“For decades, people have been asking me to write this book. The Artist’s Way focuses on a creative recovery. We re-cover the ground we have traveled in our past. The Artist’s Way for Parents focuses on creative cultivation, where we consciously—and playfully—put our children on a healthy creative path toward the future.” —Julia Cameron
Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Award represents “Better Books for a Better World”—the Gold Award (Best Book of the Year) in the category of Parenting/Family.
From the bestselling author of The Artist’s Way comes the most highly requested addition to Julia Cameron’s canon of work on the creative process. The Artist’s Way for Parents provides an ongoing spiritual toolkit that parents can enter—and re-enter—at any pace and at any point in their child’s early years.
According to Cameron: “Every child is creative—and every parent is creative. Your child requires joy, and exercising creativity, both independently and together, makes for a happy and fulfilling family life.” Focusing on parents and their children from birth to age twelve, The Artist’s Way for Parents builds on the foundation of The Artist’s Way and shares it with the next generation. Using spiritual concepts and practical tools, this book will assist parents as they guide their children to greater creativity.
In this latest volume of her popular Artist's Way series, Cameron addresses parents. Using checklists and personal exercises, the book focuses on empowering parents to be creative under the premise that children will model their behavior on that of their parents, though many parents may have sacrificed their creativity when children came along. In addition to establishing the three daily habits of Morning Pages (journaling), Creative Expeditions (fun activities with your kids), and Highlights (reviewing the best parts of the day at bedtime), Cameron gives practical, but occasionally tired advice about providing creative space for children in the home, taking time for oneself as a parent, reducing clutter, and not being afraid to play or make a mess; she also includes reminders about proper diet, exercise, and sleep habits. The book is filled with anecdotes praising Cameron's mother and self-congratulatory asides about the way Cameron raised her own daughter. A little humility would go a long way, as no parent can sympathize with someone who believes she has it all figured out. Some may find the repeated references to God off-putting, despite Cameron's claim that she's making a larger spiritual connection that isn't necessarily Christian. Still, the reminders to look for joy and wonder may be revelatory for Cameron's readers and their kids.