Raising creative kids


Oh, how I miss the days of paint spills and paper cuts (covered in princess band-aids, of course)! As summer winds down, curing boredom in creative kids is the last item on our back to school checklist. My all-time-favorite project was glow-in-the-dark pillow cases. We graduated to other glow-in-the-dark creations, too, as the kids grew up. Oh, the joys of playing chase outside in glow-in-the-dark T-shirts after dark!

However, when my friend Neita Fran Ward asked me if I’d come on her radio show, I freaked out a bit. What! I like asking the questions, not answering them.

Mostly, I paint as an apprentice for my daughter, Anna. Basically, I paint with my grand babies in my lap and she fixes my mistakes.

But, who can say no to sweet Neita Fran? So, I found myself surrounded by all the amazing art she showcases at her store, Velarosa Design and Gallery. We talked lickety-split about life-enriching art and culture.

Next, our conversation moved on to ways young moms can nurture talent in their kiddos. At that, Neita Fran had me hooked. I relaxed. How do parents recognize talent when we see it? Can your child be too artistic? I might have something to share on the topic of art after all. The show is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 16th. I hope you tune in.

I’ll probably mention our mutual friend, Tyler Junior College teacher, Derrick White, who partners every semester with the Tyler Museum of Art for tours. He also offers field trips to The Dallas Museum of Art, making sure students in our region get a full art education.

Nurturing creative souls is a little like creating a bright glow in the darkness of a culture that needs light.

If you happen to be a parent who feels unprepared to raise a creative child, you’ll enjoy some of the dumb mistakes all parents make, even naturally creative people like me. For instance, I learned the hard way that glow-in-the-dark pillowcases come with draw-backs. Who knew glow-in-the-dark paint dries crusty, making it hard to sleep? Plus, it’s hard to calm down a slumber party when all the pillows are glowing!

“But, I’m not creative,” you may think as you ponder God’s design for both you and your child.

Here’s the bottom line. All people are made in God’s image. The Bible tells us so in the first chapter of Genesis as God was doing what? Oh yeah, creating the universe! It’s safe to assume we’re all creative. I love that about you!

Cathy Primer Krafve, aka Checklist Charlie, lives and writes with a Texas twang. Comments are invited at


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