Ah, the day after Mother's Day. The homefires are burning especially brightily, we are all smitten with these loving little ones, and, sigh, another 364 days until our next breakfast in bed sounds awfully tough to take...
Luckily for us, the truly soulful Amanda Blake Soule throws us a line. The wonderful SouleMama has a new book out, The Creative Family, and it is just the inspiration we are looking for to help us bring a spirit of creativity into our homes.
This book is a hopeful guide, whether you think you are already inclined to be creative or perhaps a bit more skeptical. There are lots of activity books out there, but we've not seen another one that starts out with a powerful link between gratitude and creativity. And there may be nothing we wish to cultivate in our little ones quite so much as gratitude. We were sold.
After showing you how to learn from your kids (rather than thinking that you need to teach them how to do x, y or z), Amanda glides through sections arranged like rituals themselves -- gathering, playing, living, connecting. She reflects on the art produced by preschoolers with a digital camera. She tells you how to make a joy jar (a lock for next year's Mother Day gift for a grandma -- thank you!). She makes it sound eminently possible to introduce your children to embroidery and knitting, and she backs it up with photos of her own children doing the work. No band-aids in sight.
This is serious, soaring stuff. And it also looks fun and delightful for all. And striking in its simple richness of style and approach. Savvy, we say.
When we think of photographs and our kids, we grin at their adorable smiles (real, fake, experimental lips pursed, all kinds). We cringe at the mostly lame ways we attempt to get them to turn their best face to the camera. We tell ourselves that ... read more