Simplicity is necessary
Our minds and lives can become cluttered with things and activities and noise quite easily. And clutter creates a sense of overload. Too many choices creates a fatigue of the mind, body and heart.
While minimalism or simple living is a big deal in social media these days, there is also quite a bit of serious research about the benefits of purposefully living with less. Most of the resources are about and for adults, but the UK began a human development study with babies and mothers in 1946 which continued for five generations! In Helen Pearson's The Life Project she writes about the correlations between flourishing, successful children and quality time with their parents -- those quiet moments each day where parents really listen and respond to their children.
What better way to foster those quiet moments than to read to your children everyday? This month's books are selected to elicit and inspire children to talk about the important things in life with you.
Week of March 1st: Things
Week of March 8th: Self
Week of March 15th: Outside
Week of March 22nd: Traditions
Week of March 29th: Helping
It's a big month of reading, but in the spirit of simplicity I encourage you to choose just one book to share with your children. Read a picture book again and again. Or choose one of the novels to read aloud throughout the month. Less is more.
Take time to read together,
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But, really, VISIT YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY!