“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.”
Einat Metzl, Department of Marital and Family Therapy, Loyola Marymount University
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.
Erica Curtis, LMFT, ATR-BC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and board-certified art therapist, and an internationally cited expert on integrative approaches to parenting, relationships, and mental health. She specializes in the use of creative and cutting-edge approaches in her psychotherapy practice and workshops. She lives in southern California with her husband and three children. More info →
Ping Ho, MA, MPH, is founder and director of UCLArts and Healing, which offers training and community education in the use of creative expression for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. She has degrees in psychology and community health and an extensive background in the performing arts. She and her husband have raised two children and now have two young grandchildren. More info →
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