Living Simply with Children

Monday, October 5, 2009

"Simplicity and childhood are natural counterparts. Left to their own devices, children lead down-to-earth, uncomplicated, genuine lives" 
- Marie Sherlock

I am enjoying this book so very much right now. Written by a "simple living" advocate, and mother of two, it has given me some more wonderful ideas when it comes to living simply. It's amazing how having children changes your beliefs. It makes you more aware of your surroundings, it transforms your values, and children help you to see the little things.  Ever since Odessa was born last year, we have slowly been trying to live "simpler", not only for us, but the environment. To name a few; we now buy used clothing whenever possible, use a library card (a LOT), become more aware of where we are spending our money, and have been using household products for cleaning. This book has just helped me to refocus and to realize, even more, what matters most in families.  

The first part of the book explains why kids/families need important rituals, less "stuff", and less exposure to corporate America. The second part of the book goes on to explain how to follow through and raise environmentally conscious children. There is also a good portion dedicated to helping kids with peer pressure. Very useful information for any family wanting to simplify.

1 comments to Living Simply with Children:

Gregg said...

If you're interested in reading about the environment I'd recommend the Weather Makers, really good book for understanding climate science. Just throwing that out there.

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