Teach your kids that less now can mean more later.
By Hannah Comeaux, M.A, LPC, LMFT
Give your children more of what truly matters in 2019 by giving them less of what doesn’t. In our busy, materialistic world, we often lose focus of what’s important in life. However, many people today are choosing a minimalist lifestyle. The core belief is that if it doesn’t add value, bring you joy or serve a purpose then you don’t really need it. Here are a few examples of how you and your family can gain perspective about the most valuable things in life.
- Kids learn by example. Start by changing your own lifestyle. Be intentional with your time, money and energy. Prioritize your values and decide what changes need to be made.
- Make it a family affair. Get your kids involved by talking about changes and why they are important.
- Give your children the gift of time. Instead of just giving them things, experience new things together to make memories that will last a lifetime.
- Spend less time on TV, gaming and social media. This fosters play that is imaginative, creative and encourages physical activity.
- Communicate with them that cultivating meaningful friendships is much better than having a multitude of followers on a social media account.
If we all stop living the “comparison” game and reprioritize what’s necessary for our health and happiness, we can reconnect to what truly matters and remind ourselves and our kids that although we may lose some things in the process, what we stand to gain is so much more!
Hannah Comeaux is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. Her passion is working with couples and families to restore and cultivate more meaningful relationships.