Consumerism affects our children daily. Parents expect to spend close to $1,000 on Christmas gifts for their children each year, and somehow the average shopper manages to rack up even more than that in holiday debt. We’re teaching our children that they deserve a big Christmas, and that presents come before financial responsibility, while neither are actually true.
How many things do you own? You probably have no idea, unless you’re weird or a minimalist who can actually count them. If getting rid of 5,000 things peaks your interest, you might just be a minimalist in the making. But before we dive into what it means to be a minimalist, let’s talk about what minimalism isn’t.
What do your mornings look like? Do they look more like peaceful time together with your spouse and kids, or more like… chaos? Peaceful mornings are possible, but it takes a little preplanning. Let’s talk about the ideal rituals and routines you can implement with your family. Mornings should be something to look forward to.
If your child wants to get into a good college, intentional test prep is essential. Your kid’s ACT or SAT score will determine which colleges and scholarships are available. It’s best to start preparing for these tests as soon as possible. Let’s talk about the different tests—ACT, ASVAB, PSAT, SAT—and look at the abundance of resources available to help your child study.