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Raising A Minimalist: 6 Quick Tips On Teaching Kids Minimalism

We all know consumerism is a huge issue in Western Society. Advertisements and the constant pushes to buy more are everywhere, so it of course effects our children and how they think. From commercials to conversations with friends, acquiring more things is encouraged. For us parents who want our kids to want less and live more, I created a list of tips on teaching our children less is really more.

Limit The Amount of “Stuff” They Can Have

Decide as a family a good number of toys, clothes, and other items such as movies or books that will be a cap for the amount in your home. For example, you can say 5 stuffed animals and 10 other toys then maintain that number by donating anytime you choose to add a toy.

Encourage Experiences

Teach your child to value experiences over stuff. This will mostly be learned through role modeling as well as discussion as they get older. A great way too teach this is to go hiking rather than shopping. Only go shopping when necessary and discuss what you will be getting and why with you child.

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Have A No Presents Rule

Let family and friends know your plans for minimalism! You can tell everyone your happy to accept gifted experiences (season passes to a theme park, state park passes, movie gift cards etc.), but will not be accepting any items.

Read About It

Read books with your child(ren) focused on minimalism and the importance of experiences over stuff.

Here are a few of my favorites:

The Giving Tree

Too Many Toys

The Gift of Nothing

Little Bird

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Regular Donations

Designate a few times of year to donate anything no longer being used such as outgrown clothes, toys, or books. A great time is before yearly school shopping, holidays, and birthdays. Let children know when donation days are approaching so they can prepare.

Role Model

The best way to really raise a minimalist is to be a minimalist!

 “It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” —Amelia Barr

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4 Comments on “Raising A Minimalist: 6 Quick Tips On Teaching Kids Minimalism

  1. Ugh, I so struggle with this, and I hate to see my daughter so focused on “stuff” making her happy. Thanks for the tips!

  2. These are great tips! Minimalism is something I’m considering as we raise our daughter – I definitely want to at least limit the things we have in our house.

  3. These are great tips. The first thing I think I need to work on is being a role model. I have waaayyy too much stuff. Wish me luck!

  4. These are great tips! I teach my kids the same. It helps us have a cleaner home and it also teaches my kids to not be so materialistic. Thanks so much for sharing!

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