The-most-important-thingIn the 1970’s, famous toy company Lego’s had this message for parents in their boxes of toys.

“The urge to create is equally strong in all children. Boys and girls. It’s imagination that counts.

A lot of boys like doll houses, they’re more human than spaceships.

A lot of girls prefer spaceships. They’re more exciting than doll houses.

The most important thing is to put the right material in their hands and let them create whatever appeals to them.”

As Christmas approaches and we all look for toys for our kids, I am reminded that my children each have fantastic imaginations and we have a terrific opportunity and responsibility, to foster and encourage their creativity.

The ability to solve problems with innovative solutions and to tell compelling stories with flair and imagination are amongst the most valuable vocational skills that our kids can develop during their formative years.

So this Christmas (and whenever possible), “put the right material in their hands and let them create whatever appeals to them.”

For the record, we (or should I say Karen) have completed our Christmas shopping for the year.  It’s one of my biggest tips for dealing with stress at Christmas.

How are you going with yours?

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