The Innovative Parent
Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art
Imprint: Swallow Press
Award: National Parenting Product Awards
232 Pages, 7.00 x 10.00 in
- Published: April 2019
- Published: April 2019
Even the best talk-based practices in parenting can be limiting. How can art help parents temper storms of emotion, defuse sibling conflicts, get teeth brushed, and raise happy, successful kids? In The Innovative Parent, Erica Curtis and Ping Ho integrate cutting-edge research, years of clinical expertise, and their own parenting experience into a revolutionary yet practical guide to creative parenting. Plentiful illustrations and anecdotes bring concepts to life and show art in action with kids and parents.
Together, Curtis and Ho let parents in on art therapy trade secrets to help children make sense of emotions, build connections with others, develop problem-solving skills, resolve day-to-day conflicts, process and retain information, confront fears and anxiety, and much more. These are complex tasks for something as seemingly simple as making art, yet therein lies the beauty of The Innovative Parent: its down-to-earth approach is simple, doable, and fun.
“With this wonderful guide you will find a fun and effective way to make your connections with your kids more fulfilling, while cultivating resilience and joy in their lives. Erica Curtis and Ping Ho provide artistic activities involving music, visual images, and dance for deep enrichment and enhancing our relationships with our children as they grow—with innovation, collaboration, and resilience front and center. Bravo, and thank you!”
“I salute your effort to bring art therapy principles to new parents. Thank you for your important work!” — Happiest Baby, Inc.
“The Innovative Parent manages to avoid the pitfalls of countless parenting books and tools. It offers sensitive, creative, and mindful parenting techniques that are specific yet flexible. While no child comes with an instruction manual, this book is the closest I’ve found to one in anchoring me—both as a parent and as a creative person—in what I know.”
“Erica Curtis and Ping Ho have condensed decades of experience into a lively must-read. It provides compelling and easily digestible instruction for any parent, but also for educators, clinicians, researchers, program administrators and community health practitioners. Designed for use by both novice and expert, the book’s deep insights into the child-learner’s mind and heart provides a path forward for anyone intrigued by the ability of the arts to engage, activate, inspire and teach.”
“What adult wouldn’t benefit from a creative approach to connecting with and engaging kids—theirs or not? Parents and professionals will find ways to promote cooperation, further social-emotional growth, and facilitate fun in the process. Grounded in studies from a variety of disciplines, as well as arts therapy practice, this book will introduce readers to practical techniques for use with people of all ages and challenges, also making it a guide to self-parenting.”
“This book is a must-read for all parents. It is based in both the authors’ experience and the science of creative child development….This marvelous book talks about the process of children’s use of art with many wonderful examples. It is further enriched by examples of other creative expressions such as music and dance. I strongly recommend it.”