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Artistic Kids in a Family Team

At a drugstore, when my daughter Elisa was about 5 years old, I was looking at a display of little square pictures.

Most were pop art with vibrant colors or photos except for one rather drab looking painting in brown and dull yellow of some dying flowers.

I brought Elisa over to the display and asked her which was her favorite. Without hesitation she pointed at the least colorful painting of the yellow and brown flowers.

She had also picked the one masterpiece in the bunch—Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. I bought the little painting for her, which she immediately took up to her bunk bed so she could stare at its beauty as she fell asleep.

That’s when I discovered Elisa could see things the rest of us could not.

I love taking Elisa to art museums so I can try to see beauty through her eyes.

An artist’s super power is not their fine motor skills but their ability to see, which gives rise to the passion to communicate their experience to the rest of us.

Has God blessed your family team with someone who sees the world at a higher resolution?

These kids tend to be more sensitive than your average child.

But this heightened sensitivity has a purpose: their senses pick up things the rest of us overlook.

Respect their sensitivity, cultivate their gifts, and train the whole family to honor their unique contribution – and their creations will bring a constant flow of beauty, surprises, and truth into the life of the team.

Jeremy
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This entry is a part of Jeremy’s Journal, a newsletter Jeremy sends out every month to encourage you on your parenting journey. You can sign up to get them here.

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