Motherhood + Creativity – They Must Coexist …

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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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Motherhood + Creativity – They Must Coexist … for my sanity!!! Yes I said it, it keeps me sane to keep creativity alive and well at home. Being a stay-at-home Mom has it’s rewards, annoyances and sometimes the desires to go out and find a job. I have days when I ask myself if I’d be happier outside of the home and the little voice inside my head says this is what your kids need, this will keep a healthy home, this is the best thing and this is the stage of life where they need me the most. I know there are women in the working world who would envy life at home and I’m not saying I’m not grateful, I just lose my sanity for a bit and then wake up.

Being creative at the beach last Memorial Day.

Being creative at the beach last Memorial Day.

One thing that keeps me sane and loving being home is that as an artist I have the time to create during nap time or when my oldest is in school, I have that freedom. When my oldest daughter was younger we would do lots of crafts at home, the messier the better! We had freedom with our creativity. I loved bringing her into my art world and it gave me the art fix I needed for the day as well as bonding time as mother and daughter. That was a luxury because she was the only child then. Fast forward 5 years later and along comes daughter number 2, most creativity together has stopped because of the age difference. I just went away to a fabulous art retreat for my 40th birthday and came away with the desire to start creating again with my oldest. She desires it as much as I do. I always feel guilty when she says that she wants to do art with me (while I’m cooking dinner, or some other mundane household chore). This year I am working my way back into the creative world with her. We are going to collaborate on some pieces. One challenge is going to be creating with the youngest as well, I may start with finger painting.

Lo at 2 years old helping me paint her rocker.

Lo at 2 years old helping me paint her rocker.

A memory I won’t forget. We still have this little rocker minus the ball on top that our Lily-Bean is now using.

Finished product. She primed it and painted the blue with a little help.

Finished product. She primed it and painted the blue with a little help.

One thing that drives me nuts when working with kids is the short attention span, you have to constantly be changing things up. They move on quicker than you can get your area set up to start. One way to combat this challenge I believe is having a box of kid-safe goodies to touch, learn from and figure out. When they move on to the next thing they can reach in the box and see if that object inspires them or just fascinates them, turn it into a lesson some how. Kids are very tactile.

Some ideas to try with the kids at home:

  • finger painting

  • water-color

  • making simple ornaments

  • playing with stamps and ink

  • paper clay

  • simple collage

  • drawing

  • playing with found objects and creating something out of it

  • make your own play doh

  • coloring

A great place for inspiration is Pinterest! Make a board of crafts you’d like to try with your kids and work your way through that board. Not only are you all bonding but you’re keeping your sanity and keeping your boredom at bay. I’m preaching to myself here! Another great place for little crafts for kids is your local craft store, there are usually dollar bins with little activities for your kiddos. Keep it simple and fun. Keep your sanity with your creativity! Now go out and create something with your kids!! Make some new traditions and memories!

xoxo

Aimée

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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.

12 responses »

  1. Loving this – “I just lose my sanity for a bit and then wake up” so, so, so true. Creativity has helped me keep my sanity in motherhood 100%. And totally with you on feeling guilty about not having the time/ energy to get creative with them many of the times they ask – my elder daughter always seems to leave it till just before bed time before *NEEDING* to embark on some elaborate, and messy, new creative project.

    Thanks so much for taking part in the carnival!

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  7. Yes to the short attention span! I sometimes try things out while the kids are asleep and if I find it takes too long or is too tedious I do most of it myself and keep the final bits for them. Your chair is amazing, well done!

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