It has really opened up my eyes to a new dimension of creative problem solving as well as child logic.
One example was my daughter was whining about needing the light on in the bathroom. She has never shied away from climbing anything and everything she can and with a step stool not three feet away so she can reach the sink; I thought this would be a pretty easy problem solving practice. Knowing that a lot of the whining is more about attention that not knowing the "answer" I sat down next to her and said "how can we problem solve this?"
Four minutes later she had exhausted types of aircraft she could use to fly up there as well as proposing us borrowing a crane or cherry-picker truck. I said, "those are all fun ideas but what could we use right now, with our own bodies to turn this light on?"
"Well, I guess I could just grow wings..." This went on for another minute and a half of ideas on how she could grow faster or stretch like a giraffe and so on. By this point I was equally impressed with the level of creativity she was exhibiting in this process and getting annoyed because I still needed to make breakfast and six other things before we could get out the door.
I asked her one more time, gesturing at the step stool as I asked. "Oh! I know, Mommy!" Finally, I thought! "I can just ask you to do it! Will you turn the light on please?" Beggars can't be choosers. I took the opportunity to turn on the light and move on while thanking her for saying please. I had to chuckle as I walked away though, my attempt to get her to creative problem solve worked, just not the way I intended. She creatively found ways to get my attention for much longer than if she had simply answered the question with what was right in front of her.
I'm grateful to open my eyes to the ways creativity abounds in the mind of my child. I'm grateful to love her ability to play her cards well. I'm grateful to always be learning from her as her quick mind and amazing intelligence teach me new things each day. I'm grateful to breathe through the feelings of annoyance and laugh off the delay knowing this time is precious. I'm grateful to see ways my own creativity could grow when I release my time crunch mindset. I'm grateful for this beautiful life lesson.
What ways do we sacrifice creativity as adults? What helps reconnect you with your own creativity?
May today allow us to use our creativity in all the best ways. May we find lessons in everyday events, laughing off the delays and finding gratitude in the message. Have a beautiful day!