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Done is Better than Perfect

3 Things by Christine Koh, Boston Mamas

3 Things by Christine Koh, Boston Mamas

Truth

In Minimalist Parenting, my co-author, Asha, and I talk about the concept, “course correction beats perfection.”

What we mean by this is that for most things in life, you get do-overs.

As a recovering perfectionist, I can tell you that striving for perfection not only can drive you crazy, but waste precious bandwidth that could otherwise be allocated towards way more fun adventures!

These days, I embrace the concept of do-overs, as well as the mantra “done is better than perfect.”

Tip

Engage your kids in chores.

Lots of parents are hesitant to do this (particularly as kids get older and have increasing homework and extracurricular loads), but chores are crucial for family systems. They’re also a multifaceted win: chores teach kids life skills they will need to have when they leave the nest, help kids become a part of the family system, and lighten your load.

Also, start ‘em early. We’ve already taught our two-year-old to bring her dish to the sink after dinner and she knows how to wipe up messes!

Find

I am a huge, huge fan of FashionABLE, a company I visited when I traveled to Ethiopia with ONE Moms. FashionABLE works to lift Ethiopian women out of poverty and prostitution by teaching them a sustainable trade.

Simply buy a scarf and you’re supporting these women (100% of the proceeds from scarf sales go back into the program). This Genet scarf was designed specifically for Mother’s Day via a design blogger competition at Alt Summit.

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Totally awesome, right?

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  • Jessica Smock April 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I love the idea of “do overs”! And course correction. Much of life doesn’t have to be “all or nothing.”
    And I completely agree that kids should participate in daily household chores. I was skeptical when I read about starting your kid young. But I gave my two year old a duster, and he just goes to town! He loves little jobs and being praised for being helpful.

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