,The Solution to your teen's rebellion is here!
I can honestly say that I have one of the most rebellious personalities ever. It started when I was a kid, and my family still jokes around about it today. Despite my parents attempts to make me conform to the norm I am still "Artsy Fartsy and loving it,. It's okay though, because it turns out I have been able to make a living out of being creative. My mom had a sewing machine, with a huge custom sewing table that still top this day takes 4 men to move. It was filled with spare pieces of fabric, and tons of thread. There were patterns in the sewing table too, but I at 9 when I was already sewing teddy bears and making fabric paintings by hand embroidery.
All teens need a positive outlet to rebel. For some kids it is sports, others music, and others art. Thankfully, our manitoban school divisions and daycares recognize that and have invested heavily in creative arts education accessibility for kids of all ages. But what if your child has trouble "fitting in", or engaging in activities at school?
The truth is some kids adapt better in different environments. I took my first painting class when I was 13 at a local community centre, and it felt good to be in a place where none of my regular teachers were present. Where I could be free to be me. No judgments, just a regular teen going through the motions,.
If you have a kid who is perhaps more introverted, or even a child that is more extroverted and could use a more meditative activity, art classes could be for them.. Learning artistic skills increases a child's confidence, relieves stress, anxiety, and even depression, and has been shown to greatly improve their mood in general.
Kids and teens are engaging more and more on social media because they are seeking social connection, and creative expression. That is why they download apps, watch or make videos on Youtube, and spend copiousness amounts of time on instagram. These forms of social media are similar to the apps parents use like Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Facebook.Teens are learning to form their identity through social media, and in the process are creating a false identity ( a mask) of who they really are. The one thing about art, music, and dance, is that it is completely pure. It does not lie, It reveals the very secrets, wishes, passions, and fears of the artist creating it. Art is a photographic journal of ones soul.
Maybe like many parents you have tried to reach out by engaging them in multiple activities to no aval. In my experience however, no kid has ever not benefited or enjoyed an art class. It may take them more time to open up to the idea if they are really demonstrating their independance, but nothing says you respect their journey more than gifting them a creative activity.
I grew up in a rough neighbourhood, and if it wasent for after school art classes and sports I am not sure If I would have had enough self respect to make great choices for my life that has lead me where I am today. Because I was always busy doing the good things, when I was asked to engage in drugs and parties I turned the opportunities away as I by that point was more passionate about my hobbies.
I encourage you to sign up your child or teen in art, music, or dance classes today, and see what happens.
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Stephanie A.E Strugar
Certified Grumbacher Painting & Drawing Instructor.
She is a retired Certified Face/ Body & Temporary Tattoo Artist.
Caricaturist. She is currently an active
Public Speaker, Consultant, and Arts Educator in the Manitoba and greater Canada area.