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The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections Paperback – April 1, 2008
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“Embraces a new way of living that will engage your children’s imaginations, celebrate their achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a family.”—Living Crafts Magazine
“Give your family an injection of creativity with this inspirational book.”—Kindred Magazine
“The Creative Family will make life with your children rich, full, imaginative, and fun beyond measure. This book is a recipe for joyful parenting and a joyful life. It's a gift for both your children and yourself. I loved it!”—Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education and author of Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times
“Amanda Soule has created a wonderful guide that nourishes the wellspring of creativity already inherent in the family dynamic. She encourages discovery, ingenuity, sharing, and celebration in a way that helps each family member grow, while simultaneously bringing the whole family closer together. A truly meaningful book for and about that which we hold dearest.”—Jeffrey Yamaguchi, author of 52 Projects: Random Acts of Everday Creativity
About the Author
Amanda Blake Soule is the creator of the popular blog www.SouleMama.com. Amanda spends her days with her four young children—making things, thrifting, exploring and being inspired by their coastal Maine surroundings. Learn more about her and find her blog at www.amandasoule.com.
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I like all of this book - the writing, pictures, projects, and if you're on the fence about buying it, I only have one question for you. What are you doing on a fence? Get down from there and get back to crafting!
The only thing I thought it was missing was the Daddy side of things - what's his role in all this creating?
Otherwise, exactly (and more than) what I was looking for, and I was surprised by how much of the book I plan to apply immediately! My inspiration wire is hanging as I type :-)
It is full of simple, inspiring ideas to enjoy with your family. I feel encouraged to let my children explore their creative sides in spite of the messes. It can be so easy to plop children down in front of TV or video games, but they really do hunger for more creative pursuits.
If you find Amanda's blog inspirational, you will love having something tangible to drag around the house with you and read in all your comfy spots. My copy now has a place of honor in the bathroom right next to the extra roll of TP.
For myself, I think my biggest inspiration came from the chapter on organization. One of my children was sick the week I read this book, and I was stuck at home. I wanted to try all the projects Soule had written about, but couldn't go out to buy some of the missing supplies. So I organized according to many of Soule's suggestions and the result was great!
I think every family needs to read this because, as other reviewers state, it's more than just a craft book -- it's a whole philosophy. We desperately need to "turn off and tune in" to each other more, and this book really promotes that idea.
Personally, I was also encouraged as I read the first part of the book where Soule discusses how she felt like she wasn't very creative or artistic growing up, but she had this driving need to create that she felt when pregnant with her first child. I had felt all of that, but didn't think I could. Now I only wish that her book had come out sooner. Just this year I have resolved to learn things like sewing and knitting, hoping to be able to make most -- if not all -- my gifts. "The Creative Family" makes me feel like that just might be attainable.