Setting Minds Free: Nurturing and Protecting Your Child’s Creativity


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This book will help you teach your child the creativity skills and mindsets needed to catalyze their ingenuity, inventiveness, and imaginations. For a lifetime.

This award-winning parent book emphasizes the importance of creativity in the lives of children.The authors provide innovative, practical, and researched-based suggestions from both their classroom and parenting experiences.The activities and tools presented provide parents with the confidence and knowledge needed to help their children learn and live with creativity. 

This TAGT 2015 award-winning book will challenge and inspire all parents to learn and teach the skills of creativity. It includes short and sweet chapters covering over 50 topics – all written with the busy parent in mind with quick and easily digestible tips and tools! It’s never too late to bring creativity into the lives of children. But it is a perishable skill that must be nurtured and protected!

What’s Inside?

11 Sections:

  1. Myth Busting
  2. Why Creativity is often not taught in schools
  3. What the real world needs
  4. Your Child’s: IQ, MIQ, EQ, CQ & HQ
  5. What can you do?
  6. Tools to enhance creative and critical thinking
  7. Activities to enhance creative thinking
  8. Helping at school
  9. Helping at home
  10. Lessons learned from young millionaires
  11. Who else is saying the same thing?

56 Chapters!

Size: 6×9 inches
349 Pages



TAGT 2015 Legacy Book Award

The TAGT Legacy Book Awards honor outstanding books published in the United States that have long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted individuals and contribute to the understanding, well-being, education, and success of gifted and talented students. This book, Setting Minds Free: Nurturing & Protecting Your Child’s Creativity, won the award in the parent category.

Parent: Increases the understanding of the unique needs of G/T children and help ensure they are met, both at home and in the classroom.


“This book is refreshing. I know schools cannot be expected to take charge of fostering creativity in children and teenagers anytime soon. Parents own this responsibility. This whole idea intrigues me. I’m reading this with a highlighter and sticky notes.”

RH Champion

“Eureka! Rick and Patti Shade have cracked the code on translating theoretical concepts on creativity into a practical, easy-to-implement how-to guide for busy parents, grandparents, and teachers. Each chapter is short, sweet, and down to earth–making it easy to select one of the more than 50 topics, obtain a quick overview, and immediately put into practice. This is a must-read for anyone who recognizes the importance of nurturing creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration in today’s youth in order to succeed in tomorrow’s world. Setting Minds Free helps inspire, invite, and integrate creativity into all our daily lives.”

Kathleen Nilles, parent, passionate advocate, and Parent Services & Communication Manager, National Association of Gifted Children

 “This book is an excellent reminder that in addition to attention to our kid’s academic growth we must also spend time and focus on cultivating our kid’s creative growth. This book contains tons of information on how to approach this cultivation both at home and in conjunction with school. As my youngest is preparing to enter kindergarten I will be sure to keep these ideas in mind as I select the school she will attend and remember to honor her creativity.”

Teal Harada, parent