That’s a pretty bold claim, huh? Well, it’s true. If you follow the exercises and suggestions in the Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less book by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest you will automatically bring more good stuff into your life while avoiding more crap.
Here are a few brief excerpts that I highlighted in my copy of the book:
The goal is actually quite simple: keep or add the stuff that increases the joy, meaning, and connection in your life, and reduce or get rid of the stuff that doesn’t.
The question goes from “How do I fit everything in?” to “What’s most important to fit in?” The beauty of this approach: when you minimalize your schedule, you have a shot at ending most days with the knowledge that you did most of the things that matter.
For me, it is exactly the right book at the right time. As I am rereading through Minimalist Parenting slowly, I’m taking notes on all my favorite parts and lessons like how to de-clutter or shop through the lens of decreasing long-term stress.
Both authors are amazing people that I’m proud to call friends. I met Asha from ParentHacks in 2006 at my very first BlogHer conference and Christine in 2009 after she had already written such nice things about our book. Whitney and I each received an advanced copy of the book and when we sent our feedback, they blurbed us! You’ll have to look pretty closely to find it because many people gushed about it.Oh how this resonates with me: To keep the stuff that increases joy and reduce what doesn’t. But realizing this goal requires Asha and Christine’s gentle coaching, exercises, and examples. Their tone is authentic, encouraging, and above all realistic. I only wish I had this book sooner.
Whitney summarized her take, “Minimalist Parenting is not about following someone else’s plan, but finding the path that works for you. The tips provided by Asha and Christine are not only actionable, but reassuring. Reading this book is liking talking to a friend that understands your challenges and cheers you on.”
Or as I so eloquently said about Minimalist Parenting on twitter:
— Rookie Moms (@rookiemoms) March 27, 2013
If you’re not capable of reading a book right now, no problem. The authors offer “MinCamp” , a free 14-day dose of their philosophies via email. You’ll make progress toward minimalist parenting in about 5 to 15 minutes a day. If you want to do the deep dive, you can buy the book on Amazon in paperback or on kindle (how minimalist!).
This love letter was not sponsored.