Friday, June 11, 2010

The Simple Life - Redefining Success!

An observation:

Children before the 1960s grew up happily with far less "stuff" then children today.  A few years ago our family inherited a toy box - all the toys a child of 40 years ago would have had would have fit in that ONE BOX!

During a long recession some Americans have begun to embrace frugality as a value once more.  Author Wanda Urbanska, author of several books on simple living, says Americans should define success as financial solvency and happiness not material wealth.

So, in a Love and Logic way, how could bring this idea into your parenting plan?  I thought of a few options:
  • Raise this issue with your children along with the idea of supporting a child through World Vision or giving money to another charity.  Consider having a garage or yard sale (or learning how to sell on eBay) to which everyone contributes "stuff" - agree in advance that 50% of proceeds go the the charity and the other 50% to a family fun event.
  • If your children are a bit older schedule time to watch "Clean House" or "Hoarders" - then talk about decluttering your home.  One idea is that for 3 months... any purchase that comes in the home must be matched with 3 items that leave it.
  • Redefine "success" as a family (or maybe even just as a parent or as a husband and wife)  Write out indicators that have nothing to do with "accumulation"... come up with a list together.  You might include kindness towards one another, financial security, healthy eating and exercise habits, helping others, a clean tidy home,  many friendships, etc.
Got more ideas for me?  Comment on this post or email me.

1 comment:

  1. Although I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet, I've heard that another great book is called Living Simply with Children: A Voluntary Simplicity Guide for Moms, Dads, and Kids Who Want to Reclaim the Bliss of Childhood and the Joy of Parenting by Marie Sherlock.
    Jules D


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