I’ve never really been a “Keeping up with the Joneses” kind of girl. I guess that’s just how I was raised.
Sure I wanted the Barbie Dream House as a kid. Or to own a pair of Gap jeans and high top Reeboks. But, much to my dismay, my mom was smart enough to say “no”. There were more important things to spend that money on.
Now, as a mom, my oldest (who’s only 3!) is starting to want things. Everything he sees he just has to have. And just like my mother, I’m trying to be smart enough to say “no”. But it’s hard when we live in such a materialistic society.
Call me crazy, but I miss the days of not being able to be reached at any given moment of the day. There were always kids playing at the playground. And everyone sat at the dinner table together and ate a home cooked meal. With no TV on in the background. Just the sounds of a family sharing the day’s events.
OK, I know what you’re thinking. Welcome to the 21st century, Mrs. Cleaver! I get it. It’s a fast paced, digital world these days. But that doesn’t mean I have to join in the race. And I certainly don’t have to push my children into that world. At least not yet.
So for now my husband and I are trying to take a step back. We (well, maybe more “me” than “we”) recently started cloth diapering. We try to buy our produce from local farm markets so we can make homemade meals. We compost our food scraps. We canceled our cable and try to limit video time.
In short, we are trying to make life simple again.