Are you a fan of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron? Because, if so, you’ll be thrilled that Cameron just released, The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children, with co-writer, Emma Lively.
Why does our creative spirit matter as parents?
Well, Cameron writes (and I underlined and starred!,) “Isolation as a parent takes two forms: one is being alienated from friends, and the other is being alienated from yourself.” . . “It is important not to let ourselves become housebound. Isolation leads to depression and feelings of being trapped.”
Are you struck by the truth in this?
Naps, schedules, diapers, dinner, . . . I bet you’ve felt this isolation. Both types! I know I have.
Cameron suggests we use three basic tools to find adventures to get us out of the house and interact with other people.
1. Artist Date: a once weekly solo endeavor to do something fun! You’re taking yourself on a date. 🙂
*This is hard! Can you give this a try with me?
2. Morning Pages: 3 pages of longhand daily writing that you do alone. Every day.
*I’ve tried this and I’m going with one page almost every day. That’s all I can seem to do for now. Will you try this with me? 1 page?
3. Highlights: a bedtime ritual with your child where you share your favorite moments from the day.
*We do this with our shared read aloud ritual and family prayers. How could you incorporate this or do you already?
The book is filled with write-in exercises for us to think and apply Cameron’s suggestions. Plus, the real-life stories help me see how this looks for other people.
What else does this book include?
–> suggestions about making a creative haven for you and your child (each)
–> encouragement to walk and be in nature
–> wisdom for cultivating discovery, inventiveness, independence, faith, humility, gratitude, and curiosity (among other things)
“Parenting is a great adventure. Awaken your child’s sense of curiosity and wonder helps you reawaken your own. Reawakening your own sense of curiosity and wonder helps you awaken your child’s.”
– Julia Cameron