Name: Jean Van’t Hul
Location: Asheville, NC
Website: The Artful Parent
Kids: Maia, age 4, and Daphne, newborn
How long have been blogging and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for almost two years now. Hard to believe! I started The Artful Parent in January 2008 partly to share the art I was doing with Maia and with my toddler art group. I wanted to make sure art was an important part of our life and blogging made me focus on it more. I was telling all these people I wanted to parent artfully – that I wanted to encourage creative expression, imagination, joyfulness, and a love of learning. Blogging about it all was a way to keep myself accountable to my intent and my values!
Tell us about the blog and your favorite things to post on:
The Artful Parent is a blog about the intersection of art and parenting. I write about our family and the art we do at home, about our favorite books, and about my own sewing and crafts. I’ve also interviewed lots of other artful parents and authors in the past and have started doing so again. I have three fun ones in the works that I’m looking forward to posting over the next few weeks.
What are some of your favorite blogs?
Two of my regular reads are SouleMama and Angry Chicken. They’re both incredibly inspiring yet good at keeping it real. And another of my all-time faves is Gennine’s Art Blog. I love her bird art. But there are so many wonderful blogs out there and new ones starting all the time!
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