cover image The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children

The Artist’s Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children

Julia Cameron, with Emma Lively. Penguin/Tarcher, $26.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-399-16372-2

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. Agent: Susan Raihofer, David Black Literary Agency. (Aug.)