Kids who develop an intense interest in a particular subject tend to be more creative. Help your child develop one by reading books about a broad range of topics (nature, science fiction, history), visiting museums, listening to different music genres, and attending festivals celebrating various cultures and ethnic groups. "Studies of creative professionals in architecture, mathematics, and other disciplines have found that they had been exposed to lots of different ideas as kids and then discovered the singular thing that they love," says Gerard J. Puccio, Ph.D., chair of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State University, in New York. But don't push your own passion on your child. Encourage her to come up with her own unique hobbies and novel approach to things. The kid who devises new rules for hopscotch today might help find the solution to world hunger in 2025.
Originally published in the September 2011 issue of Parents magazine.