When someone asks me what the key is to being a good parent, I always say “creativity”. Parents know this truth universally because we’ve all been there … whether it’s the challenge of managing our children through sickness, tantrums, boredom, or rebellion, the answer lies in our ability to sing to them, play make-believe with them, paint with them, cook with them, color with them … and show them gently and quietly that they are capable of creating beauty and calm.
It’s easier said than done, though. To enlist creativity rather than other shortcuts to managing our kids day in and day out takes patience, commitment, and imagination.
Hand in Hand is a book that features 20 amazing mommy bloggers who share their unique stories about parenting … stories that underscore the importance of engaging with our children through creativity. They also offer instruction on their favorite tried and true child-friendly craft projects that are fun, and designed for success to be had by all family members. It is a book with a message and projects that will remain evergreen … as long as kids are kids and parents are parents.
Many thanks to the contributing artists and parents of Hand in Hand as follows:
Jackie Boucher :: weelife :: Samantha Cotterill :: Mummy Sam :: Jenny Doh :: Crescendoh :: Maya Donenfeld :: maya*made :: Ali Edwards :: AE Blog :: Rachel Faucett :: Handmade Charlotte :: Pam Garrison :: Pam Garrison :: Abby Glassenberg :: While She Naps :: Cindy Hopper :: Skip to my Lou :: Beki Lambert :: Artsy-Crafty Babe :: Merrilee Liddiard :: mer mag
:: Jhoanna Monte :: One Red Robin :: Jessica Okui :: Zakka Life :: Ella Pedersen :: Little Red Caboose :: Carly Schwerdt :: Nest Studio :: Amanda Blake Soule :: soule mama :: Nicole Spring :: Frontier Dreams :: Jean Van’t Hul :: The Artful Parent :: Dana Willard :: MADE :: Kristin Zecchinelli :: Maine Momma