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A Tale of Two Families

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My study of the simplicity movement started in 1998 when I was teaching full-time and wanted to be home. Out of my study has evolved a lot of other interests regarding simplicity such as:

I find these topics fascinating. Out of this extensive reading came some significant changes in our own lives which this entire website is a testament to whether it has to do with homeschooling, parenting, or cozy living.

That being said, David knew I would be very interested in this article when he saw it in the paper today. In our paper, it was called “Overextended Families” with the subhead: “The Modern American Household: Strained, In Motion, Child-Dominated, Losing Touch.” The copy I found online on MSNBC is called Strained Life of the Non-Stop American Family.”

All I can say is – read it and weep (literally). My heart breaks for these children and the hundreds of thousands like them throughout America.

Then, for a study in contrast, I recommend this article: “Tasha Tudor’s World.

While most of us will find that our life is not on either far end of the spectrum as exhibited in these articles, we can all find ways to find more balance, more joy, and more peace for our children and ourselves.

A Tale of Two Families


Sallie-Schaaf-Borrink-060313-B-250x250I'm Sallie, teacher by training and now homeschooling mom of Caroline. My passion is to provide products, encouragement, and information that helps others discover and do what works with their children. I also write about living a cozy life as a highly introverted person. Welcome! ♥

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