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Unsolicited Evaluation Is the Enemy of Creativity

In schools today—and increasingly out of schools too—children are more or less continuously directed and evaluated by adults. These are precisely the conditions that have been shown, in many research studies, to suppress creativity. It is no wonder that children's creativity has declined in recent decades.

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Routes Toward Trustful Parenting and Children’s Freedom in Our Time

Here are six ways to become a more trustful parent and to grant your children more freedom: (1) Examine your own values and priorities, and think how they relate to your interactions with your children. (2) Let go of the idea that you can determine your child’s future or are responsible for it. (3) Resist urges to be in continuous contact with your child, or to monitor your child’s activities and learning. (4) If possible, move to a neighborhood where kids of all ages play freely outdoors, and where parents as well as children get to know one another. (5) Work with other parents in your neighborhood to create safe and inviting places where children can congregate and play on their own. (6) Consider alternatives to conventional schooling.

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