The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art

The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art

by Erica Curtis, Ping Ho

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2019 National Parenting Products Award Winner

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804040983
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

Erica Curtis is a board-certified art therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and internationally cited expert on parenting, relationships, and mental health, specializing in creative and cutting-edge approaches to psychotherapy and teaching. She lives in southern California with her husband and three children.

Ping Ho is founder and director of UCLArts & Healing, which offers training and community education in the use of creative expression for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. She has master’s degrees in counseling psychology and public health, and an extensive background in the performing arts. She and her husband have raised two children and now have two young grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Acknowledgments How to Use This Book Why art? When words aren’t enough Keep parenting goals in mind Find the fun The not-so-artsy parent 2: Why We Love to Hate Glitter Glue(and Other Struggles with Art) Where limits meet freedom of expression Messy, loud, and off-key Destruction Letting go 3: Survive the Day Creative cures to conflicts Time to brush teeth, doo wop, doo wop Behavior is communication (even with siblings) Buyers beware (Useful) praise 4: Connect First A hidden language A doorway to talking Rebuild lost connection The ties that bind When kids struggle to connect 5: Raise Happy Kids Tolerating challenging feelings Releasing and containing feelings A reflection of the self De-stress Confronting fears Maximize the nutritional content of art Why creative thinkers matter . . . a lot From preschool to graduate school But I am paying attention Hidden barriers to academic success Develop a creative mindset Find inspiration in the mundane Use mental imagery to get unstuck Access your inner resources Relax and recharge Epilogue Make nonjudgmental observations Encourage preferred qualities Prevent power struggles Remember behavior is communication Set limits for self-care Mess-Reduction Supplies Repurpose it Be proactive What is unique about creative arts therapists? How can I find a creative arts therapist….? References Index

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