Parenting Simply: Creating Space

[ 5 ] January 10, 2012 |

The start of a new year carries with it so many possibilities!  I love the notion of a fresh start, or just creating a little more space in the New Year for things that are important to me and to my family.

In 2012, I want to create more space for connection to the people in my life–especially my children.  I thought about the activities that we’ve enjoyed together this past year- painting, simple crafts, baking, playing games- and then I wondered “what would make it easier to connect in these ways?”

It always comes back to space.

This feels like a good time to recommit to holding the space in my weekly schedule for these activities with my children.  Leaving some blocks of unscheduled time each day will give us the opportunity to bake cookies or paint with watercolors or play with trains.  This also feels like the perfect time to look at the physical space in my little house.  As I find a place for each new Christmas gift, I’m also choosing some toys and other items to move out of our living spaces altogether (some to donate, some to store in the basement).

Space is opening up for the activities that we enjoy the most as a family.  The art supplies and paper we need are easily accessible, favorite wintertime stories are at the children’s fingertips, and a few favorite toys and games are stored on low shelves so the girls can share in taking out and cleaning up.

As I look at the rearranged shelves, baskets and drawers I feel lighter.  I continue to remove the things we aren’t using, to create space for what we do want to do together.  Each time I walk past one of the transformed spaces, I am reminded of my goal to create more connection, and that little reminder keeps me grounded when I’m making decisions about how we’ll spend our days, where we’ll go, and what we’ll do.

How about you?  What do you want to create space for in the New Year?

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Allison Abramson

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About Allison Abramson: Allison is a wife and mother to two girls living in rural Connecticut. She writes about her journey through parenthood at www.allisonabramson.com. Her writing and workshops focus on simplicity, living closer to the earth and inviting joy into the every day.

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  1. Erin Goodman says:

    Thank you so much for this gentle reminder, Allison. I enjoy your writing and your ideas so very much.

    ~erin

  2. Marcia says:

    Your entry sounds like a day in my life, complete with trains, water colors and baking.
    I’ve been moving toys around too, seeing what works. I’ve had to realize some younger toys just aren’t being used anymore and had to mentally let go of that stage.I’ve had to add an extra bin for trains and tracks and make room for a new toy kitchen. I can finally leave art supplies out and not thrown in a cupboard way up high. I still need to keep the easy bake oven out of reach (it gets dragged around by the cord). I enjoy reading your postings and seeing your pictures.

  3. Allison Abramson Allison says:

    Thank you for reading, Marcia! It sounds like our children may be around the same age- my oldest is 4. It was hard for me to let go of some of the things from babyhood, too. But I do love the space that opens up for each new stage. The kids keep us moving forward!

  4. RaisingZ says:

    Great article Allison. I worked with my children before the holidays to remove some of the unwanted toys to make room for more but I should go through again. I also need to reevaluate the art supply situation….the closet has become a bit of a hazard 😉 thanks for this!

  5. Allison Abramson Allison says:

    Thanks for writing! One day I realized that we had too many art supplies, and they were actually getting in the way of creativity! I chose to keep the things we actually use each week in our family room, and the rest is stored in bins in our basement. Much better.

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