How Minimalism Can Make Us Better Parents

Less is more. More time for our children.

Adelina Vasile
7 min readFeb 12, 2022


Hand drawing of a family of four, dad holding hands with son, mom holding hands with daughter.
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Love needs and takes time.

How can we find more time to show our children how much we love them? By owning less stuff, worrying about fewer things, picking fewer battles.

A minimalist mindset doesn't just help with eliminating useless things. It makes room for the things that matter. It brings clarity to those things.

When what matters is buried in stuff we don't need, it's no wonder we can't see it anymore.

Less stuff equals more time

We all need more time.

Time to spend with our children and partner to create memories and instill values that are worth more than anything.

Also, we all kind of suck at this.

I know I do.

Here's a picture of what we call the black hole in our home. We have two of these—one in the house and another at the back of the yard.

What matters, overwhelmed by clutter. Photo by Adelina

Sometime last year, I wrote about how I'm keeping afloat with the toys I have never bought.

As it turns out, now and then, I sink.

But I'm doing my best to come back to the surface. This black hole you see above has been through worse. It's looking pretty well right now, considering I can spot the child.

So, I've been thinking a lot about minimalism lately.

The more I think about it, the more obvious it is that adopting this mindset would make me a better parent.

Minimalism is a mindset

Minimalism reminds you that options may be unlimited, but your capacity isn't.

This mindset is about eliminating everything that is not essential. To embrace it…



Adelina Vasile

Mother, educator, journalist, copywriter. I write about the things I need to learn myself. Check my Substack here >>