Simple Happy Parenting by Denaye Barhona
The couple of weeks after Christmas are some of the most stressful weeks of the year for me as we seem to be tripping over stuff left and right as new things find their homes, and the kids have been cooped up (all of us really) for far too long. As school resumes, and I take some time to sort through our things, discarding old no-longer-needed or loved items, and make space for the new things, life gets better. This time of year I often find myself turning to books on minimalism for moms or slow simple living with a family, and this year is no different. I’ve read Denaye’s blog from time to time and was thrilled to find her book at my library. If you’re feeling like you could use some advice in this vein, I whole heartedly recommend this one.
Denaye is an expert herself, but pairs her knowledge in this bright charming book with that of essays written by other experts in this field (including Erica Lange who is one of my favorite people on the internet and Melissa Coleman who is so gifted at cooking with kids) and the result is a treasure trove of helpful, practical, attainable tips.
“A simple home allows us to focus on connection over content. The space we live in serves as a landing pad: when the outside world gets to be too much, we can always return home for security...So as you go about making your house a home for your children, be mindful that you need a heckuva lot less stuff than you might think. Less toys, less clutter, less furniture. Instead? More presence, more intention, more patience, more you... A place where your children can always come to find comfort and connection.”