Findings are still unclear about exactly how stress effects creativity. Studies do show that highly evaluative contexts decrease creative performance and low evaluative contexts increase creative performance.
This tells us that evaluating creative acts can be helpful if done more casually and constructively and criticism is less likely to spur improvement.
How do you lower creative stress in your family? Are there any high stress, high criticism, low creative areas that you’d like to improve? What are some ways you might shift criticism to a more supportive evaluation?