Simple Families offers solutions for living well with children. In this show, we focus on minimalism with kids, positive parenting, family wellness and decreasing the mental load. As a Mama with a doctorate in Child Development, Denaye’s perspectives are grounded in research, but more importantly real life.
Get Good with Money
For the longest time, I was a budget-resister. As a minimalist, I don't buy a lot of stuff so I didn't think I needed a budget. But I was wrong--moving towards a consistent, air-tight budget has been one of the most intentional changes that we have made in our family. Today I'm chatting with author and financial educator Tiffany Aliche, also known as The Budgetnista. She's sharing her tips and resources to 'Get Good with Money'.
New Book (for Grown Ups): Get Good with Money
Kid's Book: Happy Birthday Mali Moore
More Resources: GetGoodwithMoney.com
"It's just too much."
My daughter, who is newly 5, said this to me for the first time this week. She asked me to come clean up her room with her and when I walked in she sighed and said, “it’s just too much”. We don’t have a lot of toys, but she manages to accumulate stuff. Although this was the first time she has put this into words, her behavior has been telling me this her entire life.
Rarely will our kids be able to verbalize their overwhelm with stuff. More often, they will speak with their behavior. They will be able to feel the overwhelm, but they won’t be able to articulate or comprehend the solution. Which means we have to steer the ship.
Too Many Toys
How to Use a Reward Chart
If you've been around the podcast for sometime, you will be happy to hear I'm bringing back the "Journey to Simplicity" series. In this series I chat with both friends and members of the Simple Families Community. We talk about what a simpler, lighter life looks like--and spoiler alert! It's always imperfect and a work-in-progress.
Find Jillian on Instagram // Link from Jillian to learn more about TM
Simple Families episodes on alcohol:
* Episode 128 (Thinking about giving it up)* Episode 141 (New Year's Resolution to give it up)* Episode 184 (Reflections a year later)
Sometimes the road to self-improvement can also lead us toward self-doubt. Things that we previously thought we were doing okay on, we suddenly start to think we aren't doing well enough. This especially happens in parenting. I hear from parents all the time that they want to "say the right thing"--but there is no clear wrong and right when it comes to parenting. You are doing better than you know.
Saying ‘no’ can feel hard—especially to people we love. But if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, you might benefit from saying no more often. We have to take ownership over how we spend our time, money, and energy.
If we don’t, we will end up burned out, exhausted, and broke.
We are nearly one-year into a global pandemic, therefore I’d say we are far overdue in talking about therapy. Therapy: Who needs it? How do you get started? Maybe you are interested in exploring therapy but you have decision fatigue—there are far too many options and you don’t even know where to begin. Today I’m going to try to simplify some of that for you.
Resource for finding mental health support ASAP.