Category: Less is More

Don’t get any toys

Having read this article on the connection between business and the mommy wars, I’ve been thinking about how so many posts on parent blogs are geared towards getting people to BUY stuff. I’m therefore starting a little series called “Don’t get…” offering a light-hearted look at some of the things new parents perhaps don’t need quite so badly. One of my most persistent Christmas memories is going through the Obletter Christmas catalogue. For those who didn’t…

Don’t get a wrap

Having read this article on the connection between business and the mommy wars, I’ve been thinking about how so many posts on parent blogs are geared towards getting people to BUY stuff. I’m therefore starting a little series called “Don’t get…” offering a light-hearted look at some of the things new parents perhaps don’t need quite so badly New parents are suckers for marketing. We buy into everything: hypnobirthing? Yes, of course I’ll have a completely…

Don’t get a crib

Having read this article on the connection between business and the mommy wars, I’ve been thinking about how so many posts on parent blogs are geared towards getting people to BUY stuff. I’m therefore starting a little series called “Don’t get…” offering a light-hearted look at some of the things new parents perhaps don’t need quite so badly. So you’re pregnant. Hormones come, hormones go and one morning you wake up and decided you simply have…

Confession: we don’t have any electronic toys

Way before baby boy was born I banned electronic toys. I decided that we would live without the jingling sounds of digital pianos, singing key rings and speaking teddies. Family and friends were informed as politely as possible in an attempt to prevent any “inappropriate” gifts from entering the house. My close friends just laughed: “It’s inevitable!” they said. “There’s nothing you can do! Your house will be taken over…

The minimalist dilemma: where do you draw the line?

May was not a minimalist month in our home. After searching for a bigger and better apartment for six months of we finally made the decision to stay put. The next step was getting our very tight space ready for life with the baby. As we had done virtually nothing to our home during the apartment hunt, there was a lot to do: in addition to accommodating the baby’s things,…

What baby really needs

I’ve had a frustrating week. On Monday the painters came to paint our tiny home. They had agreed to start and finish one room at a time but made the impromptu decision to turn the whole apartment upside down – at one point it seemed that every room was full of stuff that had originally come from the one next door. On Tuesday my laptop died, taking numerous half-finished translation…