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Minimalist Kids … 2 years later

minimalist kids - IanMy kids have been along for this simple living and minimalist ride for over 2 years now.  They are my ‘minimalist kids‘.

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?

Minimalist Kids - LilyLily (9 years old): maybe, um, someone who doesn’t have much stuff?

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

Ian: Plane!

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.

Minimalist Kids - IanWhat is the coolest part of traveling?

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

Ian: Australia

Minimalist Kids - LilyHow does simple living help you travel?

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?

Lily: Nope

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 🙂


  1. Laurène Laurène

    Such a lovely interview, thank you Lorilee!! Your kids seem to love your familial lifestyle, congrats!! and little Ian sounds like a future backpaper!!
    Have a great day,


  2. Kim Stewart Kim Stewart

    I loved it 🙂 Such simple answers, my favorite was about forgetting the cheese, raised in Wisconsin, a true Cheesehead, I laughed out loud at that one. I live in Montana now and still have Cheese care packages sent to me. Let me know, I would be thrilled to have them send one your way as well 🙂
    As for the introductory of the post, I loved your quote about “raising your children to learn from you, focus their priorities on God and question what society tells them”, that really stuck with me this morning, it’s so true and important. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day…

    • Thanks Kim 🙂 We haven’t figured out how to get things shipped to us from overseas yet, we are in a small city and nothing that has been mailed has actually gotten here. We are planning on eating our fill when we get home after Christmas 🙂

  3. I laughed out loud at “how did you end up in China?”

    • everything is better looking through kids eyes. We had a bunch of fun with the interview 🙂

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