More on Slowing Down, Smaller Houses, Free Play, and Helpful Kids

Tomorrow I’m driving the boys back to D.C. from “the farm,” our family’s long-time home in Ohio where my parents live.  The girls will stay for another week of sewing and playing the piano, woodworking and rolling down hills.

Virginia and Mark, last year at the farm

As you know, I took a digital diet this week, and I put together this post the night before we started the road trip to the Midwestern countryside.

Here are a few articles I’ve written recently that I wanted to share with you:

On Teaching Kids Responsibility

Why My Elementary-Age Kids Help Me Clean the House  |  Parentables

3 Surefire Ways to Unspoil Your Kids  |  The Minimalist Mom

On Free Play

4 Baby Steps I’m Taking Toward Being a Free-Range Parent  |  republished on Let Children Play

and this one by Megan Rosker based on an interview with the founder of the Free-Range Parenting movement, Lenore Skenazy: America is Safer Than Ever, So Why Are Parents So Scared?  |  Huffington Post

On Houses, Small and Large

3 True Stories on How Downsizing Upped Happiness  |  Parentables

3 Meaningful and Memorable Gifts for Home Lovers  |  Parentables

On Slowing Down

How to Feel Both Rested and Energized: Go Unplugged on Your Next Vacation  |  Parentables

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  • Juanita August 12, 2012, 8:23 am

    I think that all kids (no matter the family size) need to help at home to: 1) participate in daily living as they will need to do as adults; 2) to help the family maintain a pleasant living environment in the middle of the madness of working, school and activities (however minimal); and 3) to learn that work is everyday, sometimes not fun, important, for every person and much of it is unpaid so that reward lies in creating order, etc. It’s great to see that I am not alone in thinking that having kids help is important.

    As for smaller houses, we live in one and I still feel overwhelmed at the work sometimes eventhough we have significantly minimized on all fronts. It is a process and takes years (I mean time.) Habits are a big part of it, I’ve found. We are now at the point of converting mindsets to seriously consider the value of ANY item in our lives before we bring it in the house; no matter the cost (a member of my family is very good at finding free things….but do we NEED it?! ). I am so glad we don’t have a medium to large house to start with or it might have taken a decade, if ever, to get to this point.

    It’s always good to hear discussions on free range parenting as a grounding point for us…Thanks for the post!


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