Living Simply with Children

I cannot praise this book enough! I’ve renewed it from the library twice and have read through it quite a few times. Marie gives solid advice for keeping things simple at home and protecting children from the advertising world. She advocates parents look inside themselves to consider what their values are and how they can live those values. She suggest family meetings and a family mission statement. Most importantly, she tells parents that children learn best by example.

A few statements to ponder:

  • “Marketing aimed at kids has skyrocketed. Corporations now spend more than $2 billion annually on advertising directly targeting children, a more than twentyfold increase in the last decade.” And this book was written in 2003!
  • “Corporations now use psychologists and psychiatrists to perform research on children’s developmental process to better perfect their kid-targeted marketing.” Marie also writes that advertisers aim to surpass parental authority by portraying adults as annoying, nagging and lacking in intelligence.
  • “What many…have convieniently forgotten is that the environmental motto begins with “Reduce” and ends with “Recycle.” Our first obligation to the environment is clearly to consume less, not to recycle more.” She also points out that consuming less allows us to be able to contribute to those in need around the world.

There are many ways to simplify family life such as eating dinner together, reducing commitments and extracurricular activities, and creating family rituals.

What are some ways you have consiously simplified your life?

I am currently on a decluttering mission. I believe that simplifying my space is a starting line for simplifying my life.

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3 responses to “Living Simply with Children

  1. I’m in a similar place right now where I am aiming to get rid of at least one item each day. Then I will move on to finishing some unfinished projects and tossing the ones that I am no longer interested. I have a box in my living room to place the items in for donation.

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