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Creativity is hard to have. It is easy to define: the second definition of creativity on is "the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc." Here are five loosely related points that attempt to explain this definition a bit more.

1. Creativity requires rethinking what would be an initial reaction to a given situation, perhaps avoiding what would be the "natural" thing to say or the "logical" thing to do.

2. Thus the phrase, "think outside the box."

3. Creativity is important in many areas of life where we tend to have pat, natural, logical reactions.

4. One of these areas is parenting. It takes creativity to know how to apply helpful, important injunctions such as "Train up a child in the way he should go" or "Provoke not your children to wrath."

5.  All of this means that creativity requires much patience, without which humans do resort to the easiest or intuitive or first thing that comes to mind.

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