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7 Ways to Fit Art in When You Don’t Have the Time

by Jean Van't Hul
October 10, 2015

Creativity is Too Important Not to Make Time For

So, my friends, thank you for being so kind with me in the comments on my last post. As you can probably tell, I’m experiencing a bit of a mid-life, work-life crisis here.

What I love so very much, and what has worked for our family for so long, is no longer working as well now that my first child is older and busier. And it’s been hard for me to admit and accept. While I’ve finally done the former, I haven’t quite gotten to the acceptance part.

I’ve cried talking to friends about this. I’ve cried reading your comments. Heck, I’m crying as I write this.

Tears are good sometimes, though, right? At least that’s what I have to tell myself since I can cry at the drop of a hat.

So, anyway, what’s next?

Do I throw in the towel and say I’m done as The Artful Parent?

No way.

I can’t do that. I’m still very much an artful parent. Still very much want to be an artful parent.

I still very much believe in the power of art and creativity.

And just because our schedules and time constraints are making it more difficult, that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up.

Here’s what I’m going to do…

Today’s simple after-school #invitationtocreate … Black construction paper, metallic paint (BioColors), and Q-tips.

A photo posted by Jean Van’t Hul | Artful Parent (@jeanvanthul) on

1. Fit the art and creativity to our family.

This might mean fewer and simpler art activities for now, with a bigger focus on ways to connect over art. I’m thinking drawing games and reading to the kids while they draw/create.

2. Remember to do art and other creative activities with Daphne, the 6 year old, even if her big sister is at gymnastics or doing homework. It doesn’t have to be everyone at the same time.

3. Do art for myself. I don’t have to get the kids involved to justify creating. I can do it on my own, too.

4. Change what I share on The Artful Parent. Not a complete overhaul, but fewer SUPER COOL ART ACTIVITIES! and more simple and easy open-ended ideas.

5. Work more on setting up and maintaining a workable, inviting art space for the kids so they can create what they want when they want.

6. Strew. Create little learning or creative invitations around the house.

7. Simplify our life as much as possible. Declutter, keep meals simple, and minimize after-school activities and commitments.

Anything else you would add? If so, please share!

I’m probably think of more ideas later, too, and when I do, I’ll share them with you.

In the meantime, let’s just do the best we can to fit creativity into our busy lives here and there, in the ways that make sense. And also think of how to make our lives less busy when we can.

7 Ways to Fit Art Into Your Life When You Don't Have Time

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