We started changing our life when they were still young (4, and 7) but they still remember our life before. They have lived through us moving a bunch, dreaming a bunch, simplifying a bunch, homeschooling and trying to be intentional about our living. They have been great!
I really want my kids to learn from us to focus their priorities on God and relationships and to be comfortable questioning what society tells them. Hopefully we have been modeling that for them.
It seems like we (parents) should be able to figure life out before we decide to bring kids into the world. But the longer I live, the less I believe I will ever figure life out... so it is good we didn’t wait 😉
Anyways, last summer I interviewed my kids about minimalism for the blog and the loved it. I figured I would do a update post to that and have the kids tell you about minimalist living and our new travel adventures.
Today’s post is brought to you by my darling children
Minimalist Kids Interview
What is a minimalist?
Ian (6 years old): a person who writes simple books
What does ‘simple living’ mean?
Lily: I don’t know
Ian: To live simple
How do you live simply?
Lily: small house, and not very much stuff
Ian: by doing things simply
Why do you like simple living?
Lily: It isn’t as hard to clean up.
Ian: because doing simple things make me feel good.
How did you end up in China?
Lily: No idea
What was the first thing you thought of when you heard you were moving to China?
Lily: What is China like? And do my friends have Skype?
Ian: I was excited.
What was the first thing you noticed about China?
Lily: That I did not understand a word anyone said and that the food tasted really different from the Chinese food in the US. Also, that white kids are treated like they are famous here. Everyone wants pictures of me.
Ian: That the stores were different and and some other things were different.
Lily: The biggest plane ride ever! And the planes that have TV’s in the back of the chairs for movies! We had a blast with those!
Ian: Traveling in the vehicles. (me – which vehicles) Like plane, car.
Are you learning to speak Chinese?
Lily: Not really.
Ian: Um, a little bit
What is your favorite Chinese food?
Lily: Chinese cakes, but not the ones with the beans in them.
Ian: oh, drinking yogurt, the pineapple, peach, and raspberry kinds!
What food do you miss most?
Lily: My Grandma’s veggie roast
Ian: Black olives, grandma’s veggie roast, grandpa’s sweet corn, American ice cream with candy inside
Is there somewhere else you would like to travel after China?
Lily: France and Italy
Lily: It is cheaper because you have less stuff to carry, except that you need to bring a lot of chocolate and cheese if you come to China.. but we forgot the cheese.
Ian: I don’t know
Is there anything else you want to share about simple living or traveling?
Ian: Going to the Forbidden City I want to share about. I want to tell people where we went in China. It was really fun. We walked on the Great Wall too!
There you have it, some thoughts from the kids. Have a wonderful rest of your day, thanks for reading 🙂