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Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest

Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less

3.9 (111 ratings)
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Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest is a practical guide for parents looking to simplify their lives and reduce stress. The authors emphasize the importance of focusing on what matters most and letting go of unnecessary obligations and possessions.

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    Step off the modern parenting treadmill and start following your own values and preferences.

    If you are a parent, you’re familiar with the exhausting modern parenting treadmill of expectations, choices and pressure. Luckily, there is a way to stop the madness!

    Chances are you already have everything you need for a great family life: time, love and probably enough money for basic necessities. The stress and hurdles come from an abundance of choice, stuff, obligations and guilt.

    Choice is wonderful, but the incredible range of choices today, from philosophies to gadgets, is overwhelming.

    Minimalist parenting, however, is not about harsh rules or living like a monk – it’s about giving yourself the permission to reject impossible expectations and so-called ideal ways of parenting. It’s about living a joyful life that fits your personal values, not those of others. Parenting this way makes your kids stronger and allows them to grow.

    Here are a few steps to get started with minimalist parenting:

    Begin with a fresh mindset that challenges the modern parenting demand of “more.” One way to do this is to stop comparing yourself to other parents. Even if their children have more toys, get better grades and do more activities, their style of parenting is still not yours. Everyone has to develop their own unique path.

    To do so, you have to know yourself and your family. Your family might want different things than you do; if you crave adventure and travel but your family doesn’t, you shouldn’t focus everything on traveling the world.

    Next, drop the idea of being perfect. Instead, try to improve bit by bit. Bear in mind that you’re not alone in your struggles and that other parents share the same worries, so talk about your experiences with them.

    Finally, remember that more doesn’t necessarily mean safer or better. Your child’s future isn’t determined by his or her first violin! Real importance lies in being present, minimizing and being happy – with yourself.

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    What is Minimalist Parenting about?

    Minimalist Parenting (2013) presents a new conception of parenting: fewer rules and more listening to your gut. Rather than following the herd’s latest parenting trends, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest present an approach to raising a family that puts your personal and family values at the heart of your life as a parent.

    Minimalist Parenting Review

    Minimalist Parenting (2013) is a practical and insightful guide for parents looking to simplify their lives and find balance in the chaos of raising children. Here's why this book is a good read:

    • Offers actionable strategies to help parents focus on what truly matters, such as setting priorities and simplifying daily routines.
    • Combines personal experiences and expert advice to provide readers with a well-rounded perspective on minimalist parenting.
    • Provides a refreshing approach to parenting that emphasizes the importance of self-care and finding joy in the journey.

    Who should read Minimalist Parenting?

    • Parents of all stripes
    • Moms and dads who are overwhelmed by parenting books
    • Anyone wanting to maintain healthy family relationships

    About the Author

    Dr. Christine Koh is a psychologist specializing in behavioral and cognitive science. Koh writes blog posts and articles on lifestyle and parenting, and is herself an excellent example of how to strike a healthy balance between being both a parent and a professional. Minimalist Parenting is her first bestselling book.

    With over 20 years’ experience as a writer primarily in web publishing, Asha Dornfest now focuses on writing about parenting and maintaining her blog on the subject.

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    The main message of Minimalist Parenting is that less is more when it comes to raising kids, focusing on what truly matters.

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    Is Minimalist Parenting a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Minimalist Parenting is a valuable read for parents who want to simplify their lives. It offers practical advice and insights about prioritizing what's important.

    Who is the author of Minimalist Parenting?

    Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest are the authors of Minimalist Parenting.

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