Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest

Disclosure: I have received the book Minimalist Parenting to facilitate my review.  All opinions are 100% my own. 

The new must-read book of the year is Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest. Asha Dornfest and Christine Koh, both founders of popular blogs/sites Parent Hacks and Boston Mamas, respectively. As moms, Dornfest and Koh have found the areas in our lives that are overwhelming and stressful and provide advice on how to streamline our lives and focus on the priorities.

Minimalist Parenting is the antithesis to the Tiger Mom or the perfect Pinterest mom. Minimalist Parenting talks to us about how to cut out the riffraff from our lives and focus more on your own family’s values and priorities. Dornfest and Koh back up their claims by citing examples from their own minimalist family lives. They are busy moms themselves (business owners, bloggers, moms, wives etc…), who practice what they preach so we can learn a thing or two from them.

As I was reading through Minimalist Parenting, I realized that I can downsize my crazy family life without making sacrifices. The greatest thing that I gained was figuring out what I can cut out from my life and my family’s life that was not helping or benefiting us. If you really stop and think, there are so many things that we do that are a waste of time or space and just don’t need to be done. No matter what type of parenting style you follow, the book has tips and ideas for everyone. Minimalist Parenting covers topics from meal planning to finance, to school planning and it even has a list of useful organization apps…some that I all ready use and love Evernote and Cozi.

While Minimalist Parenting may not necessarily be for new parents who are just trying to figure out life with a newborn, it is a great book for parents of multiples or busy/overwhelmed parents.