When I first got into non-fiction, I remember reading several self-help books and articles that claimed to add time to your life… literally to every day of your life. How? In a roundabout way, they would tell you to stop watching TV.
Have you ever learned something and thought, “the rest of the world probably knew this for most of their lives, and I was today-years-old when I figured out about it?” We all have. Because there’s a lot to learn. Some big things are going to slip through the cracks.
Minimalism isn’t as much a state of being as it is a goal, but really, it’s a mindset most of all. Minimalism is the opposite of consumerism. It’s intentional ownership. You’ll find that most families who lean towards minimalism are slowly downsizing their life — removing the unimportant to make room for the important.
I see headlines on blogs all the time like, “giving your kid an allowance is the worst thing you can do.” I’ve also seen headlines promoting the opposite. I’ve seen things like, “stop paying your kids for chores,” as well. And I’ve read all of them. They all have something in common.
I grew up in the “we don’t talk about money” generation. Actually, it seems like that’s been every generation. My parents didn’t talk about money, but their parents really didn’t talk about money. Somewhere along the way it became the norm to keep kids in the dark about the family finances.
For decades, debt has been a way of life for Americans. Gone are the days when a mortgage was the only sizable debt someone would take on in their life. Today, it’s not uncommon to see a car payment the size of a house payment from the ’90s.