Book Review: The Creative Family Manifesto by Amanda Blake Soule

The Creative Family Manifesto by Amanda Blake Soule

My ⭐️ rating: 3.5/5

The Creative Family Manifesto was a very easy read. Amanda shared her thoughts and views on living a creative family life. Personally, we already do a lot of the things she talks about in this book but I think it would be a great read for someone who is looking to deepen their relationship with their kids and create a family-centered fun home environment.

The four things she focuses on are—

1. Self- developing or continuing our own passions and interests

2. Child- the development and nurturing of their spirit

3. Family- the deepening of the family bond through creating together

4. Community- how we can connect to both our local and global communities through the act of creative living

I kind of felt like I was reading a long blog post at times. Things get slightly repetitive in spots and I don’t think it was laid out in the absolute best way but she touches on a lot of great ideas. Again, I probably would’ve enjoyed it much more if I didn’t already share a lot of these views/so many of these things already.

I did end up saving some ideas to my notes that I’d love to try and also be more mindful of. Some of those things are—

⁃ A Silly Gratitude Alphabet

⁃ Thanking our elders, my children and myself often

⁃ Having a vinyl tablecloth ready for the dining table so we can have messy play more often

⁃ Games: Don’t smile, family charades, the endless story, what’s in the bag?

⁃ Family drawing time where we all try to draw the item in the center of the table

⁃ Make a small hand sewing basket for the kids

⁃ Garden stories

⁃ Seasonal nature table

⁃ A treasure of for each child to keep their special belongings in

⁃ Mealtime gathering and blessings

⁃ Birthday blessings

⁃ DIY coloring books

⁃ Family art night with extended family

If you’re looking for ways to deepen your family connection, slow down a little and enjoy time together, this book is an easy read and has many fun ideas to try!

xxoo Kate

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