As we head into the school year, I would encourage everyone, regardless of age, to keep a daily journal. For those with limited literacy skills, your entries could even be a couple pages of doodling or a few sentences of thought. Any type of journaling is useful, but I happen to love morning pages:
The morning pages are a creative exercise outlined in The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. We will be incorporating ideas from her book in the studio this year. Cameron’s text has been used successfully in my studio with professional artists and adult students as a means to cope with stage fright, creative blocks, etc. The Artists Way for Parents was adapted from Cameron’s original book, and it is a great read for parents looking to foster creativity, balance, and executive function in their own young families.