Today I'm writing about something that is personally dear to my heart- expressing another point of view and maybe even a new idea for you to consider. I am in no way saying that my ideas, beliefs or personal choices in parenting are superior to yours- I love hearing other views on this topic and encourage you to leave your thoughts down below! In living a minimalistic lifestyle as well as any other there are pros and cons- for me, I'm a firm believer in research and prayer before any decision is made. With that being said I'm expressing why my family has chosen to live a minimal lifestyle and I'm thrilled to sharing a few tips if you're interested in doing the same.
From a young age I discovered the difference between "needs and wants" very early on. When we would go shopping I would only be interested in finding universal pieces that worked with almost everything I already owned. I've never had a bunch of clothes, just because I don't like the stress of obsessing for hours on what to wear. I actually have a capsule wardrobe and only go shopping a maximum of two times a year, and that's only if I need something. When I was pregnant, I spent HOURS going over the "baby must haves" list being discouraged that a lot of the items were so unnecessary. I didn't want 1,000 baby gadgets nor did I want my son to have a mountain of toys. I believe in finding what works and sticking to it. I'm thrifty, but If I come across something that I need and will be of great value to my family, I have no problem in making that an investment piece for us. Motherhood isn't going from one item to the next to band aid the struggles you may have with your child, nor is it gifting them with toy after toy when they already have plenty. There are a few life lessons that are important to me as a mom to teach my son that I want him to grow up with that living a minimal life can teach him...
- Understanding Limits: I want Isaiah to know that at some point you have "enough", teaching him to recognize when he has essentially fulfilled a need in his life when it comes to material objects.
- Giving Is Better Than Receiving: As a christian, giving is a big part of our faith and belief system. Our Lord was a giving person with his time here on earth and poured out a life in service to others. I want my son to think of giving before of getting in his own day to day situations.
- Collect Memories, Not Objects: Collect the things that will matter in years to come. Eventually objects go out of style, break, and stop working. Memories can last a lifetime, the best part? It's priceless. True happiness is not found in the latest toy. We want his happiness to be in Jesus and with that being his confidence.
- Gratefulness: If and when we decide to do something special I not only want it to be appreciated but for him to be grateful. Christmas is a great example of this. Last year my son got a few things but we mainly focused on speaking positive things into one another as a family with sharing what we were grateful for in each person- including him as the new baby in the family!
With these values holding true in his heart, it brings a smile to my face that this little boy is going to know things that some adults haven't even grasped yet in having a heart full of contentment and full of confidence that his needs are supplied.
What is your take on this subject? Share with me your thoughts below!