Inspiring an Imagination in the Next Generation of Women

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Let's inspire the next generation of women, our daughters
Inspiration helps the next generation of women jump higher. Photo via Pexels.
Let's inspire the next generation of women, our daughters
Inspiration helps the next generation of women jump higher. Photo via Pexels.

We found ourselves caught in a shower thought the other day and it was all about how we can best inspire our daughters so that they can one day inspire others. After all, they are next generation. Of course, it is a question that started off way too big to fully wrap our heads around, which is why we stayed on that thought and kept whittling it down and whittling it down until we were left with just one word: imagination.

Imagination has been at the heart of all change, it has allowed those women we aspire to be like the women who they are. It is also a word that reverberates through a child like no other because it bubbles and fizzes with endless possibility.

All parents know how important it is to foster a child’s imagination, but actually doing so is another matter. It’s not just us either, but schools have this problem also. It could be because the word imagination is often confused with creativity, and that is often confused for people who artists and writers and sculptors. But creativity is the key skill of successful CEOs and politicians too because the power of imagination gives us the power to solve problems.

The question is, how can we give our daughters this power? Well, here are the three most important areas to focus on:

The imagination and the next generation of women
Storytelling awakens the imagination. Photo via Pexels.

The Power Of Story

Storytelling has to be the foundation of all imaginative thinking. Yes, reading a story is an amazing way to capture the imagination of a child and tell them that anything is possible, but a great way to boost this is to get your daughter more actively involved. As you can see from this research by https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/ storytelling has so many benefits, from improving their memory to teaching them language skills.

So, take a bag with you on your next walk and collect 12 different items, anything, then have your child come up with a story when you get home, using the items you found to inspire their imagination. You could do the same in a museum by having your kid make up a story about what she see’s. The way their mind fizzles will blow your mind completely.

She is inspired by nature and having fun
Surround your daughter in nature to help inspire her. Photo via Pexels.

The Power Of Nature

Getting your daughter to interact with nature is one of the most inherent ways of inspiring their imagination, which is something http://pdplay.com/ cottoned onto. Using research done on nature-based playgrounds, they found that natural objects better stimulate a child’s imaginations.

It doesn’t have to be a playground, though. Just playing with natural objects works wonders too. Wooden building blocks, sand pits, these sort of open-ended things really encourage a child to see how endless the possibilities are.

Achieving inspiration through her imagination
The inner imagination awakens! Photo via Pexels.

The Power Of Them

It’s really hard in this day and age, what with all of the media outlets there are, but parents should encourage as much inner imagination as possible. What television and media do is feed your child an image. What you want to do to help their imaginations grow is encourage an inner space whereby they can create their own image, their own vision. You want to encourage them to be a creator and not a consumer.

Basically, the digital age could be killing creativity. To combat this, get them outside, let them make up their own names for the planets in the solar system, let them paint with everyday bits and bobs in your weird stuff draw, invest in some puppets, or make puppets. The more you encourage them to create the more they will use their imagination.

52 COMMENTS

  1. Well said … I mean “written”…. You make some good points about how imaginationa nd creativity are linked…. I like your disgression as to the Digital age: On point!… There are so many possibilities, even in this digital Era. Again: I firmly believe that when Internet/our computer become Numb Boxes, it is because of our bad choices. Internet could be considered as a empowering tool of knowledge… and creativity too … And both are powerful things. 😉 Sending love! <3

  2. These are perrfect ideas for mini-retreat/workshops for moms and daughters of any age.

    I’m not kidding either – my daughters sent my mother and I to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. for a week-long trip vacation.

    We (my mom and I) were able to jump-start our imaginarion again by incorporating many of these ideas into our little adventure. We returned inspired and brimming with ideas. Plus I learned why others enjoy my mom’s company – she’s kinda of exciting! (who knew) lol.

    Your insight is 20-20 with laser precision! What we give to our daughters; we give to the world.

  3. The older generation (I am one) too often try to give the results of experience rather than the experience itself. It results in “do this” and “don’t do that”. Perhaps we feel too vulnerable to share the experiences that resulted in our attitudes.

    Perhaps we should just tell the story and the effect upon ourselves, but not the idea that everyone should be effected the same way. The latter would assume that everyone had the same building blocks of earlier formative experience and that the young cannot do better.

  4. I found it interesting that you pointed out imagination and creativity are not the same. You know what… I have to agree with you. Imagination is something we visualise, try to see something that is not happening right in front of our eyes or has never happened before. With creativity, I reckon you can interpret it as imagining to a different, deeper or higher level – where you think of different scenarios and apply these scenario to the real world to tell a story and doing as you so rightly put 🙂

    I think it’s important to allow kids and really all of us time to play. That is, to be carefree and have fun. It’s then we can imagine and create as freely as we want, and be our own person with confidence 🙂

    • You’re the first person to have noted the distinction between imagination and creativity that was noted in the post ~ Your attention to detail is great, Mabel! I love that you really understood the post and its message. Thank you 🙂

  5. Great post, Christy! You’ve got me thinking about how I can inspire creativity with my boys. I plan on getting them out in nature a lot this summer. I’m hoping they’ll develop a love for it just like I have. Fingers crossed. <3 <3

  6. Wonderfully inspiring post, Christy! 😀 I recall one snowy winter when my son was young. Once back inside from sledging we were discussing snowflakes and how each one is unique, when we came up with the idea of creating a snowflake museum! For months our creations were up on the walls for all to see, and even to this day one remains. Imagination is a most amazing gift and it can take us anywhere…our lives would be so empty without it! A terrific post and timely reminder in our digital age of the importance of imagination! 😀❤️

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