Week 1: Why Simplify?
We have a powerful parenting opportunity...
By simplifying, we protect the environment for childhood’s slow essential unfolding of self. A protected childhood allows for the slow development of identity, wellbeing and resiliency.
The pace of our daily lives is increasingly misaligned with the pace of childhood.
Our daily lives can become disconnected from the hopes and dreams we hold for our family. The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.
Stress can push children along the behavioural spectrum; when you simplify a child's life on a number of levels, back they come.
Our children come to us with a deep destiny that needs to be honoured.
the values i want to teach my children...
What is most important to us as a family?
Create a list of core values and you may choose to narrow them down to your top three. Write them down in your notebook. Keep them visible if you wish. You can come back to your core values when prioritizing and making decisions.
Imagine when your family is at their best— golden moment. When? What are you doing? Draw a picture, cut out images from magazines or pin images on Pinterest. Songs, mantras, quotes, visual boards, memories act as golden threads that weave themselves through the 'ups and downs' of family life.
Make this activity your own. Simple. Artistic. Whatever. As long as it has meaning to you. You can also wait until the time is right. To give you an example, I've added our song and a vision board I created using Pinterest and Canva.
Of course, we all have our own way of gaining inspiration. Share in the FB group.
This song and the board, speak to some of our values. Adventure, togetherness, nature, relaxing, cuddling.
simplicity change process
IMAGINE how things could be, how you’d like them to be.
DESIGN one small doable change.
FULFILL your change
REVIEW celebrate, review and plan your next move.
imagine your home...
As a place where times moves a little more slowly.
Becoming a little less cluttered and more visually relaxing.
As a place where play and exploration are allowed and honored.
Have more ease as you begin to limit distractions and say no to the stress of too much, too fast, too soon.
As a sense of calm and security take hold.
Becoming a place where those we love know they are loved, because of our attention to appreciation of them.
Why Simplify? Audio from Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting.