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New parent? New to the idea of minimalism?
This book is full of very practical advice. Some of it is really common sense but with so many of us stressed out and in debt we could use a refresher about identifying what our values are and how to start living them.
The good: time management tips for busy families.
The productivity/time management section spans the first quarter of the book and while it isn’t revelatory if you have read a book on this topic, Christine and Asha do a nice job tailoring those skills and techniques to family life and framing them in a way that’s easy to implement.
Clutter is called crap in this book and that easy no-holds-bar tone is another thing I enjoyed. Parents worrying about what others will think if they decide to downsize to one family car from two, or donate half their kids’ toys, will find a reassuring friendly voice in this book.
The bad: this book is a general parenting book.
It is not a manifesto on simplifying your life and turning your back on consumerism.
Everything from play date etiquette to meal planning to negotiating flexible work arrangements are covered. For parents with children past the toddler age much of the advice will be common sense they already have.
For new parents, or those expecting a baby, this common sense could be a good reminder as those days of kids with multiple after-school activities loom.
This book could be a jumping off point for families that are new to the idea of minimalism or it could be a great tool for busy families looking for a bit of breathing room.
Giveaway: just leave a comment below for your chance to win a copy of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less.
Giveaway open to anyone that lives where Amazon ships to. Note: I purchased my own copy of this book and have purchased the giveaway copy. I have not been compensated for this review and giveaway. I will close comments and pick a winner very early on Monday July 15th.