Minimalism with Kids is possible without making your Kids feel deprived. There are some easy ways which you can use to bring the change slowly and effectively.
You would ask “Why shall I convince my family and kids to follow Minimalism?”. Because you don’t want your Kids to focus on stuff but on experiences. Because you want them to enjoy nature more than screens and shopping. Because you want them to value people rather than things.
But it’s not as easy as it sounds like . Even if we are a family, our aspirations are different, our habits are different. Basically, everything is different as we are individual beings with our unique set of tastes.
Here’s a good thing- The earlier you begin the easier it is to introduce Minimalism to your Kids.
How and where to begin when you want to follow Minimalism with Kids
1. Spend time outdoors as a family
Take Kids out in the park or garden everyday even if it is only 15-20 mins on some days. Go for a walk or run together, do cycling, play with them or just breathe fresh air. Options are endless.
Check out- How to raise Kids as nature lovers
2. Weekend Getaways
Prefer taking family for a picnic or nature walks or to a out of city resort rather than mall or movie or gaming arenas. You can make these occasional rather than a weekend scene.
3. Buy Less Toys
Before you think that buying them less toys is depriving them, let me tell you it is not. I am not the one who is saying, studies have proved this fact. Once they grow up, it doesn’t matter how much toys did they have but “How you spend time as a family” will matter.
Kids already having so many toys? Check out- How to reduce toy clutter
4. Introduce them to 3Rs
Introduce them to the concept of reduce reuse and recycle. How?
- Repair the things when broken rather then throwing them out.
- Show them how you can reuse things smartly.
- Tell them the proper ways to recycle stuff.
Check out- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
5. Product cycle
Make your Kids understand the product cycle by giving examples of the things they use. This way it will be easier for them to understand. How?
How much resources were used to make a product?
How the product they use, impact environment. This will help them to be more Eco-conscious.
6. Declutter as a family
Make decluttering a habit as a family. Tell them to take out the things, clothes, toys or books which they don’t want to use anymore.Tell them that you will be donating them to the one who needs it.
Check out: How to involve Kids in decluttering
7. Share the real-world matters
Water chaos, food shortage, landfills, glacier melting. Talk to them regarding the issues world is facing. Don’t under-estimate them thinking they won’t understand because they really do.
8. Food source
- Tell them about the food cycle.
- Where does their food comes from?
- Who grows the food?
- What goes into growing the food?
- Who raises the cattle and why?
- Problem faced by farmers
This helps them to appreciate their meals and community, more.
9. Make ‘give back” a habit
There are so many things that nature gifts us with and we should return a favor. Relate it to their birthday parties just like people bring presents and we give return gifts. Ask them how do they want to contribute to the environment. Don’t be surprised when they come up with a great idea.
10. Simple celebrations
Kids feel more happy when they are surrounded by few but their favorite people. Make celebrations small and simple when it comes to their party. Take them out to their favorite place. Give them new experiences to cherish rather than throwing a big party where they don’t feel special.
Check out- How to celebrate simple
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