Last night's Oscar acceptance speeches were filled with praise and adoration for encouraging and understanding parents. I was moved to tears when Heath Ledger won a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in The Dark Knight and his family accepted the award on behalf of darling daughter Matilda, but also touched by Original Score winner A. R. Rahman. The Slumdog Millionaire music man quoted a line from a Hindi film that says, "I have nothing, but I have a mother," which sent chills down my spine. Of course, it would be remiss to ignore first time winner and one of my favorite Oscar nominated parents, Kate Winslet, who solicited a loud whistle from her father and dedicated her award to her children.
It is ever clear that parents play a critical role in supporting and fostering a love of the arts in their children. How do you encourage yours to be creative and express their artistic and musical talents?
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