Yesterday I finally got out of the house to pick up Amanda Soule’s newly released, “The Creative Family.” It is by far the best book I have ever seen on the subject.
I always thought that I had the weirdest ideas about what being a parent and a family means. Amanda is the only person that I have been able to understand and the way she is a parent to her children. I immediately connected with ‘the why’ in the way she does things. She believes in raising children to understand how to use their imagination. So many toys now do all of the thinking and all of the creativity themselves. It’s amazing to me how many children would rather play with the box the toy came in instead of the toy itself. My heart is to teach all the children that come into my home how to love life, live an adventure, and thank God for all that we have. I have seen so many children (I was one of them) who have forgotten or never knew how precious life is, how fun life can be, and how God created it all and wants His children to be grateful.
In her book, Amanda lays out different ideas about how to become a creative family. How to teach yourself creativity or, for myself, pull it back up from my past. All children are born with the most amazing imagination and creativity. Most of them, along the way, trade it in for wanting to be just like the others in their class instead of embracing the unique ideas God gave them. My goal is to raise mine to be all that they can be and all that God wants them to be. At this point, this book is my manual for doing so.
This morning Scarlet sat in her basket (a Grandma idea, apparently I spent a lot of my learning how to sit up in a basket) and I worked on a project for Macky to start on Monday. I decided we will learn the basics of sewing. My book gave me this wonderful way to teach her.
I made pictures out of cardboard and punched holes in them. Macky will use yarn and a blunt-tip tapestry needle to work these. I will let you know how it goes!