I love when I pre-order books from Amazon, because the package shows up at my door completely unexpected. It's like a little gift. That I paid for. Anyway...
Amanda Blake Soule of soulemama blog fame has a new book The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nuture Family Connections. I read her blog occasionally and usually feel a little guilty that I don't do nearly for my one child what she seems to pull off for her three. And the first thing I flipped to in her book was "Making Your Own Knitting Needles" to knit with your children. What?? First, I don't make my own dinners, so I doubt I'm going to whip up a set of knitting needles. Secondly, my child would definitely stab someone with the needles. So I was not very optimistic that this book was for me.
However, I am a book freak and haven't met a book I didn't like (mostly) so I flipped through some more pages. That's when I hit Chapter 9 "Everyday Rituals". I glanced upon this paragraph:
"Don't slip into the habit of relegating your creative projects for 'after everything else is done.' Work, housework, chores-- the lists go on and on, and so does the work. 'Everything else' is never done. Creating needs to be as important a part of your life as anything else you consider a necessity."
Now wouldn't that be a great lesson to impart to my child and a great thing to remember myself? And I can only assume Chapter 10 "Celebrating Your Family" holds some more nuggets of wisdom. So, no, I am not going to make my own knitting needles, but I am going to sit down and read the book. Clearly it is about a lot more than crafts.