Posts tagged Kids
Why kids do not need that many toys - do them a favour and minimise!

Growing up, my 2 brothers and I had a few selected toys. I cannot even remember what they were other than my favourite teddy bear, and a bike. I remember riding around the farm, chasing the chickens, sneaking up on the cows, running through the cornfields (and itching like crazy afterwards). We played until it got dark, and woke up the moment the sun peaked out. The days were long but we were never bored. Even when we moved to the city, we still had our bikes. No computers, very limited television. We had ourselves and our imaginations and that was more than enough. Looking at my girls’ toys I wondered what went wrong. When did I forget my childhood and the joy we had? Enough. That was my decision. I wanted them to also experience the satisfaction in creating their own fantasy world, and know within my heart of hearts that it is their toys that are keeping them back. So I started to quietly and sneakily remove toys. These were donated to children’s homes, re-gifted, or simply thrown away in the case of the broken ones. Here and there they have asked for something that is now gone, but after fake-searching for a few minutes they forget about it and find something else to play with. Usually from the kitchen.

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Simplify your life: Make meal planning your next big project, and then part of your weekly routine [free printable]

Meal planning is the art of planning, shopping, prepping and executing your meals as if on automation. It takes the stress out of the planning, and the overwhelm out of feeding your family well. Definitely one of the cornerstones of simplifying your life

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Non-commercial and minimalist Christmas traditions to start with your kids [Christmas series]

Because I have to keep the kids busy and entertained over December (school is closed and because I work from home, I am the designated child-keeper) while building the anticipation for Christmas day, and keeping in the Christmas spirit, I have started a few traditions of my own. They are mostly activity-based, designed to keep the kids busy as well as giving them an incentive to behave. That doesn’t mean we skip some of the traditional traditions, such as going to a Christmas concert or listening to carols, it just means that we have a few extra things to do during December.

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Simplify your life - Natural treatment: Children with asthma - sucking the breath out of your childhood

A1 never gave us even a slight worry that she might have asthma. No niggling cough or wheezing chest. With A2 this was another story. She got chest infections easily. Her coughing never stopped, most days getting so bad that she would vomit. Her chest was graggy and made a faint wheeze when she breathed. She had her first proper attack just shy of 18months. Shortly after another. And another.  We ended up in ER with her with blood oxygen levels of 72 where it is supposed to be 95. After this episode, her paediatrician "diagnosed" her. I say "diagnosed" because before the age of 5 any medical opinion is given solely on the grounds of observation and medical history. After 5, or as soon as the child can follow more complex instructions, a breathing test can be done for a formal diagnosis.

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Simple and minimalistic kids - Why kids do not need toys [why we are throwing most of our kids' toys out]

We have thrown out most of our kids’ toys, and packed away the rest. I couldn’t handle an untidy house anymore and the kids didn’t play with the toys in anyway. Then I came across a research study done recently and it sealed the deal. The study found that kids with fewer toys have longer attention spans, are able to engage in more imaginative and creative play and are also more prone to share with other kids. Mommy win for me!

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