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Celebrating 12 Years of The Artful Parent!

by Jean Van't Hul
January 21, 2020

We’re celebrating 12 years of The Artful Parent this month and reflecting back on how we’ve grown!

The Artful Parent is celebrating 12 years of kids art & creativity

It’s been 12 years since I wrote my first blog post, starting The Artful Parent. Among other things, I said, “In this blog I plan to write about the Toddler Art Group, about my daughter’s art experiences, and, above all, about my attempts to parent in a way that encourages creativity, art, curiosity, and learning.”

More than a decade later, I’m humbled by what those unassuming words + photo of my daughter’s scribbles has led to.


I started out simply sharing my own experiences with my toddler and our toddler art group. Over time, I learned more—from experience, from books, from other parents, and from art educators and experts—and did more.

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All the while, I shared what I learned with you.

First, simply through blog posts, then also books, then I added in social media and e-mail, then video, then an online course for parents, then a kids’ art club.

What’s next?

Who knows!


The Artful Parent’s 12th Anniversary!

You never know where a single step will take you. And what the ripple effect will be for you and for those around you.

I have had so many parents thank me over the years for the difference The Artful Parent has made in their lives. They have said, in different ways, that my enthusiasm for and approach to children’s art and creativity (easy, fun, accessible, no stress, playful, process-oriented, whole child/whole family) has helped them to incorporate more art into their families.

And that the effects have been transformative.


Many kids’ art authors, teachers, bloggers, and Instagrammers have told me that it was my blog or book that got them started down the path of kids art and creativity.

My family’s life has obviously been affected deeply. Hopefully for the better!

And I myself have changed and grown so much through the process of blogging, teaching, connecting, learning, sharing, writing books, working with editors and publishers, launching books and products, running a business (even though I initially entered the business side of things very reluctantly, kicking and screaming), working with companies and sponsors, going to blog and business conferences, starting and running a kids’ art club membership site, managing a team, doing art with my own two very different kids and their friends, running kids art groups and classes, creating videos, and more.


I’m a better person for having started The Artful Parent. And I hope the world is a better place for it as well.

Looking for ways to fill your family’s life with creativity?

Creativity starts at home. We can all foster children’s creativity through simple and fun art activities that we can do in the family environment.

Let’s raise creative kids!

I invite you to explore for fun art activities, check out , try out the , or take my online .

And if you’ve been hesitating about taking a step in a new direction, I say go for it. You never know where it will take you and who you will become in the process!

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