As the calendar turned to the new year, I realized that there were some things about simple living I needed to recommit myself to, including living for the “small” moments and being dedicated to giving my children as uncomplicated of a childhood as I can (there will always be complications in life, of course, and bad things happen but I will strive to focus on the joys of childhood).
Some recent events and the results of the reader survey confirmed to me that I was on the right track in thinking smaller and simpler – in my offline life and here at the SK blog.
If you haven’t been to the blog for a little while (I know many of you read the SK posts in a reader) then your visit today might reveal a few changes. Most of the changes I suspect won’t make much of a difference except to me, but those of you who have been reading Simple Kids for a while might notice a few things are missing and there are a few things that are new. I’ll be making some more changes here and there as I refine my vision for the online home I have here.
Change can be a very good thing.
Getting back to the basics and the simple joys of childhood.
As I said in January, it is time to ask some questions and get back to basics. I’ll be sharing much of that journey here in this space in the coming year. So much has changed in my personal life since I took over at editor here at SimpleKids.net. Our family size has changed, the children have gotten older, our circumstances and calendar look much different than they did even just a few years ago.
Perhaps a few of you are feeling the same way? Like, despite your best intentions, life got a little complicated? Let’s take this journey together, refreshing our simple living goals and re-kindling our desire for an uncomplicated childhood for our kids.
Have you glanced at the rows and rows of titles in the parenting section in your local bookstore or library lately? Turned on the television to view a panel of experts debating the latest theories on ways to create a “perfect” childhood? Walked down the aisles at the toy store and been overwhelmed by all of the choices, products, and systems?
Do you ever stop and wonder are we making this harder than it has to be?
It seems, at times, like play and childhood are becoming obsolete. In such a hurry-up world we can forget that life doesn’t have to be so fast-paced and play doesn’t require batteries or the endorsement of a television character.
We don’t need the newest baby gadget or the latest handheld gaming device to offer our kids a happy childhood. Childhood should not be battery operated and kids shouldn’t have to worry about their play or their toys becoming “obsolete” and constantly upgraded by the next model.
My mission for SimpleKids.net
My mission at Simple Kids is to invite parents to slow down and reconnect with the fundamentals of parenting. It is time to get back to basics and make childhood simple again. It is time to have more fun!
Beyond that, I want to counter the mainstream message that parents must offer their children the endless option for “more” and that they aren’t enough.
I told readers on Facebook recently that if I could gently remind you of anything, it would be this: you ARE enough. Right now, just as you are. We are each unique in our circumstances. Our children are unique. We’re each doing the best we can. Who you are, the parent you are today, that is enough. We each have our own gifts, our children their own needs.
Love your babies, be gentle on yourselves, recognize just how amazing it all really is.
One person’s “simple” might very well be another person’s “complicated.” The choices that simplify someone else’s life and bring them joy might not be a good fit for your own life. There is not a set “simple living standard” of parenting here.
Whatever simplifies YOUR life, friends, that is what you should strive toward. You don’t have to copy someone else’s definition of what a “simple life” is if their parameters don’t fit your family – and that includes the ideas here at SimpleKids.net.
I hope I can inspire you to find your own path to simplicity and encourage you to take what works best for you and let the rest go, with no guilt.
Here’s to getting back to the basics and the simple joys of childhood!