You Say Goodbye…
January 2, 2008
For a long time now I have felt very uninspired to write on my other blog. It had become something of a chore that I had ignored and then felt guilty about. I found that giving any sort of advice is difficult. My personal parenting motto is: Whatever works. In real life I generally deflect the questions that people ask me by asking them questions.
People usually have the answers they are looking for, they just want validation. It is with that in mind that I usually remind people that they are the expert on their own child.
Want to let your child cry it out? Go ahead. Want to co-sleep until your child leaves for college? Okay. Want to breastfeed that baby? Go for it! Don’t want to breastfeed? Go buy some bottles, just not plastic ones!
I think if more of us followed our instincts with our own children, instead of relying on “experts” to tell us what we should do, we would all be a lot happier.
There are plenty of other places to go and get advice. Parent Hacks comes to mind. And I will still be blogging over at Ordering Disorder, but the tips and tricks I post over there will not be heavy topics. More like tips to get your kids to put away their snow boots so they aren’t left in the middle of the room forming a huge puddle that you will walk through hours later in your socks. The tip? Staple the boots to their feet so that they can never take them off! Oh I kid. That is just my fantasy world sneaking into my reality.
In reality I just make them play outside completely naked. Yes, it cuts down on the time they spend outdoors. But I am willing to pay that price to not have a huge pile of wet stuff to dry everyday.
And so I decided to shut the blog down.
In its place is a new blog, A Year Off. (Right now it is still under construction and exists simply a redirect to the old blog.)
It is about our family’s New Year resolution. We are taking a year off from spending money. Obviously we still have to buy things like food, toilet paper, heating oil.
But for an entire year there will be no impulse Target buying, no new shoes for people who have feet that are no longer growing, no new t-shirts, pants, sweaters… nothing that we don’t need.
For us this isn’t an exercise in saving money, though my husband may disagree with me here.
Nor is it an effort to live a more green life, though that is also a nice benefit.
For me it is an effort to lessen the amount of stuff that comes into our house. To take a step outside of the mindless consumerism for a time and assess the real differences between what we want and what we really need. I suspect that it will be an ongoing process of negotiations, both internally and within the family. What do we really need ?
I am going to also be blogging about all the stuff we would have bought, keep a running total of how much it would have cost, and whether we regret not purchasing anything.
I am already being tested. I broke my Ctrl key off of my computer this morning while I was cleaning it. I can not get it to snap back on no matter how hard I
punch gently push it.
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