This is Part 1 in a two part series on Minimalist Parenting.
Don’t you think there’s a lot of pressure on parents today?
I mean, for goodness sake…
Read to your children.
Sing to your unborn children.
Prepare healthy, nutritious, range free, sustainable, renewable, organic, local meals.
Organize your home.
Let the dishes go, because for goodness sake your children are growing up fast and you’re missing it, because you’re dawdling in your organic, sustainable home garden that’s producing enough food to care for the needs in your neighborhood.
Play with your children.
Take care of your own health, you’re looking soft – Run a marathon or swim to Europe or something.
Be a model of physical fitness for your child.
Get a bike, put your kids in a cart, and ride cross-country with them.
Buy your child a helmet and make him wear it even if he throws a temper tantrum. Do not, under any conditions tolerate tempter tantrums. Just ignore him, he’ll outgrow it. You’re not playing Tonka trucks enough with your son or else he wouldn’t be throwing tempter tantrums.
Read more. Aloud. Together.
Sports. That’s the way to teach teamwork and get good exercise.
Life isn’t just about you and your house, get involved in this world. Show your kids how to love other people.
Play, read, repeat.
Oh, and don’t forget about that garden. It’s time to can, jelly, freeze, and dry the fruit of your labor.
How about you DIY your kitchen after that canning is done. It could absolutely use a remodel. I think you would cook healthier meals if your kitchen was DIY’d.
Stay in your budget.
Play board games.
Do homework. Enter every science fair. Volunteer. Bake cupcakes without sugar or gluten, but make them look cute enough to be pinnable. Bring them to school.
Don’t bring them school.
They want veggie platters created from the fruit of your garden and those veggies cannot resemble regular vegetables. Make them look like cute edible bugs, or spaceships, or better yet, make them look like books.
You know, you really should work outside the home. Your lacking social skills and a paycheck.
Don’t work outside the home. Stay home with your little spawn of the devil who is dripping milk from the corner of his mouth for as long as possible.
That will solve all your problems and you’ll have to time to read aloud and play with your children.
What ever happened to the days when just keeping your child alive until he turned eighteen was enough?
If you’re a parent who feels overwhelmed, join me tomorrow for a book review of Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest.
Can you identify with anything in this list?
As a parent, what pressures are you feeling from society, your friends and family, or other parents?