Title The Innovative Parent
Subtitle Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art
Author Erica Curtis, Ping Ho
ISBN 9780804012157
List price GBP 17.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 200
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Ohio University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“With this wonderful guide you will find a fun and effective way to make your connections with your kids more fulfilling, while cultivating resilience and joy in their lives. Erica Curtis and Ping Ho provide artistic activities involving music, visual images, and dance for deep enrichment and enhancing our relationships with our children as they grow—with innovation, collaboration, and resilience front and center. Bravo, and thank you!”

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, University of California, Los Angeles (New York Times bestselling author of The Whole-Brain Child, Parenting from the Inside Out, and Brainstorm)


“I salute your effort to bring art therapy principles to new parents. Thank you for your important work!”

Dr. Harvey Karp, MD, Happiest Baby, Inc.


The Innovative Parent manages to avoid the pitfalls of countless parenting books and tools. It offers sensitive, creative, and mindful parenting techniques that are specific yet flexible. While no child comes with an instruction manual, this book is the closest I’ve found to one in anchoring me—both as a parent and as a creative person—in what I know.”

Einat Metzl, Department of Marital and Family Therapy, Loyola Marymount University


“Erica Curtis and Ping Ho have condensed decades of experience into a lively must-read. It provides compelling and easily digestible instruction for any parent, but also for educators, clinicians, researchers, program administrators and community health practitioners. Designed for use by both novice and expert, the book’s deep insights into the child-learner’s mind and heart provides a path forward for anyone intrigued by the ability of the arts to engage, activate, inspire and teach.”

Dr. Jeremy Nobel, Harvard University (Founder, The Foundation for Art and Healing)



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.




How to Use This Book

Chapter 1: Talk Less, Draw, Dance, and Sing More • Why art? • When words aren’t enough • Keep parenting goals in mind • Find the fun • The not-so-artsy parent

Chapter 2: Why We Love to Hate Glitter Glue (and Other Struggles with Art) • Where limits meet freedom of expression • Messy, loud, and off-key • Destruction • Letting go

Chapter 3: Survive the Day • Creative cures to conflicts • Time to brush teeth, doo wop, doo wop • Behavior is communication (even with siblings) • Buyers beware • (Useful) praise

Chapter 4: Connect First • A hidden language • A doorway to talking • Rebuild lost connection • The ties that bind • When kids struggle to connect

Chapter 5: Raise Happy Kids • Tolerating challenging feelings • Releasing and containing feelings • A reflection of the self • De-Stress • Confronting fears

Chapter 6: Raise Successful Kids • Maximize the nutritional content of art • Why creative thinkers matter ... a lot • From preschool to graduate school • But I am paying attention • Hidden barriers to academic success

Chapter 7: Tap Into Your Own Inner Artist • Develop a creative mindset • Find inspiration in the mundane • Use mental imagery to get unstuck • Access your inner resources • Relax and recharge


Appendix 1: Guidelines for Talking about Art and Life

Appendix 2: Supplies to Get Started

Appendix 3: Where to Put All That Art

Appendix 4: A Word on the Creative Arts Therapies



About the Authors:

Erica Curtis is a board-certified art therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, and internationally cited expert on parenting, relationships, and mental health, specializing in creative and cutting-edge approaches to psychotherapy and teaching. She lives in southern California with her husband and three children.

Ping Ho is founder and director of UCLArts and Healing, which offers training and community education in the use of creative expression for self-discovery, connection, and empowerment. She has master’s degrees in counseling psychology and public health, and an extensive background in the performing arts. She and her husband have raised two children and now have two young grandchildren.

Target Audience:

This book is essential for parents, educators, clinicians, researchers, program administrators and community health practitioners.


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