for kids. Get your teenager started on scrapbooking by buying them what they need, such as stickers, felt cutouts, ribbons, twine, and other craft supplies.
Most parents find their children preoccupied with essentially non-creative things once they hit adolescence. But don’t fret, as there are ways to help teenagers rekindle their creative spirit as they grow to become young adults.