First, a "warning", this is a bit of a tongue in cheek post. I am not an expert in childhood development (or anything really).
I am simply speaking from experience. And, with the knowledge that many others out there who do know what they are talking about know that creativity in children is beneficial for so many reasons.
Today is our first day of summer vacation, no more school for either child. No camps/no classes on the schedule. Just summer, and I am totally cool with that. (Except for the messy house part.)
We spend a lot of time around here working to create little creative nooks for the kids, both indoors and outdoors.
We typically have a well stocked supply of crafty things. Those crafty things, for the most part, are easily accessible to Violet and Henry. Often times this means that there are glittery messes and paper scraps to clean up...
But, those creative nooks and crafty supplies are why I am happy for an unscheduled summer. Because, when I'm not looking they are crafting up hats and houses and costumes and many more things I can image. They are writing stories or telling stories with their toys. They are weaving flowers and making art.
And it's happening all without me!
And, that's it, the tongue in cheek part.
Work to nurture creativity in your children and you will have peace. Maybe only a moment. But you will have your own creative time. You will be amazed and inspired by what they've made all on their own. You will enjoy hearing their stories as a "fly on the wall".
Of course, I am excited about the adventures and crafty things we will do together this summer as well!
I also realize that this is only day one of summer. There will be tantrums and disagreements. There will be messes (I'll just close my eyes to those.) It won't all be fantastic.
But, today I am happy to let them wear their jammies and happy for another unscheduled summer running around in bare feet.