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Podcast 045 | Parenting

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua answers questions about parenting as a minimalist, including:

  • How do you minimize the accoutrements that seem requisite when you have young children?
  • How do you initiate a minimalist lifestyle with family members, and how do you maintain and measure the results of such a lifestyle?
  • How do you help children adopt and maintain minimalist practices on their own?
  • What are the best gifts for children?
  • How do I let go of sentimental items?
  • Should I hold onto my children’s items for future children I may or may not have?
  • When co-parenting, how do I explain to the children how to reconcile the different values and beliefs of each household?



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Minimal Maxims

Joshua’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on minimizing children’s possessions: “Before we let go, we should first understand the benefits.”
  • Joshua on minimalist travel with children: “When traveling, limit yourself to what fits in only one bag. Sometimes limitations are freeing—they force you to select only the essentials.”
  • Joshua on explaining to your children about the preciousness of time: “Rob Bell says, ‘You are always teaching your kids. And sometimes you use words.’”
  • Joshua on explaining to children the relationship of possessions to social status: “You don’t have to try to be better than anyone to be a better human being.”
  • Joshua on nighttime sleep routines for children: “Have as few things in the routine as possible. Keep it simple: hygiene and reading are plenty.”

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