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Teens and toddlers both get a bad rap because they are seasons of development when control-based parenting fails (The nerve of those dastardly developing brains for having thoughts and feelings of their own!). But on the gentle parenting path, I have loved both! Teens are awesome! Your relationship will thrive through this season if you honor both the space and support that they show you they need. In this post, I mean literally.

Tweens are moving away from the toy sets and floor play of early childhood and into longer-term projects and table work, but they still thrive in a soft, simplified sanctuary. They are taking greater ownership of and spending more time in their space, while still relishing and resting in the love you infuse into the room.

Setting up a calm and restful sanctuary that supports your child’s needs is one of the most powerfully effective points of minimalism in a family. I cannot emphasize enough what a profound difference it makes for a child when they have a space where they feel soothed (protected from any powerlessness or chaos in the broader home environment) and competent (able to be successful in meeting their own needs).

This is episode 45 and today I’m here with Diane Boden talking about sentimentality.

It’s bittersweet when our babies get bigger. But I have to admit, part of the “sweet” for me is in updating their wardrobes. As a minimalist family, it can be a fun opportunity to connect and collaborate together as we curate a simple closet that serves their personality and needs so well.

This is episode 23 and today I’m here with Zoë Kim talking about wardrobes.

Want to improve your child’s emotional regulation and independence while reducing the amount of daily energy required of you? Simplify your kid’s closet!

These 4 steps can drastically reduce the crushing overwhelm you might be experiencing from carrying the weight of the mental load: delegate, calendar, list, and automate.

This is episode 15 and today I’m here with my friend Leah McDermott talking about screens.

This is episode 14 and today I’m here with Denaye Barahona Ph.D. talking about minimalism.

How to purge, scan, and organize keepsakes to simplify the sentimental.

Today I’m here with my friend Nicolette Sowder talking about nature.