Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Happiness

A subject that has preoccupied for more than half my life and I have finally found a way to putty thoughts in words..

How can some people create happiness when some others cannot..?

Creating happiness starts with our parents. If our parents are individuals who know how to create happiness either for themselves or for their family or community; their children immediately learn how to create happiness their own or others. And if they do not know how to, their children may not know as well. This is then transmitted through generations until one person can break this cycle. We need to practise the art of being happy.
You can make a list of things, places, people, that instantly bring you to a space of calm. To make you breathe slowly and bring a smile to your face.
Things that work for me:
- Being in nature
- Seeing my child smile
- Cuddles from puppies or kittens
- Clean sheets
- Stationary

It's in the simplest of things that can bring one great happiness. Insight comes through calm reflection. Reflect on things that make you feel, light , calm and refreshed.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

How can we be more implied in our children’s creativity?


As a parent or caregiver, helping your child with creative activities is a great way to find relief from the mundane routine of everyday life. 

Art is a powerful tool for self expression. As we express ourselves we can try to be more communicative and attentive to our children and their needs. By just unwinding we can promote sentiments such as empathy, appreciation, sharing, expression of each others individuality and even develop a way to give and receive feedback. This in turn will allow us to reflect on ourselves and have our little ones do the same.

Creative projects like a mural at home, a puzzle, or making simple decorations for occasions and festivals, will allow their minds to conceptualize an idea, which is the beginning of many wonderful qualities like confidence and perseverance as they see their ideas coming to form and then to completion. This will allow their minds and skills to grow along with fueling their imagination to take more challenging endeavors in the future. All in all you will have the makings of a child that will be growing up to be a  well rounded individual.
In our modern world we are constantly bombarded with sounds and images more than our brain can process in a day! These saturations on the senses can cause a decline in a young child’s imagination and visual perception of the understanding of their immediate environment.

Since digital technology is here to stay, we should try more to bring it into our lives as a tool to enhance our conceptualizing skills and make an attempt to exploit it in aid of ours and children's innovative thinking.


Children in our ever growing and competitive world need a balance of both working individually and collaboratively to engage in the creative process that will ensure them varied perspective.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

What do creative activities do for your children and you?



What do creative activities do for your children and you?

How often do we as adults challenge ourselves? How often do we use our potential to the fullest?

I’m sure most have us are thinking of the last time we have done something challenging, and thinking to ourselves how long ago that was. Our children on the other hand do this everyday! 

They are pushing their boundaries and trying new things without the fear of failure. The fear  of something we pick through many experiences on this journey we call life. And to be honest, we are desperately trying to unlearn it as we become parents or start a new job or when we are confronted with any kind of change.

Creativity is a term used so loosely these days, sometimes I wonder if people really believe what they are saying. Creativity is a large umbrella that covers, problem solving skills, out of the box thinking, experimenting and most importantly dealing with ambiguity. 

Of course, these are all concepts that can be broken down to various levels. Coming to our children and how we can help them channelize their energy into having fun with something new and when they play it is a sure way that they are learning.


Art is such a powerful tool for self expression. Give your child some paints, some paper and space, you will see a little artist at work busy making wonderful works of art. The mess is part of the exploratory process, this is how a child comes to explore and understand their surroundings, and giving them paints, crayons, glue and paper are the tools allowing them to express and explore themselves their capacities and their surroundings.

This exploratory journey will give rise to so many areas that they have not connected with either socially or environmentally speaking. This is critical to their learning spurts and their general well being, gone are the times where children were to be seen and not heard, and slowly the times are changing from the child dictatorship to a more balanced parenting, where both parent and child have a mutual respect for each other.

The real question to begin and continue this journey of exploration is: Can we give them a safe space to do so?