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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Parenting Simply:  Welcome Little Helpers

Parenting Simply: Welcome Little Helpers

[ 2 ] March 8, 2012 |

My daughters are two and four, and even at these young ages I see how much they welcome some responsibility around the house, and how proud they are when they can accomplish “grown up” tasks. Household chores provide a wonderful way for little ones to learn and practice new skills. Parents may also find that they come to appreciate the task in a new way, as you start to view it as a learning tool.

In my home, I’ve noticed how much smoother mealtimes are when I invite the children to help with some preparation and some clean up afterward. In the morning, as I put their breakfasts on the table, I fill the sink with warm soapy water and set up a sturdy stool.

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Parenting Simply:  Love and Gratitude

Parenting Simply: Love and Gratitude

[ 3 ] February 13, 2012 |

In the busy-ness of life, we often move, move, move forward without noticing the time or the space or the feelings that we’re moving through. But what happens when we stand still? When we relax for a moment, and breathe, and notice what is happening around us while we stand still? Everything changes.

One simple ritual that helps me is pausing in my day to express gratitude. It can be as easy as pausing while I’m washing the dishes to look out the window and feel gratitude for the sky and the trees. I breathe deeply, feel gratitude and then return to my chore. But I am calmer and happier as I finish those dishes.

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Parenting Simply:  Creating Space

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.

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Parenting Simply: Pinecone Soup

Parenting Simply: Pinecone Soup

[ 2 ] December 7, 2011 |

Sometimes as parents, we are granted wonderful moments of true clarity. For me, one such moment came after an afternoon walk with my daughters. Our walk led to the discovery of an abundant supply of tiny pinecones at the end of our street, which immediately needed to be gathered, stowed in the back of a tricycle, and brought home to make pinecone soup. With nothing else on my calendar, no where else to be but right here, I carried pinecones and tiny dishes and sat down to share in the meal. It was delicious…

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Parenting Simply: Rhythm

Parenting Simply: Rhythm

[ 4 ] November 7, 2011 |

Today I welcome Allison Abramson as a new contributing write to Kidoinfo. A certified Simplicity Parenting© Group Leader, Allison is helping Rhode Island families slow down, and make space for the simple joys of childhood. In her monthly column, Allison will share ways we can reduce the chaos in our daily lives by making small, do-able changes at home that will strengthen family connections and create more time for fun! She lives in Providence with her husband and two little girls, where she blogs about their journey toward a Peaceful Life.

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