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Julia Cameron , Emma Lively

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Aug. 20 2013
“For decades, people have been asking me to write this book. The Artist’s Way focuses on a creative recovery. We re-cover the ground we have traveled in our past. The Artist’s Way for Parents focuses on creative cultivation, where we consciously—and playfully—put our children on a healthy creative path toward the future.” —Julia Cameron

Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Award represents “Better Books for a Better World”—the Gold Award (Best Book of the Year) in the category of Parenting/Family.

From the bestselling author of The Artist’s Way comes the most highly requested addition to Julia Cameron’s canon of work on the creative process. The Artist’s Way for Parents provides an ongoing spiritual toolkit that parents can enter—and re-enter—at any pace and at any point in their child’s early years.

According to Cameron: “Every child is creative—and every parent is creative. Your child requires joy, and exercising creativity, both independently and together, makes for a happy and fulfilling family life.” Focusing on parents and their children from birth to age twelve, The Artist’s Way for Parents builds on the foundation of The Artist’s Way and shares it with the next generation. Using spiritual concepts and practical tools, this book will assist parents as they guide their children to greater creativity.

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"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. The reminders to look for joy and wonder may be revelatory for Cameron's readers and their kids."
Publishers Weekly

"While Cameron's methods have plenty of applications for children, her experience lies in the effects of childhood on creativity, which applies to adults too. The book is as much about examining what sort of parent you are (and how creativity was – or wasn't – encouraged in your own childhood) as it is about providing ideas. I'm not sure this book is so much for parents as for anyone who has been a child."
Vic Groskop, The Guardian (UK)

"Use this great guide to increase creativity for your children–and for you, too."
Kristen Kemp,

"This book spoke to me as if its author was an old friend—one who saw me through obsessive, self-neglecting new parenthood, and now knows me as a more well-rounded person with happy children. And that distinction is just the point. As parents, we care for our children as best as we know how, but we must also take time (even tiny moments) to care for ourselves and nurture our own creative needs and desires. In doing so, we cultivate joy in our lives, which we can then share with—and model for—our children. The chapters are chock-full of practical advice, delightful activities, and playful exercises that get your and your child's creative juices flowing."

"In The Artist’s Way for Parents, Cameron helps parents unleash their children’s creativity and sense of wonder. he beauty of Cameron’s advice is that she offers very specific, undaunting exercises for the, shall we say, less artistically inclined among us. There is definitely a spiritual bent to Cameron’s work—readers of her memoirs know she is a Christian. But hers is a gentle, ecumenical approach, and she is never off-putting. Rather, her interest is in supporting calm, loving environments where children are free to explore and express themselves."
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Praise for THE ARTIST'S WAY.....

THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron is not exclusively about writing—it is about discovering and developing the artist within whether a painter, poet, screenwriter or musician—but it is a lot about writing. If you have always wanted to pursue a creative dream, have always wanted to play and create with words or paints, this book will gently get you started and help you learn all kinds of paying-attention techniques; and that, after all, is what being an artist is all about. It’s about learning to pay attention.”
--Anne Lamott, Mademoiselle
“The premise of the book is that creativity and spirituality are the same thing, they come from the same place. And we were created to use this life to express our individuality, and that over the course of a lifetime that gets beaten out of us. [THE ARTIST’S WAY] helped me put aside my fear and not worry about whether the record would be commercial.”
--Grammy award-winning singer Kathy Mattea
“Julia Cameron brings creativity and spirituality together with the same kind of step-by-step wisdom that Edgar Cayce encouraged. The result is spiritual creativity as a consistent and nourishing part of daily life.”
--Venture Inward
“I never knew I was a visual artist until I read Julia Cameron’s THE ARTIST’S WAY.”
--Jannene Behl in Artist’s Magazine
“Julia Cameron’s landmark book THE ARTIST’S WAY helped me figure out who I really was as an adult, not so much as an artist but as a person. And award-winning journalist and poet, Cameron’s genius is that she doesn’t tell readers what they should do to achieve or who they should be—instead she creates a map for readers to start exploring these questions themselves.”
--Michael F. Melcher, Law Practice magazine
“This is not a self-help book in the normative sense. It is simply a powerful book that can challenge one to move into an entirely different state of personal expression and growth.”
--Nick Maddox, Deland Beacon
THE ARTIST’S WAY (with its companion volume THE ARTIST’S WAY MORNING PAGES JOURNAL) becomes a friend over time, not just a journal. Like a journal, it provokes spontaneous insights and solutions; beyond journaling, it establishes a process that is interactive and dynamic.”
--Theresa L. Crenshaw, M.D., San Diego Union-Tribune
 “If you really want to supercharge your writing, I recommend that you get a copy of Julia Cameron’s book THE ARTIST’S WAY. I’m not a big fan of self-help books, but this book has changed my life for the better and restored my previously lagging creativity.”
--Jeffrey Bairstow, Laser Focus World
“Working with the principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Cameron developed a three month program to recover creativity. THE ARTIST’S WAY shows how to tap into the higher power that connects human creativity and the creative energies of the universe.”
--Mike Gossie, Scottsdale Tribune
THE ARTIST’S WAY is the seminal book on the subject of creativity and an invaluable guide to living the artistic life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published in 1992, it is a provocative and inspiring work. Updated and expanded, it reframes THE ARTIST’S WAY for a new century.”
--Branches of Light
“THE ARTIST’S WAY has sold over 3 million copies since its publication in 1992. Cameron still teaches it because there is sustained demand for its thoughtful, spiritual approach to unblocking and nurturing creativity. It is, dare we say, timeless.”
--Nancy Colasurdo, FOXBusiness

Praise for VEIN OF GOLD, the second volume in the ARTIST’S WAY trilogy

“For those seeking the wellspring of creativity, this book, like its predecessor, is a solid gold diving rod.”

About the Author

Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than three decades. She is the author of more than thirty books, including bestselling works on the creative process: The Artist’s Way, Walking in This World, and Finding Water. Also a novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television.
Emma Lively is a classical violist turned musical theater writer, composer, and lyricist. She is the president of LivelyWorks, a production company, and owner of Bunny’s Bakery, a custom catering business. She has served as Julia Cameron’s business manager for a decade, and has contributed music and lyrics to Cameron’s musical works.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Parents' Hands-On Creativity Book Aug. 15 2013
By connywithay - Published on
Title: The Artist's Way for Parents
Author: Julia Cameron with Emma Lively
Publisher: Penguin Group
ISBN: 978-0-399-16372-2

"When we are willing to explore our creative gifts, we allow both ourselves and our children to connect to something greater - and to each other," Julia Cameron states in the introduction to her book, "The Artist's Way for Parenting - Raising Creative Children."

This hardback book is two hundred and seventy pages, targeted mainly toward parents of young children. With a foreword by Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Emma Lively also contributes to the book. There are acknowledgements and an index at the end.

Within twelve chapters, Cameron discusses ways to cultivate creativity in both parents and children. Topics include safety, curiosity, connection, limits, self-expression, inventiveness, conscious inflow, focus, discovery, humility, independence and faith. Each chapter has an eclectic blend of ideas to promote the topic along with "exercise" boxes of tasks to complete, write about or discuss.

To use the book effectively, the author suggests three tools: writing three hand-written "Morning Pages" daily about anything that comes to mind, taking a creative expedition weekly and ending each day by reviewing the day's highlights with the child.

Because children mimic their parents, if they see us be creative, they will copy our actions and words. Using the three tools, parents move away from isolation toward connection among their children, family, and friends, producing healthy relationships.

Within the chapters' exercises, parents are encouraged to have artist's dates, safety circles, downtime and new experiences so they can become more playful and promote interests in their children. The best toys are the most open-ended ones of being simple as less is better to prompt imagination.

Since there is such a mix of ideas in each chapter, emotional and spiritual ramifications are also presented. As an example, the chapter on cultivating humility mentions how to focus on our wishes, overcome competition when with sibling rivalry by gift giving, and not constantly pressure our children.

With many personal scenarios told by the writer who was a single parent during her daughter's upbringing, the book ends on an uplifting note that God is in control of both parent and child as they live, love and create together.

As one reads through the book, he or she concludes that creativity and imagination in children begins by example of those around them, especially in the home. This book hones mostly from the pro-active parental aspect of promoting creativity.

This book was furnished by Finn Partners in lieu of an unbiased review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Way for Parents and Children to Connect Jan. 7 2014
By Story Circle Book Reviews - Published on
Having been involved in women's writing circles for almost ten years, I had heard a lot about Julia Cameron before I ever set eyes on The Artist's Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children. Many of my friends are avid proponents of her morning pages, and quotes from her previous books are always showing up in my Facebook newsfeed. Personally, though, this book for parents was my first real exposure to Cameron's ideas and methods. First, yes. Last, no. I plan on reading more from her in the future.

I am a homeschooling mother of eight, and creativity has always been a big part of my life and the way I raise my children. Cameron's book helped me take a closer look at the hows and whys of this process and gave me new ideas to use with my children. I started doing the morning pages, though admittedly sometimes I revert back to my old habit of journaling at night. I have found that writing them in the morning helps me to organize my thoughts and priorities and see my day more clearly. Cameron presents parents with ways to connect with their children and see what they want to do, and invites them to spend time together in creative, exciting ways. I enjoyed doing many of the exercises with my children and seeing what they came up with for things to do at home and places they want to see outside of the house. I learned a little more about each one, which made the whole process valuable without a doubt.

One way that I think the book falls a bit short is that Cameron seems to be targeting new parents, or parents of very small children, rather than the wider audience of parents and children in general. Reading the book, one can get the idea that if you didn't do it when the children were babies, you're out of luck now that they are older. I wish she had broadened her scope and addressed parents at all stages and children of all ages.

That said, I found the book to be incredibly useful with all of my children, who range in age from three to eighteen (my oldest is no longer at home). The Artist's Way for Parents is an excellent resource for parents of children of all ages. I think that there is as much here for the parents to learn and experience as there is for the children. I don't always agree with everything she says, but the book is an entertaining and valuable resource that we will be using often.

by Khadijah A.
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Julia Cameron experience and loving it! Nov. 9 2013
By melissam36 - Published on
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I am only 1/3 of the way through, but I am very happy that I bought the book. If you're a busy parent who has questioned if you have the time to read for pleasure, let alone explore your creative yearnings, this is a must-read. As Cameron states, "taking pleasure in our true interests teaches [your children] to do the same"(p. 35).

The book is nicely organized into 12 chapters with brief exercises parsed out through the chapters. For example, as Cameron explores the importance of unstructured play, she asks the reader to list the playtime activities s/he most enjoyed as a kid. The second part of the exercise challenges the reader to find a way to share those same treasured play activities with her/his child. Cameron shares stories of her clients throughout the years to demonstrate the validity of these exercises as well as the other advice she offers. As someone who loves to take notes in a book like this, I appreciate the wide outer margins of each page, as well as the blank page used to divide the chapters, as it's here that I can jot down the ideas I develop to use with my own kids.

My Experience in Reading
For me personally, the book has brought a delving-into-the-past component that bears a strong resemblance to therapy. I actually appreciate this, even though at times it's been emotionally challenging. I get these sense that Cameron would make a very good coach - she pushes just to the point that her readers can handle! I find her tone authentic and loving, and I appreciate that her sense of "God" (as she brings God up at several points in the book) is conveyed in a way that meets others where they are in their journey with God. That said, the book is not religious, in case anyone was wondering.

My Recommendations
I have not read the original she wrote, so if you have "The Artists Way," you may not need this book. I had been hearing from people for years that I should read the former, so now I feel like I am killing two birds with one stone --- exploring my own creative nature, while learning practical ways to instill that in my children, i.e. making a doll, going on nature walks, bringing flowers into the house so that color and texture can be explored, etc. Reading this book will prove to be an easy 15 minutes of time to yourself each day!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed March 20 2014
By Pepper - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Very disappointed with this book. The Artist's Way gave so much guidance to create a sense of present moment in daily life. This book lacked much in the way of doing that for children for me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guidance for raising creative kids Nov. 8 2013
By Alice Berger - Published on
The Artist’s Way is one of the best-selling and most helpful books on developing creativity. But a special book was needed to help parents teach their children to honor their own creative gifts. In The Artist’s Way for Parents, Julia Cameron shares some of the secrets she learned in being the parent of a creative daughter.

The basic structure of this volume is similar to other “Artist’s Way” books. Broken down into twelve chapters with headings such as Cultivating Curiosity, Cultivating Limits, and Cultivating Independence, Cameron explores sub-topics within this framework. An exercise for parents and/or children is included after each lesson. Familiar tools are utilized, such as morning pages and creative expeditions (artist’s dates) along with something new – sharing highlights of the day with your child.

Allowing a child to have a safe environment to create in is key to maximizing his highest potential. But this may not come naturally, and guidance from an expert can be helpful. If you want to nurture your child in exploring his creativity, The Artist’s Way for Parents would be a valuable resource. I highly recommend this book and the others in the “Artist’s Way” collection by Julia Cameron.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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