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51l3HxcIuGL._SX348_BO1,204,203,200_The Innovative Parent: Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art

Erica Curtis and Ping Ho

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.

“. . . when you’re knocking but they’re pretending that nobody’s home, art gives you a key to get in through the back door.”

– The Innovative Parent


Articles by Erica

Holiday Art Activities for Healing Trauma – UCLArts and Healing (December 2017)

Transforming Objects Transforms Yourself – Follow The Things (December 2017)

Making Meaning -UCLArts and Healing (Dec 2014)

Embrace the moment: Quick holiday de-stress tips -Indian River (Dec 2014)

Beyond Words: Why we should talk less and make more -Lifespan Learning blog (Oct 2014)

7 Books Sure to Inspire Creative Expression -Foundation for Art and Healing blog (August 2014)

Shape Up Your Practice with Metaphors -Lifespan Leaning blog (March 2014)

Giving: Is it always good? -Lifespan Leaning blog (Jan 2014)

Gifts from the Heart: ART Activity -UCLArts and Healing (December 2013)

Re-Visualizing Relationships -Lifespan Leaning blog (September 2013)

ADHD Treatments and Remedies -by Jeremy Warner (Erica Curtis contributing writer/expert) (April 2013)

Picture This: Healing Trauma through Art – UCLArts and Healing (January 2013) and Live Well UCLA (July 2013)

A Creative Spark of Gratitude -All Things Healing (November 2011)

Get Organized from the Outside In -Special Education Advisor (October 12, 2011)

The Anatomy of Self CareSpecial Education Advisor (June 8, 2011)

Is the Behavior in My Child’s Control?: A Question of Consequence  –Special Education Advisor (May 2, 2011)

Understanding Client Imagery in Art Therapy –Journal of Clinical Art Therapy (May 2011)

Preschool for Children with Special NeedsSpecial Education Advisor (March 13, 2011)