This week I was lucky enough to be one of listeners on Donna Ashton “Simplicity Parenting” call and it really hit home. It was strange because I had already read Simplicity Parenting but tried unsuccessfully to implement the tools that were given to throughout the book. I am so auditory & visual that the call & slides seemed to get me thinking again about how “I” need to change my thinking & actions to make my children’s life simpler. I have now gone back through the book marked more items I need to work on. (baby steps)
First, I needed to figure out how I could change my weekly errand schedule. My husband travels and a lot of my time is spent dragging the kids here & there (with great protest) to get errands done, grocery shopping etc. I decided when Philip was in town I would take two or three hours each week to do every possible errand I could think of so that I didn’t have to drag the kids out.
Second, step was going through a ton of items in both of our kids room. Being late to Waldorf we had a lot to go through and eventually had a car full for donation. The kids felt really good about donating the items and now spend a lot more time in their rooms.
Lastly, this week instead of going to the park and playing baseball we created our own field in the backyard. Logan & Sophia made bases with pieces of cardboard, we used tempered paint to mark the baselines and I mowed a baseball diamond(I am not a fan of mowing to so it was great only having mow a diamond). The kids loved the entire process and it turned out to be a lot more fun than dragging everyone to the park.
The biggest thing I learned this week was keeping it simply actually is a lot easier than I thought and the kids love it too!!
How are you looking to simplify your family lives? What are some ideas you have implemented that simplified your daily routines?