14 Ways to Teach Children to Enjoy Simple Pleasures

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14 Ways to teach Children to Enjoy Simple Pleasures, #parenting

How do you raise a child in today's world who is not consumed with material goods and technology? This is a tough question that many parents face as our culture becomes more about what you have, can have, or should have. One way that we have tried to combat against this mentality is by teaching our children to look for the joy in simple things. I am talking about things that are free or don't require a lot of money, but are fun, engaging and the stuff of memories. Let's be honest, your child probably will not remember the latest toy you bought them, but they will remember those simple experiences that they shared with you.

Recently, we took a trip to a local shopping center although we had no plans for shopping. This particular shopping center has lots of water and ducks that love to be fed. For my girls, just seeing the ducks was exciting enough. There were squeals of glee and jumping up and down. I brought along some duck food and they had a blast feeding the ducks. The above photo is actually of my youngest as we were feeding the ducks. Could she be any happier?

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Looking for more ideas for simple pleasures you can share with your kids? I hope you'll be as inspired as I am by the following suggestions from some of my favorite bloggers. 

1. NurtureStore shares how to Make a Sailing Boat.



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I am encouraged reading about these wonderful ways to enjoy the simple things in life. The fact that the children involved are having so much fun is really good news for us parents. Next time you think you have to spend a lot to have a great time, stop and look around you for the simple pleasures money can't buy. 

Thanks to the bloggers above for the great ideas! Please visit them and say hi!

What are your favorite simple pleasures to share with your children? Leave a comment below.

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19 comments:

  1. The same simple pleasures of our own childhood!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Sometimes in this busy world with technology it's easy to lose sight of the simple stuff.

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I love all the ideas. There is something to be said about simple play. Kids don't need expensive and extravagant toys.

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    1. It's easy to lose sight of that sometimes, but you're right.

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  3. Great ideas, Vicky, and wonderful pictures. Thanks for this blog.

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    1. Thanks Renee, I am so happy to share the ideas of some smart women.

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  4. I love this simple pleasures post and am honored to be a part of it!

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  5. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

    One thing I notice about my son compared to other kids is his ability to find something to do when there is no obvious toy, screen, or other entertainment source available. I think all kids are born with this ability but can unlearn it if they are constantly supplied with diversions. Since he was born, we have often taken him places where the main activity is for adults (like a meeting, church, family or friends gathering) bringing minimal toys or no toys. He always finds something of interest that he can arrange in patterns, pretend is a train, draw with, or whatever.

    My dad likes to take kids on an Adventure in whatever interesting place is handy, and I'm carrying on the tradition. Here's the story of an Adventure my son and I had last fall.

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    1. Your son sounds like a wonderful boy. I would love if my kids could be that well behaved at a restaurant.

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  6. You're such a fun mom! I love all these fun ideas. We've been doing a lot of camping this summer and made some great memories. Getting out and doing things together as a family is one of our simple pleasures.

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    1. You are so right about just getting out and doing things. Dones't have to cost a lot to make memories.

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  8. Great posting! I think this is what we should teach to the kids that would help them in future life too. I really appreciate it.

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  10. The beauty of children is that they just love to spend time with you. What you do matters less than that you are with them. (IMHO...)

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  11. In addition to Monday Kid Corner Weekly Linky Party, this week's theme is WATER. Brush off those archives and link them up at thejennyevolution.com. See you there! Jennifer

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