My friend Becca recently linked to this article about creative parents raising children: "Mum, will you ever finish that novel?"
It made me think about how I involve my children in my writing. In some cases, we're creative partners. We go visit zoos and other family destinations together, and my daughter even takes notes. We also collaborate on candy experiments, coming up with new ideas. Lately I've been asking their advice as to what we should exhibit at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.
Even when my children aren't directly involved with my projects, I tell them about any good news so they can celebrate too. Sometimes they'll even do the good-news "Writer's Dance" with me.