In this world of excesses we want to give our children more than we had to ourselves. We want to provide them with best of clothes, best of toys, latest gadgets, and exotic vacations. My intentions were no different. I wanted to give more and more and more. But then I realised the continuous desire of giving the best to my child has left me depleted. And then, I discovered the benefit of minimalism in life. that’s when I decided to implement the same in my parenting.
I still wanted to give my child more but this time it was, more opportunities, more time, more love and more emotional security.
Here is my point of view on why did I choose minimalism in my parenting style and how am I implementing it-
I believe the key is to not force it on the child, instead it’s better to talk to them and help the child “own” this lifestyle by emphasizing that minimalism is your way of life out of choice. Secondly, it’s important to take this really slow and gradually inculcate this in day to day life, any try to make this an overnight process might leave a negative impact on the child.
In your journey of minimalistic parenting, many times you might feel guilty of depriving your children of “the best” when you don’t register them for every other activity, or take them to every movie, or buy them every brain-enhancing toy. But hey! Media and advertising companies are paying millions to make you think this. Don’t “buy” it. Trust me on this, you are not depriving your children; you are enhancing their mental and emotional development.
I am not against buying things that make our life easier or more enjoyable but certainly against mindless consumption and raising my child to link her self worth to how much cool stuff she owns.
Do you believe minimalistic parenting? Share with me your opinion about the same. If you are the one like me, share with me how are you trying to instill the same in your parenting.
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