How to teach creativity to children

Sociologist Christine Carter, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best way to teach our kids to be creative and foster creativity within them
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How to teach creativity to children

Creativity is one of those incredible life skills that we actually need to teach kids. It is not innate. It's really important, even if we don't expect that they are going to become artists or musicians, it's good for math. It's good for science. It's one of those skills that will teach them to be good problem solvers and to become more resilient. We parents, can foster creativity in a child, simply by providing them with certain resources that they need for creative activities. Giving them time for creative play or to draw or anything artistic. To give them the materials that they need. That might be the art supplies or the big box of dress up. Then, to not forget that kids also need space for creativity. That could be a corner in your garage for dress up or a play area to paint a collage or a place in your backyard to put on plays.

Sociologist Christine Carter, PhD, shares advice for parents on the best way to teach our kids to be creative and foster creativity within them


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Christine Carter, PhD

Sociologist & Happiness Expert

A sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, PhD is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Dr. Carter also writes an award-winning blog for Greater Good, which is syndicated on the Huffington Post and Carter has helped thousands of parents find more joy in their parenting while raising happy, successful and resilient kids. Known for her parenting and relationship advice, Carter draws on psychology, sociology, neuroscience, and uses her own chaotic and often hilarious real-world adventures to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts in action.

After receiving her B.A. from Dartmouth College, where she was a Senior Fellow, Dr. Carter worked in marketing management and school administration, going on to receive her PhD. in sociology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Carter has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications. She has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “TODAY” show, the “Rachael Ray Morning Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and NPR.

Carter has been a keynote speaker at hundreds of events and professional groups. In 2010, she received an award from the Council on Contemporary Families for her outstanding science-based reporting on family issues. In 2011 she won Red Tricycle’s award for the “Most Awesome Parent Education,” and so far in 2012 she has been nominated for a Bammy Award and for an award from the American Sociological Association for public sociology.

Dr. Carter teaches parenting classes online throughout the year to a global audience on She lives with her family in Berkeley, CA.

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