This is taken, in part, from an article in Psychology Today. It was published a few years ago but the tips here are all still very effective in inspring and helping your teen to be creative, free thinkers.
◆ Encourage your youth to be a problem finder and solution setter for issues that arise daily and discuss how academic content supports this expertise.
◆ Ask your teenager to give you a “message” from a book or movie or hurtful experience rather than a long-winded retell without reflection.
◆ Watch their favorite TV show with them and share different take-away messages for the different characters.
◆ Push for a multitude of answers to a question or problem versus seeking the “right” answer.
◆ Help your teen build and act on a business or creative venture and allow them to be a part of all the details of financing, operations, and evaluation throughout.