If you have a kid who digs up bugs, collects rocks or spends more time identifying plants than running on the soccer field, you may have a budding little scientific genius on your hands. There is a lot of emphasis in education today on “group projects.” Schools have swung towards assigning group projects as a way of teaching tolerance and cooperation. That is important, of course. But what if your kid prefers the route of the introvert?
Susan Cain, author of, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking,” gives an intriguing talk on Ted.com called “The Power of Introverts.” She believes that the gifts of the introvert can be missed by not allowing the space needed for inner exploration. I, being an ambivert, can relate to both views of these educational philosophies. My friends will tell you that in a room with people I know, I am usually the first to shout out my opinion. I love the energy of conversation. But when I am creating a design or writing for my blog, I close myself in my studio and come out only when my family calls me on my cell phone, usually looking for dinner. My private space, which is filled with all of my inspirational tools, is vital to me.
How does this affect your kids? Well, décor, lighting, accessories, textures and colors inspire your kids. Getting back to the “budding scientist" I spoke of earlier, surround them with items that encourage their introverted curiosity, while satisfying your goal to make your home beautiful.
Exploration IS Beautiful.
Science CAN be gorgeous.
The magnifying glass is a perfect example.
Design with your child’s interests in mind.