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Here at Simple Kids, we celebrate an approach to parenting that is intentionally basic. This approach emphasizes experiencing life in a very hands-on way, spending time thoughtfully engaged with our children, and seeking out creativity and enrichment at every turn.
I am so inspired by this community made up of over 1500 parents and caregivers – a community which spans the globe from North America to Europe to Australia and all manner of places in between. We have gathered here with a common goal: to embrace the joy of uncomplicated parenting.
For some of us, there is tremendous support for this approach to parenting in your family, friend circles, and communities. For others, this simple, slowed-down approach can be a little isolating. The choices your family makes may be profoundly different from the choices of families around you, and sometimes you might feel quite alone in your parenting journey.
Let’s take a minute to come together today to share and celebrate what makes your family unique! The purpose here is not to pass judgment in any way on the choices of others, but rather to encourage and inspire each other with a peek at what uncomplicated, joy-filled, creative, and mindful living looks like in your home.
I’ll get us started. In our family:
- jumping on the bed is allowed and perhaps even encouraged!
- we don’t own a gaming system – and sometimes feel as though we are the only family on the planet who doesn’t have a Wii.
- our four and a half year old isn’t enrolled in any lessons, nor does she participate in any organized sports. We will probably pursue these activities in the future, but for now, we are content to allow her free time to be happily unstructured.
- there is a bin of markers, crayons, glue, and scissors on the kitchen table at all times. You never know when creativity will strike!
- whether indoors or outside, mess-making is okay. Learning can be messy, and teaching our children how to help clean-up messes equips them with responsibility and thoughtfulness.
A simple approach to family life will look different for everyone based on what works best in your family. Even in a community of like-minded parents, there are going to be differences, but I think we’ll be surprised by what we have in common!
Okay, now it’s your turn! What does your family do or not do, read, eat, listen to, allow, and encourage that makes your family unique?