A Creative Child


I don’t like labels or any sort of stereotyping.  But we tend to do it, don’t we, whether it is intentional or not.  In class, there’s always the naughty one, the smart one, the funny one, the graceful one, or the quiet one.  Apparently my daughter is the creative one.

Reading is exemplary, but just not interested in numbers.

A few weeks ago, we had our parent-teacher meeting in T’s school.  Her teacher is very pleased with little T, her reading is excellent, however, like her mum and dad, she’s not as good in maths compared to her reading, although to be fair, her teacher reiterated that she isn’t struggling.  It’s more like there is no interest in numbers at all.  She says that during maths, she actually asks little T, to sit in front because she knows perfectly well that my daughter’s mind is off to lala land when discussing numbers.  Sounds familiar?  I was like that as a child too, and apparently, so was my husband.

The One with the Creative Mind.

Her teacher also praised her for being creative.  The whole class had to write a story based on “The Hungry Caterpillar”, but theirs was called ” A Hungry Panda”.  All the kids wrote it the way Eric Carle, the author penned his famous children’s story.  As for little T?  She decided that she wanted to re-write the whole storyline and wrote an original “The Hungry Panda” by Little T which had nothing to do with the original story.  Her teacher promised to give us a copy.  I might even ask her aunt to illustrate her book 😉

And so of course, my husband and I left the room with big smiles on our faces.  We also giggled at the thought of our little girl not good with numbers.  But reminded the other to try to practice maths more with her.

And then we received her Cello Progress report.

Her scores were good, but guess which category did little T get the highest score in?  Creativity of course!  We laughed again when we read the report.  Does this mean though that T plays her assigned music a different way from the way it’s supposed to be?  I ought to ask her cello teacher 😉

Mind you, not that I believe in being labelled anyway as I’ve mentioned earlier, especially when the term used is hurtful and demeaning.

My husband’s primary school teacher called him “the absentminded professor”.

Like T, I was also the “creative one”.

What about you?

What were you like as a child?



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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Sounds like they are embracing her creativity and I hope that lasts. I was the studious one at school, my brother was the one who was always thinking of football rather than his lessons. My son….. he’s the quiet one who isn’t really interested in sharing his thoughts on paper for the world to see! #loudnproud
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    • Aww, your son is the thoughtful one 🙂 T’s teacher also actually referred to her as the studious one 🙂

  2. What a lovely post. I would have felt very proud if that had been my child who had gone above and beyond what they were supposed to do and written an original story. Well done T!
    I was ‘the clever one’. So are my younger son and my daughter. My husband and eldest wouldn’t have had labels – they’re above average ability and well behaved, sailing under all the radars!

    • Like I mentioned, I was terrible with numbers too, but my grades were okay 🙂

  3. Nothing wrong with T focussing her abilities at this stage. It’s easy to obsess about trying to ensure our kids are good at everything but if she’s not struggling in maths and excelling in other areas, that sounds pretty good to me. As adults we don’t expect to be good at absolutely everything either, do we? #loudnproud

  4. Omg I can totally relate to little T <3 That was me as a kid! And yes, numbers till this day are my worse nightmare. I used to always wonder why math was a challenge when history, art, music, social studies and writing came natural to me.

  5. My mummy was the creative one at school and didn’t like being stereotyped either. Just as long as a child get exposed to everything and learns at their own pace its all good xx

  6. Every child is so unique and I think it’s so good we as parents identify what they enjoy, what they feel comfortable with or passionate about so we can keep encouranging them.xx

    • That’s a bit hard to believe. You are definitely creative in my book! 😉

  7. I was really good at maths at school and so was my husband, all three of our kids are really good at maths too. But my daughter is really excelling with her reading at the moment. She is only 6 but is reading books aimed at 9 years plus.
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    • Same with. She’s 5, turning 6 next month but has been reading books aimed at 9 years!

  8. I was the quiet one! But I definitely wouldn’t mind being the creative one. It’s so lovely that we all have different personalities and it’s lovely hearing from teachers how they shine through when we’re not around. xx
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  9. I think I was good at both. I was always good with numbers but my passion was dancing ballet and acting.

  10. I love the sound of Little T’s Hungry Panda story and how lovely that she is so creative and taking after you and your husband in this respect. “The creative one” is not such bad label to have although I’m with you on disliking labels. At school I was always labelled “the brainy one” and my twin sister was “the pretty one” and we both hated it as needless to say each of us inverted the other’s label and applied it to us, thinking we were “the ugly one” and “the stupid one” I wonder if that was down to being twins though? Thankfully both of us are now older and wiser and those negative labels that we once applied to ourselves have mostly disappeared. #loudnproud
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    • Oh my goodness, I didn’t know you have a twin! Yes it could be that. It would be nice if we could just do away with the labels.

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