busy working momBy Barbara Bietz

It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of daily family life, but making time for creative outlets can keep parents from feeling burned out.

Even if you think you are too tired or don’t have the time or resources, keep an open mind.

There are numerous ways to tap into your creativity.

Keep a Journal

Recording family events is nice, but dig deeper and keep track of your own inner thoughts. Write a poem about the flowers in the yard. List your favorite activities. Set some personal goals. If you feel blocked, respond to a prompt, such as “I wish I could,”

Take a Class

Whether it is scrapbooking, watercolor, creative writing or jewelry making, nearly every community center offers low-cost classes. Once a week, take the time to nurture your creative soul. If you can’t get away try on-line classes. Don’t worry about being “good” at something, just jump in and have fun.

Read a Book

Reading is always a relaxing activity, but look for books that nurture your creative spirit. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to quilt, check out a how-to book at your library. There are many books about tapping into your creative process. Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way has inspired readers for years.

Field Trips

Julia Cameron talks about “artists dates,” field trips that inspire your creative process. You needn’t plan a trip to Paris and leave the kids behind. But a visit to the museum during lunch hour, a solo walk in the park or a trip to the library can do wonders for your creativity, as well as your psyche.

Create a Space

Every creative needs a space to reflect quietly, work on projects, and energize. Most of us don’t have the luxury of a private office or craft room. A small desk in the corner of a room, a converted closet, even a cleared off section of the dining room table is enough. If need be, even a plastic crate filled with supplies for your project can be a portable workspace.

Everyone needs time to rejuvenate and getting involved in a creative project can do wonders for busy parents. Being creative will not take away from your family. On the contrary, your children will be inspired to see you involved in a meaningful activity.

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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