12 Creativity Commandments from The Artist's Way for Parents

  • I.  Create a safe environment where children can create, play, and thrive.

    II.  Children have an inherent curiosity, so we must trust and encourage them to follow their imaginings wherever they may lead, and provide raw material that will allow their imaginations to take flight.

    III.  Encourage your child to connect to the world around them and to appreciate the responsiblities that come with that connection.

    IV.  Allow your child to be messy.  Play is messy and children love mess.  Giving our inner artist room to be messy is freeing and enlivening for all.

    V.  Encourage your child to try everything by exposing them to all the art forms available and allowing them to explore uninhibited.

    VI.  Encourage your child's inventiveness by giving them the time and space to come to their own conclusions.  When we hover and direct their every move, we hinder them.

    VII.  Cultivate a love of reading in your child, as it connects them with something larger: ideas, stories, and experiences they have not yet encountered.

    VIII.  With technology as a constant distraction, it's essential to cultivate your child's focus by teaching them the importance of momentary pauses, reflective breaks, and rest.

    IX.  Set aside perfectionism and teach your child to embrace process over product and understand that mistakes are an inevitable part of moving ahead.

    X.  Recognize that creativity is not about winning, it is about creating.  Competition inhibits creativity because it focuses our energy on someone else.

    XI.  Give your children an healthy amount of autonomy, as this will allow them to define themselves on their own terms.  A good balance of support and independence grants them the freedom to be themselves.

    XII.  Encourage your child's faith in themself by surrounding them with other people who will nurture their creativity.

    The Artists Way for Parents; Raising Creative Children by Julia Cameron (bestselling author of The Artist's Way) with Emma Lively.