Are we building our families on the four pillars of “too much”: too much stuff, too many choices, too much information, and too fast? I believe that we are. But I also believe that we don’t mean to be. I know it for a fact, and I’ve seen it many times, that parents can bring fresh inspiration and attention to the flow of family life. – Simplicity Parenting, Kim John Payne with Lisa Ross, page XI, Introduction
I think the most well-meaning and loving parents can get caught up in this. This year, as many of my readers know, was a difficult one and has been a real wake-up call to me to cut my life, our family’s life, down to the things and the people that I hold most dear, the people and things that nourish us as a family. It is liberating, it is freeing, it is rejuvenating.
I think many parents actually have an easier time with going through material things and getting rid of and simplifying in that area. However, when it comes to “too many choices, too much information and too fast”, it can be more difficult. It also can mean hard choices. One example of “too many choices”, is in activities. Many of the parents I know whose children are involved in lots of activities are in them simply because it sort of creeps up, for one, and for number two, we are so lucky in these times that we live in that there are many good activities! At least, on the surface it can seem that many of these activities are “good”.
However, if we take a closer look, we see the displacement of the family life that “too many” activities cause, and also that many of the activities actually are “too fast” for the age. I posted this link on The Parenting Passageway Facebook page, but here is a good example by a noted orthopedic surgeon in regards to children in competitive sports: http://www.cleveland.com/dman/index.ssf/2013/02/noted_surgeon_dr_james_andrews.html
“Too much information” can also be difficult. In an effort to not be the Continue reading