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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Importance of Creativity

Welcome to Week One of the month-long Carnival of Creative Mothers to celebrate the launch of The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood
by Lucy H. Pearce

Today's topic is Nurturing a Culture of Creativity at Home. Be sure to read to the end of this post to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


Join the Carnival and be in with a chance to win a free e-copy of The Rainbow Way!

November 27th: Creative Heroines.
December 4th: Creative Inheritance.
December 11th: The Creative Process.


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I am a pretty creative person, and have lots of hobbies. I write, knit, sew, craft, decorate, draw, paint, dance, sing… I do a great many things with passion and fury.
But when I became a mother, I forgot most of that. Everything I wanted to undertake seemed an ordeal. Constantly interrupted and a baby who wouldn't sleep unless she were held and would stir at the smallest noise. In those early months with my daughter, all I ever got done was to sew one table cloth.

I took up some crochet never to finish, tried to sew a top never to be ready by the time my daughter had grown out of it, took up some knitting and never got a sweater done before she became too big for it. And so I sorta gave up.
In hindsight, it isn't too hard to make the link between my lack of creativity and the long and draining depression I hit during my second pregnancy.
I recovered from the depression at the same time as I took up art journalling. ANd since, I've eagerly jumped on my creativity train again.

Luckily, my daughter is now big enough to join in the crafts and creation, or at least to be interested and observe with a passion. And my son has quite a different temperament and likes just to play alongside me when I'm sewing or crafting.
Being able to get creative again has given me renewed energy.

For unschooling children, it is important to spend time around passionate, creative an talented people. So if not only for your own sake, be that person for their sake. Even if you feel like you majorly suck at things, keep at it, try and try again. If you're inspired and passionate, you'll get better.

More than ever, I've found it's important to maintain a flow of creativity in my household. For my mental wellbeing, but also for my daughter's sake, who's just as sensitive as I am. Being creative does wonders to both our moods and sensitivities. It gives us focus. It gives us purpose.
The creative process clears the mind and forces you to spend some time in the here and now. It's the easiest way to mindfulness as it requires all of your attention.

I am thankful that I have these gifts, these talents and passions, and I know now not to let them wither. I hope I pass along the taste for creativity to my children.



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Carnival host and author of The Rainbow Way, Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares an extract from the chapter Nurturing a Family Culture of Creativity.

  • Lilly Higgins is a passionate food writer. Now a mother of two boys, she's discovered a new calling: to instil in them a love of food and creativity in the kitchen.
  • DeAnna L'am shares how visioning the New Year with your child is an invitation to be inspired: use creativity and resolutions to create a fun road map for the year ahead.
  • Molly at Talk Birth on Releasing Our Butterflies - balancing motherhood with creativity.
  • Laura shares some of the creativity happening at Nestled Under Rainbows and a few thoughts about creativity.
  • Georgie at Visual Toast celebrates her own unique culture of creativity at home.
  • Esther at Nurtureworkshop spreads the love of the ordinary, the delights of everyday things that can be an adventure of the imagination.
  • For Dawn at The Barefoot Home creativity is always a free form expression to be shared by all in a supportive environment where anything can be an art material.
  • Naomi at Poetic Aperture is a mother, artist and photographer who tries to keep her daughter away from the expensive pens and paints.
  • Aimee at Creativeflutters writes about keeping your sanity and creativity intact with small kids in the house in her post: Mother + Creativity - They Must Coexist.
  • Amelia at My Grandest Adventure embarks on a 30 Days of Creativity challenge...you can too!
  • Becky at Raising Loveliness explores creating with her smaller family members.
  • Jennifer at Let Your Soul Shine reveals how children help us connect to our souls, through music and movement.
  • Mary at The Turquoise Paintbrush shares her experiences of creating with kids.
  • Brooke at violicious spent too much time worrying and trying to be creative instead of letting it flow.
  • Joanna at Musings of a Hostage Mother explains why creativity at home is important to her in her post "I nurture a creative culture."
  • On womansart blog this week - nurturing a creative culture at home.
  • Creative woman at Creator's Corner loves color and uses it to paint, draw and decorate to inspire herself and her family.
  • It took until Amy at Mama Dynamite was pregnant aged 35 to discover her dormant creative streak - she has found lovely ways of tuning into it every since.
  • Anna of ArtBuds is a trained educator and art therapist. She has been creating all her life and nurturing her daughter's creativity at home is a priority.
  • Deb at Debalicious shares how her family enjoy creativity at home.
  • Emily at The Nest explores how creativity runs through her family's life together.
  • Jennifer at OurMuddyBoots sees that encouraging creativity in children is as simple as appreciating them for who they are: it just means overriding everything we know!
  • Lisa from Mama.ie has discovered that a combination of writing and traditional crafts can provide a creative outlet during those busy early years of new motherhood.
  • Anna at Biromums shares what nurturing a culture of creativity means to her.
  • Zoie at TouchstoneZ argues that the less they are interfered with, the more creative children become as they grow up.
  • Darcel at The Mahogany Way celebrates creating with her kids.
  • Molly at MollyLollyLoo explores her family's shared creative times.
  • Liz at Reckless Knitting shares how she celebrates creativity with her family.
  • Sally (aka The Ginger Ninja) of The Ginger Chronicles is continually inspired by her own mum and grandmother.
  • Just being creative is enough, says Nicki at Just Like Play, as she ponders her journey of nurturing a creative family.
  • Allurynn shares her creative family's musings in her post "Creativity... at the Heart of it" on Moonlight Muse.
  • Laura at Authentic Parenting explores how being creative saves her sanity.
  • Mama is Inspired talks about how she puts an emphasis on the handmade in her home, especially in the holiday season.
  • Kirstin at Listen to the Squeak shares with you several easy ways for busy mamas and dads to encourage their children to be creative every day.
  • Chiswick Mum believes that a healthy dose of chaos is the secret to nurturing creativity at home.
  • Mila at Art Play Day always lived in her dreams, sleepwalking through life ... now she is finding out what creativity is all about.... her inner child!
  • Sadhbh at Where Wishes Come From describes how picture books can nurture creativity in young children.


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3 comments:

  1. Laura, as you know I have been on a similar journey to you with PND and motherhood. Being creative also gives me renewed energy - this is something that came up with a lot of women I spoke to in the writing of The Rainbow Way - there are a number of sections on creativity, depression and healing in the book because I feel it is SO important to talk about it and make it real and normal not hidden and shameful -as you do to in your wonderful book.

    Thank you so much for being part of the carnival.

    Thank you

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    1. Thank you so, Lucy. You brought tears to my eyes again

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  2. Laura, I feel quite inspired having finished this post to make more of an effort to be creative with my children. I tend to use it as an activity to keep them occupied while to do other things, but you are right - being creative with them is beneficial for both.

    I particularly loved this statement: The creative process clears the mind and forces you to spend some time in the here and now. It's the easiest way to mindfulness as it requires all of your attention. So true and yet so easy to forget.

    Thanks
    Jennifer

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