Book Suggestion: Minimalist Parenting

Friday, April 5th, 2013

MinimalistParenting3D-smallI think I met Christine Koh in a hotel bathroom. I’m pretty sure that was her.

Anyway, I’ve been following her on Twitter for years and I like her, so I was predisposed to be interested when I found out she had written a book with fellow blogger, Asha Dornfest – even before I heard the book was called Minimalist Parenting.

As someone who once lived in an RV with two kids and who frequently reminds those same two kids that “you already have plenty to be grateful for”, I was thrilled to discover this book had been written. Finally! Someone was going to tell parents to slow down and chill out! And that’s pretty much exactly what Christine and Asha did with their book.

They also provided step by step – and yet completely customizable – instructions for anyone who wants to take a more minimalist approach to their life, not just their stuff. I love it when people take ideas and philosophies and turn them into actionable steps that real people can implement.

Minimalist Parenting isn’t about having fewer toys or more empty shelves. It’s about scheduling fewer play dates and giving the number of gifts that feels right for you. It’s about being less competitive, feeling less guilty, and having more fun with the people you love.

It is, I believe, about making life easier and returning parenting to the sane and natural experience it once was.

That being said, it is sort of “minimalist parenting for beginners.” I found a lot of the steps and ideas to be common sense and things that my family and I have long ago adopted. But, my family and I are – as our teen tells us constantly – kind of weird.

If you and your family are slightly less weird – but think it might be cool to be slightly more weird – you might want to check out this book.

If you hate feeling rushed all the time and think to yourself, “how can something that has been done since the beginning of time be so damn hard?”, you might want to check out this book.

You might also want to sign up for the free online workshop, which says it’s a companion for the book but totally can be started before you read it.

Questions for the class: do you consider yourself a minimalist parent? What do you think that phrase even means?

  1. Megan says:

    First, I think that your opening line needs to be in a book. I plan on writing it down and working into a novel at some point – without Christine, of course. I don’t even know her. ;)

    I think I am a minimalist parent. Even though he’s an only child, he gets (way) fewer gifts than I even got as a kid. That could be because the stuff is more expensive or that I learned early that he would play with the same two or three things over and over again and buying more than that was pointless. I much prefer to spend money on family travel and other experiences rather than stuff.

    I shuttle Mack around a lot by necessity, and I cannot even begin to imagine doing it voluntarily for 400 different activities. It’s exhausting just thinking about it. And when do these kids do their homework?
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    • Miss Britt says:

      Based on what I know about you, I’d agree that you fit the description of a minimalist parent. Maybe that’s why you always seem so calm. ;-)

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