She likes to put her hand in mine and give it a tug. Her hand is sticky, always sticky. She pulls until I stand up, looking at me with huge, puppy dog eyes.
“Play?” she asks, and how can I say no? She is, after all, only a toddler once and for such a short time.
She’s the one we didn’t plan for, seven years difference between her and our third born. This makes her a little sweeter, a little more precious, and somehow she knows it.
We make our way to her room and she sits me down, then we’re off to her land. It’s a world where nothing makes sense, not even the language. Baby dolls are alive, and so are the stuffed animals.
This is her world, and it’s entirely make believe.
Children are naturally creative. I don’t know when that begins to fade away, but at some point, for most (but certainly not all) kids, this creativity gives way to the practicality of a grown up world.
But what of the kids whose creative bent continues to thrive, even as they age? What do we do with the children who hear symphonies in their heads, find solace in a paint brush, or live in the world of make believe long after their peers?
In my upcoming book, Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom, I address this very scenario. Because many a creative mother has found herself with a creative child, and all of us want to know how to best nurture our children’s bent.
Consider this excerpt from the book:
Have you ever noticed how a toddler’s greedy little hands blend colors that clash, all while singing their songs off-key with complete abandon? Children live their worshipful lives unabashedly, unapologetically, and totally unaware that there might be some kind of formula. If we would take the time to sit down and really watch them, to observe their unbounded joy in all of life, we just might learn a thing or two about worship . . . and art.
But you and me, we’re all grown up. We like to polish and perfect each painting, master and manipulate every message before we lift it up to Him. We are purposeful and they are playful. We are cerebral while our children are celestial, zealous in their self-expression. While we hum politely in the corner, they stand up on a picnic table and belt out “The B-I-B-L-E” with absolute joy! Theirs is the Renaissance rising, refreshing and responsive, and we’ve so much to glean from their example. Of course, they’ve also got much to learn from us and isn’t that what family looks like—everyone learning together?
Creativity and motherhood go hand in hand if, for no other reason, than children are born creative. And for the creative mom looking to fit her art into her busy days, cultivating creativity in our kids is a task not to be taken lightly.
Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom is a book for creative mothers who are trying to fit it all in – motherhood, creativity, marriage, friendships.
It’s chock full of stories of creative mothers walking the messy path between motherhood and art.
But the book also tells the stories of moms who are raising the next generation of creatives; mothers like Kate Battistelli, mother of recording artist Francesca Battistelli, and Wynter Evans Pitts, mother of actress Alena Pitts.
These women share the wisdom they’ve learned as they’ve raised creative children, and their stories are full of inspiration for all of us.
Will you join as we build up a community of mothers? Because while it’s true that it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to raise a mom.
Join the Life Creative movement today!
For more information on the book and ways you can be involved in the online Renaissance, visit our website. As an added incentive, if you purchase the book before September 30, we are offering a free pdf resource. 5 Steps to Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Thriving Business is chock full of wisdom and insight for creative women who want to take their passions to the next level.
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