Encouraging Your Teen’s Creativity

A Note From the L.A. Teen Therapist

Is your teen a naturally creative person? If so, how do you support your teen’s creative expression? – Sandra

There is a whole population of creative children gifted with the ability to dance, sing, paint, draw, write music, play instruments, and express themselves. Not everyone is meant to be a dentist, lawyer, engineer, scientist, or accountant. Yet, the drive is to prepare teenagers to enter college, and artistic endeavors are considered less worthy of classroom time or school funding.

Some adolescents are academically oriented, and can thrive in the classroom. But others perceive life through colors, sound, images and movement. For them, the highlight of their day may be watching an amazing sunset, dancing to a fantastic musical arrangement, or singing the lyrics of a song that speaks to them.

All teenagers want and need to feel masterful in some way. How are we honoring a teen’s authentic self-expression if we are asking them to fit into a mold that does not value their talents? What message are we giving to these artists?

In this fast changing world, future jobs that today’s youth will hold may not as yet exist. If teens are not forced into a mold of their parent’s or society’s design, then I believe their natural inclinations towards exploration and resourcefulness will be maintained. Parents who support their child in finding ways to honor their creative expression are giving their child the gift of a lifetime.

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