This is not a typical "how-to"craft book. There are several very cute projects outlined in detail (you can get an idea of the types of projects here) but for the most part, this book provides the reader with an outline to a parenting philosophy that encourages childhood creativity.
Reading The Creative Family fostered a desire in me to set new goals for our family, and create new family traditions. In a world that is so fast paced and hectic, it is very important to be reminded that children respond best to simplicity, often in the form of family togetherness.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of this book is the fact that it celebrates the importance of motherhood. I also love the idea of scheduling creative time for both yourself and your family. For me personally, I know that I long for more personal creative time, but this need is rarely filled because I don't make time for it. I have new determination to finish all of those "projects" I have started, by actually making time for personal creativity.
I must admit, the idea of "family" creative time was a concept I needed to be re-taught. It seems that lately I am pulling out the play dough, paints, crayons, markers, etc.. for the kids to use, but I rarely join in on the fun. I am a busy adult who doesn't have time for that kind of thing :). This book reminded me of the importance of sharing in my children's creative experience. I still do not participate in every play-dough creation, but I have become more aware of the time I do spend, and am now more apt to join in on the fun, rather than just use these activities as a tool to keep my children entertained while I fold laundry, cook dinner, clean, etc... It is nice to be reminded of how much my children respond positively to my involvement, even when it seems small and meaningless.
Here is a great quote from The Creative Family:
"As parents, we are truly blessed to have in our lives both the most
natural and intuitive "teachers" of creativity. I do believe that as
human beings, we are born with the ability, the desire, the passion, and the drive to be creative. We may become anxious about "teaching" creativity to our children, but there is really no need for us to teach. They know how to be creative. They know it with every ounce of their being- it isn't conscious or rational. It is simply who they are. Until something stands in their way they will be creative.....Your role is to provide the environment and to watch and learn. Try to forget and put aside all the things running around your mind--all the lists that need completing, all the distractions of the day, and all the mess you might be making. Focus on your child. Watch. Never forget to play--and if you have forgotten how, just watch your child."
You can purchase The Creative Family at all major bookstores. It
is available at Amazon.com for $10.17.
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