9 Patterns of a Creative Upbringing
I am still on a Creativity Kick here on AOE and still sharing some more ideas and thoughts from sessions I attended at the Art Educators of Iowa Conference last week. You know how it is when you attend inspiring professional development, the ideas and passion that exudes from your experience lasts for weeks after! I think I’ve re-read through my notes a dozen times (ok, I am a nerd, I’ll admit it).
So, onto the topic of today- I attended a session by Dr. Gary Gute of the University of Northern Iowa titled “The Early Lives of Highly Creative People: Are Their Patterns?” The study he was involved in looked at the things that successfully and highly creative people had in common in their childhood. I found this session fascinating and to sum it all up for you, I’ve created a quick list.
9 Patterns found in the Early Lives of Creative People
- Families where either lower-income or affluent. Think about this. The first group had obstacles to overcome and had to be creative in order to achieve. The latter perhaps had more opportunities or exposures to enrich their upbringing
- Parents supported children’s aptitudes and interests and helped them explore these avenues
- Children experienced FLOW (being absorbed in activity that consumes them) on a regular basis
- Families spend quality time together doing activities
- Families taught core values and set behavioral boundaries
- Children were taught that failure was ok, and were supported. They learned to tolerate failure and pick themselves up along the way
- Many creative people coped with difficult circumstances in their lives (related to the first bullet point)
- Families engaged in conversation and students had good models of creative behavior from their elders
- Creative families were either demographically or psychologically diverse. Students were exposed to more than one framework of thinking or living, such as two cultures or languages.