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Families face a bewildering array of choices in all things: entertainment, technology, education and even child-rearing philosophies. Parenting experts Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest present a “minimalist” approach to family life to help you pare away the extraneous and leave room for the “remarkable.” They advise putting yourself firmly in charge of making it up as you go along and having as much fun as you can along the way. Their tips and insights, while mostly just common sense, cut through the noise to give you more of what you actually want: quality time with your family. Though the authors teach that you can’t do everything, the book touches on a whole lot of concerns that need simultaneous attention; Koh and Dornfest suggest slow but steady progress. getAbstract recommends their advice to help you achieve a family life with enough time for work and play, with more joy and less struggle. Who doesn’t want that?

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to use the core concepts of “minimalist parenting,”
  • How to manage your time and money, and
  • How to make new school and holiday habits that simplify your life.

About the Authors

Christine Koh is a designer, writer and founder of Boston Mamas. Asha Dornfest founded the blog, ParentHacks.



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Contemporary parents are “wrestling with abundance.” Given too many options, they must become highly selective. Many could find some peace in “minimalist parenting,” which calls for becoming deliberate “curators” of their family’s schedules, ...

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