Children Need Minimalism

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” –┬áNelson Mandela

Sometimes decluttering, simplifying, and minimalism might seem selfish. What about the children? Don’t children need lots of things and activities to have a wonderful childhood?

The truth is, children don’t need to have lots of stuff to have a wonderful childhood. Quite the opposite, I believe being too busy and having too much stuff can actually rob children of their childhood.

What a wonderful childhood isn’t:

A wonderful childhood is not having more clothing than you can wear or toys than you can play with. It is not watching mommy and daddy fight constantly. It is not eating dinner alone, coming home to an empty house, or tucking yourself in because mommy and daddy don’t have time. It is not getting new toys every week because mommy and daddy feel guilty about not being there. It is not being raised by a daycare while mommy and daddy work 16 hour days to pay for their $70,000 cars and $500,000 house.

What a wonderful childhood is:

A wonderful childhood is playing outside all day. It is getting dirty, doing cartwheels, and building forts. It is Climbing trees, catching frogs, and picking wild flowers. It is building amazing things out of duplos with daddy and cooking with mommy. It is eating meals together and getting tucked in at night. It is having a mommy and daddy who love eachother. It is hugs, kisses, cuddles, and story time. It is playing tag with your sister and laughing until it hurts. It is singing and dancing while daddy plays the guitar before bedtime.

Our society has forgotten that what our children need is actually very simple. They don’t need 3000 sqft houses, hundreds of toys, or fancy enrichment classes. They really just need mommy and daddy, love, time, attention, discipline, food, water, clothing, shelter, space to run, and their imaginations.

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” –┬áStacia Tauscher

Until next time,

Anna

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