I recently read “Minimalist Parenting” by Koh and Dornfest. It was recommended by unclutterer.com, a blog I have followed for a few years. As advertised it is definitely geared towards women, but there are several pearls that I found among the following chapters:
- The Road to Minimalist Parenting – Make small adjustments, know your family
- It’s Your Time: Tuning In and Prioritizing – What do you want More and Less of in your life?
- Time Management Tricks for Minimalists – Chores, prep work
- A New Way to Think About Your Stuff – Items that add value, items that don’t
- From Clutter to Curation -
- Financing Your Minimalist Life -
- Playtime: Good, Simple Fun – Kids need a balance of structured, unstructured time
- Education In and Out of School –
- Strategies for Simplifying the School Year – Get to know other parents
- Beyond the Schoolyard
- Meal Planning for Real Life – Plan menu, then go grocery shopping
- Simplifying and Enjoying Mealtime – Have kids set the table, don’t get up every two minutes
- Celebrations and Vacations – Know what your kids want
- You, Minimalist You – Put your own oxygen mask on first, before assisting others
Nothing was brand new to me and I have thought and re-thought reducing clutter in the house, dinner plans, enrolling the girls in activities, and trimming time sucks like watching television. The presentation is pretty good and it is a fast read. I was able to read the book and work the written “exercises” in about 5 hours. In the end, I have a dozen tricks I want to try and we will see how it goes.