Experiences Outweigh Things

Experiences outweigh things

My son’s birthday is coming up and as I have been thinking and reading more about minimalism this year I have come to the conclusion that experiences are more valuable than things. New toys are exciting at first and then they end up discarded into the pile of toys that have lost their “newness”. Stuff does not satisfy. It leaves you wanting more stuff. So in the spirit of minimalism I am not banning gifts, but trying to consider them more carefully. What are his interests and talents? What can I give him the opportunity to explore? For this son I think art tops the list. He has always been a detail oriented, artistic child. So I think for his birthday we will give him plenty of paints, small canvases and brushes. Maybe a trip to the museum to see some great works of art for inspiration. And the final part of my gift is a promise I will make to my type A self to not try to control the mess around his painting. To be patient and gentle as he learns, even if it means more cleaning up afterwards. This last part is probably the hardest part for me. But I WILL bite my tongue if he spills. People are more important than clean houses. Experiences are more important than things. Children can only learn this by example and through experience.

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