How to Break Up with Your Phone (part 1)

book review screens May 15, 2019

 

When I saw this book sitting at the store, it called my name and I knew it would be my next read. It also came at the perfect time during our Foundations online coaching course. We are spending time during this module exploring how screen time affects our ability to be present as parents and also how it affects our parenting itself (increase in fears, doubts, and insecurities). There was no better time to consider "breaking up with my phone" than now.

I plan to read a couple chapters a week and post about the read here on the blog. Please grab a copy  and join me as we read the book and create some positive changes in our relationship with our phone and mobile devices. 

This first week we will read the "Open Letter to my Phone" and the Introduction chapter. 

The author, Catherine Price, is passionate about "using [her] background as a science journalist to help people question their assumptions and make positive changes in their lives—particularly...

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Media Free March

Uncategorized Feb 20, 2019

We have had a winter of illness in my house. First, dear daughter had a planned surgery that resulted in a month in a wheelchair and many, many weeks of limited activity. Then I had the flu. Then my children had strep. Then my children had the flu. 

As a single mom who works from home mom, this meant that my usual low-media children were watching loads of movies. Loads. Like several a day. Now that we are coming out of all this sickness, I see there is a problem. My children have forgotten how to have downtime! They have forgotten what a gift boredom can be! The instant they have "nothing to do," they are asking to watch something.

Ugh. I worked so hard to limit media and avoided it completely when they were young. They are now 9 and 13 and our once-weekly family movie time has turned into daily pleas of "Let us watch something! We are bored." 

It's time for a reset. 

Media Free March, here we come.
Yes, I made that up but it does sound catchy. 

I have alerted my...

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Physical fever & soul fever

rhythm soul fever Jan 30, 2019

I'm sure you've experienced this: You have all your normal plans and commitments in place and you wake up at 6am to discover your child has a fever and you to have to scramble to reorganize your day and figure out what to do so you can remain home with your sick child.

It's happened to all of us. Sickness is a part of life.

I want you to take a minute a reflect on how life changes when your child is sick. How do your daily rhythms and expectations change? Do you still go to those business meetings or that play date? How do you treat your child? Do you push them to rush through their day or give them space to rest and relax? What kinds of food do you prepare and feed your child? Is the mood of the home energetic or calm?

 

We got to practice this in real time this week as the flu made its way through our house. First, before I go any further, I want to say I am grateful to be privileged enough that when my children are sick I can stay home from work and be with them....

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Anchors in the storm

Uncategorized Jan 19, 2019

I posted on social media last week about "anchors" in our rhythms as a family and how they can hold us together. 

What is an anchor? An anchor grounds us to a place we have intentionally chosen; it keeps us there despite how calm or rough the sea may be. Sure, we may bounce around but we stay in our general location.

"Anchors" in our rhythm are things we do consistently, at an expected time, that we come to rely on. The beauty in these is their simplicity. Anchors may be a morning walk before homeschooling or always greeting your children with muffins and tea at the bus stop. Or having read aloud after rest time. Perhaps you say a blessing before your meal and light a candle. It could be Saturday morning pancakes. It could be a bath and foot massage just before bed. Or special celebrations and meals for the change of the seasons. 

These consistent happenings in our daily, weekly, and seasonal rhythms are powerful. They foster a deep connection between us as...

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Why?

Uncategorized Jan 08, 2019

 

As we enter this new year, I am spending time thinking about where I have been and where I want to go. 

And why. 

I shared via a newsletter (you're not in on that? take care of that here) last week that my word for the year is intentional.

I like to pick a word to focus on for the year and let it inform the many areas of my life--both the large and the small: my relationships, daily habits, choices we make as a family about our time and money, etc, etc.

Intentional. 

So what is my intention with putting so much energy into this space at Supporting Simplicity Parenting? Why am I doing this?

I thought it was worth answering. Both for myself and for you.

A decade ago, I followed a spark in my heart and opened a school in my backyard. The school quickly became my third child and another guru in in my life. The children, the families, and the experience of holding a community has taught me more than I am sure I have taught them.

As I was getting my feet wet in this...

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