A child's creativity is a wonderful thing, and when encouraged by parents, it can lead any kid to do great things. As Moy Ortiz , the multitalented force behind the vocal group The Company, said in a recent MindBurst seminar at the Mind Museum, "It is a free download from God." Now, the question is, how do you help your kids' creativity take flight? Below are a few suggestions given by some of the country's best and brightest minds.

1. Let kids explore on their own. Kids will naturally gravitate toward what they're interested in, so as they grow up, watch for what they like or don't like. "Huwag mong i-block 'yung bata (Don't block the child.)," says Dr. Joven Cuanang, one of the country's foremost neurologists, senior vice-president, and chief medical officer of St. Luke's Medical Center. Creativity, according to him, "is the highest form of expression of what the mind can be capable of."

2. Expose them to creative sensibilities. Joey Maceda, mathematician and currently the dean of the College of Science in UP Diliman, says his parents weren't very strict, and they give him and his siblings a lot of books. "I think things like those help your imagination, your creativity, and expose you to many things." Dr. Ricky Abad, the creative director of Tanghalang Ateneo, celebrated thespian, and sociologist, fondly recalls Christmases and birthday when he and his siblings would put on a show to entertain the adults.

3. Set an example. One way you can help nurture your kids' creativity is by setting an example as was in Moy's case. "Both parents and even grandparents from both sides of the family--we're very musical," he says and even remembers seeing his uncle practicing vocal harmony in the house, which is what he's doing with his own group today.

4. Stretch their mind. "You have to stretch voice, body, mind," says Dr. Ricky. "In mind, imagine! Telling stories, going out, dreaming--stretch the mind. The body--dance! Know that the body has many ways to move, and not just acting na all hands. I hate it when I see actors just using their hands when they have ears, and nose, and hips to move. And then, of course, the voice as well--singing, and music, and things."

5. Give them positive validation. When it comes to nurturing your children's creativity, Dr. Cuanang reminds parents to give "positive validation." Give your kids a pat on the back or a sincere praise.

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