It can not be denied, simple life is easier to say than done. Why? Increasingly complex life dynamics will make people philosophize and have their own benchmarks in translating simple lives.
However, the main principle in applying a lifestyle is from self and family. It would be difficult to talk, let alone invite children and others to adopt simple life behaviors. If not accompanied by examples and a real example of parents.
Here are some real steps to educate children to be simple in the family environment:
Saves and Deposit the Money
Frugality does not mean educating children to be stingy with themselves or to others. Saves more meaningfully using something wisely as needed.
One of the implementations of frugal attitude is to train children saving early on. No need to save in the bank if not possible.
So the child will be used to set aside some of his snack money for tomorrow. Saving means setting aside some (small) needs today for tomorrow’s needs.
Use Objects wisely
Rewarding money means educating children to use the money wisely. Buy something because it is needed. If there are clothing or school supplies that can still be used. Do not have to buy a new one just because of prestige.
Creative looking for Alternate
This is true in terms of meeting the needs of the family. If for example expensive beef, there is no harm in replacing it with cheaper chicken meat. And so on.
Similarly, in buying the needs of communication devices. If you can not buy a more sophisticated and expensive gadget phone, why not replace it with a simple, durable, and affordable price?
And, there are many other examples of creativity looking for alternative tools.
Customize your Desires and Abilities
Well, this is a real step that is not less important for children. Having something (matter/material) needs to be also adjusted to the ability. One’s desire is boundless but one’s ability is limited. The gap between desire and ability often makes people dizzy and act desperate.
Differentiating Desires and Needs for Simple Life
Starting from the ability to examine, distinguish between wants and needs. Which is possible as a necessity and which are just wishes only.
Simple is indeed relative. It’s hard to find the right benchmark of simple life. Similarly, in its application in the family environment. Each family has its own way and style.
However, educating children for simple life, in general, is to instill an attitude that is not excessive in life. Be natural, natural and not wasteful.
Simple people will look calmer and enjoy life.