I don’t remember exactly how I came across The Artist’s Way for Parents by Julia Cameron. It just sort of fell into my lap, so-to-speak. I put in on my “for later” digital bookshelf and decided one day to put in on my holds list. And one day, I got the email that it was ready to read on my favorite device.
It’s been a straightforward read, helping my search for for ways to awake the spirit of creativity in myself and transfer the magic to the kids.
As parents, it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day of routine, the months and years slip by of childhood and before we know it, we’re looking back and wishing we would have done more creatively.
The chapters are easy to digest and offer many practical exercises and thoughtful questions to inspire thinking.
Here are just a few example questions/exercises that struck a chord with me:
List five things you love/how can you share these with your children?
List ten frivolous things you can do in fifteen minutes.
List five things that interest your children.
List five ways your appreciate being treated.
List your preconceived ideas of what artists are.
Read the book by the chapters laid out, during a time when your brain is fresh.
Give yourself enough time with each question, but jot down the first things that come to mind.
Write your answers in a journal with the prompts and whatever else comes to mind as you read the book.
Try to incorporate the Morning Pages exercise into your morning routine as well. Morning Pages is the simple act of sitting with a blank piece of paper (or screen) and writing down the first things that come to mind. It can be a rant, a vent, a brainstorm or whatever your thoughts take you to. The idea is to just let thinking flow.
I think this book will be a good one to refer back from time to time.