Resources – Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less


Throughout Minimalist Parenting we’ve mentioned a number of resources and have even more to share here. We hope this list helps you continue on your minimalizing journey! (For clickable links to all of these resources and more, visit



Faber, Adele, and Elaine Mazlish. How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. New York: Scribner, 2012. (Fantastic model for respectful communication with kids)

Hoefle, Vicki. Duct Tape Parenting: A Less Is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient Kids. Boston: Bibliomotion, 2012. (Practical advice to let kids learn from life)

Kohn, Alfie. Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason. New York: Atria Books, 2006. (Recommended by Christine’s husband, Jon)

Levine, Madeline. The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids. New York: Harper, 2006. (Commentary on the “more is more” parenting climate)

Levine, Madeline. Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success. New York: Harper, 2012. (Authentic, values-based parenting)

Mogel, Wendy. The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children. New York: Scribner, 2008. (Great read no matter what your religious background)

Payne, Kim John, and Lisa Ross. Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, More Secure Kids. New York: Ballantine, 2010. (The title says it all)

Skenazy, Lenore. Free-Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry). Hoboken: Jossey-Bass, 2010. (Landmark book addressing the overparenting phenomenon)

Websites (Smart talk on parenting) (Thoughtful, insightful parenting discussion) (“A blog about kids with special needs who kick butt”) (Website and weekly podcast for working parents) (Trusted source of conversation) (Fantastic perspective on simple family living) (Happier lives, one day at a time) (Community + live chats on a range of topics related to parenting) (Enthusiastic, geeky dads share their passions)

Children’s Behavior/Development


Carter, Christine. Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. New York: Ballantine, 2010. (Science and storytelling about raising happy kids)

Coloroso, Barbara, The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School--How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle. New York: William Morrow, 2009. (Our community recommends this book)

Galinsky, Ellen. Mind In the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. New York: William Morrow, 2010. (A must read)

Greene, Ross W. The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children. New York: Harper, 2010. (Excellent, practical reframing of the “difficult child” label)

Hallowell, Edward M. The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy. New York: Ballantine, 2003. (Dr. Hallowell deeply appreciates kids’ individuality)

Harris, Robie H., and Michael Emberley. It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health. Somerville: Candlewick Press, 2009.(It’s better that the kids get their sex education from you)

Huebner, Dawn, and Bonnie Matthews. What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety. Washington, DC: Magination Press, 2005. (An anxiety workbook for kids)

Kindlon, Dan, and Michael Thompson. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys. New York: Ballantine Books, 2000. (For parents of boys)

Manassis, Katharina. Keys to Parenting Your Anxious Child. Hauppauge: Barron’s Educational Series, 2008. (Recommended by Christine’s friend Phoebe, a clinical child psychologist)

Wiseman, Rosalind. Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2009. (For parents of girls)

Time Management and Productivity


Allen, David. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. New York: Penguin Books, 2002. (Recommended by our community)

Covey, Stephen R., Merrill, A. Roger, and Merrill, Rebecca R. First Things First. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. (Values-based approach to time management)

Francis, Meagan. The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood. San Francisco: Weldon Owen, 2011. (So much more than a productivity book! Self care, organization, wise, warm humor . . . much more)

Websites (E-mail based service that helps you develop home routines—with a super-devoted following) (Tips, tricks, and technology for living better in the digital age; recommended by our community) (Web-based productivity timer system) (Finding simplicity amid the chaos of daily life)

Paper Calendars and Planners

Franklin Covey (The organizer that propelled Christine’s productivity to new heights in college)

Get Buttoned Up (Well-designed productivity and storage tools)

MomAgenda (Day planner oriented toward mothers’ schedules)

Moleskine (Asha’s favorite notebook for doodling and journaling)

Online Calendars, Planners and Apps

Cozi (Calendar management)

Dropbox (File sharing so you can have your to-do list handy at all times)

Evernote (Virtual bulletin board)

Google Calendar (Free online calendar)

Orchestra (To-do lists and more)

Things for iPhone (Asha’s favorite to-do list app)

Organization and Decluttering


Leeds, Regina, and Francis, Meagan. One Year to an Organized Life with Baby: From Pregnancy to Parenthood, the Week-by-Week Guide to Getting Ready for Baby and Keeping Your Family Organized. Cambridge: Da Capo Lifelong, 2011. (Step-by-step organization)

Oxenrider, Tsh. Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living. Cincinnati: BetterWay, 2010. (Practical guide to simple living)

Oxenrider, Tsh. One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler. (Inspiring, action-oriented ebook)

Walsh, Peter. It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan For Living A Richer Life With Less Stuff. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. (Less stuff! We agree)

Websites (Reduce junk mail) (Buy, sell, list stuff for free) (Free donation pickup) (Good for selling higher value items that are worth shipping) (Find free stuff, give away stuff for free) (Make a difference through donation) (Personalized labels for everything) (Organizing, frugal living, and more) (Swap events) (Baby goods swap site) (Swap events) (Parent swap network)

Rentals/Outsourcing (Home rental) (Bulk buying deals; many in our community recommend the Amazon Mom’s Subscribe & Save diaper and wipe delivery service) (Child care services, as well as help for adults/seniors, pets, home) (Lightning-fast diaper delivery) (Save yourself another errand) (Housecleaning services) (Movie rental) (Cocktail dress rental) (Child care) (Errand services) (Local services search engine/review platform) and (Car sharing)



Clark, Amy Allen, and Murphy, Jana. The Good Life for Less: Giving Your Family Great Meals, Good Times, and a Happy Home on a Budget. New York: Penguin (Perigree), 2012. (Positive, practical, frugal tips)

Greenslate, Christopher, Kerri Leonard. On a Dollar a Day. New York: Hyperion, 2010. (Get inspired to eat for a lot less)

Quinn, Jane Bryant. Making the Most of Your Money. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2009. (It’s thick but readable, and tells you everything you need to know about your entire financial picture; in fact, if you read this single book, you’ve got pretty much all you need to know)

Ramsey, Dave. The Total Money Makeover. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009. (We haven’t read it ourselves, but many of our community members rave about Dave Ramsey’s work)

Tyson, Eric. Personal Finance for Dummies. Hoboken: For Dummies, 2012. (Surprisingly useful intro to the fundamentals)

Websites (Save money on baby gear) (Make budgeting fun . . . and apparently sexy!) (Smart personal finance) (National Association of Personal Financial Advisors; good place to find local referrals) (Where motherhood and money meet) (Practical money-saving advice) (Active community conversation about saving money)

Financial Tools (Financial tracking) (Savings tool)

KiddyBank (App for allowance tracking) (Financial tracking) (Savings tool)



Buchanan, Andrea J., and Miriam Peskowitz. The Daring Book for Girls. New York: William Morrow, 2012. (Essential girlhood skills)

Flett, Heather Gibbs, and Whitney Moss. The Rookie Mom’s Handbook. Philadelphia: Quirk Books, 2008. (Activities to do with and without your new baby)

Iggulden, Conn, and Iggulden, Hal. The Dangerous Book for Boys. New York: William Morrow, 2012. (Essential boyhood skills)

Jacobs, Meredith, and Jacobs, Sofie. Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and their Moms. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2010. (A wonderful way to inspire communication between mother and daughter; we hope they come out with a version for boys, or a general parent/child version!)

King, Bart. The Big Book of Boy Stuff. Layton: Gibbs Smith, 2004. (Fun playtime inspiration; pretty much anything by Bart King will spark kids’ imaginations)

Websites (Creative ideas for kids and parents alike) (Crafts, recipes, and other inspiration) (Craft ideas for kids) (Gardening resources) (Inspiring families outdoors, building playgrounds across the country) (Craft ideas for kids) (The National Wildlife Federation’s resource hub to inspire outdoor exploration) (Go-to destination if you’re new on the parenting block)

Education and School

Llewellyn, Grace, and Silver, Amy. Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education with or without School. Hoboken: Wiley, 2001. (Thought-provoking book about education and learning)

Penn, Audrey, Harper, Ruth E., and Leak, Nancy M. The Kissing Hand. Terre Haute: Tanglewood Press, 2007. (A children’s book to help with the transition to school)

Websites (Mindblowing collection of online lectures)



Bittman, Mark. How to Cook Everything. Hoboken: Wiley, 2008.(Easy, modern basic reference)

Goldfarb, Aviva. The Six O’Clock Scramble. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006. (Asha’s go-to weeknight cookbook by the founder of The

Knight, Karin, and Ruggiero, Tina. The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet. Beverly: Fair Winds Press, 2010. (Cookbook for those who dig making baby food)

Madison, Deborah. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. New York: Clarkson Potter, 2007. (Recommended by a reader as a great resource for vegetarian recipes)

Oliver, Jamie. Jamie’s Food Revolution. New York: Hyperion, 2011 (Simple food, well prepared, great guy)

Stern, Michelle. The Whole Family Cookbook: Celebrate the Goodness of Locally Grown Foods. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media, 2011. (Family-friendly meals with a local foods focus)

Waters, Alice. The Art of Simple Food. New York: Clarkson Potter, 2007. (One of the original simple food gourmets)

Websites/Apps (Prepared meal service) (Grocery delivery – New York area) (Grocery list tool recommended by our community)

How to Cook Everything app (Fantastic functionality for a cookbook app) (Grocery delivery) (Grocery delivery) (Healthy recipe database) (Amazing recipes, photography, and storytelling) (Family-friendly menu planning service) (Weekly menu inspiration) (Certified green mobile cooking school)

Celebrations and Special Occasions


Seo, Danny, and Levy, Jennifer. Simply Green Giving: Create Beautiful and Organic Wrappings, Tags, and Gifts from Everyday Materials. New York: Collins, 2006. (Recommended by Melissa Massello of

Seo, Danny. Simply Green Parties: Simple and Resourceful Ideas for Throwing the Perfect Celebration, Event, or Get-Together. New York: William Morrow, 2006.

Websites University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science. (Resources for celebrating birthdays without all the baggage) (If you’re going to give a gift, try searching local and supporting indie) (Paperless invitation service) (Gracious, generous entertaining) (Shop for good, recommended by Isabel Kallman of (Paperless invitation service) (Donate to kids in need)

Travel (Making travel with kids fun) (Family travel tips and reflections) (Tips for traveling light)

Packing Pro (List-making app recommended by our friends at (Guidebooks and tips) (Family travel advice)

Lifestyle and Self-Care


Brown, Brené. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Center City: Hazelden, 2010. (Wise advice about knowing yourself)

Chapman, C. C. Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness. Hoboken: Wiley, 2012 (All-around great person shares his most important lessons learned)

Clark, Tracey. Elevate the Everyday. Waltham: Focal Press, 2012. (Learn how to take awesome pictures)

McDowell, Dimity and Sarah Bowen Shea. Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving—and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel, 2012. (Down-to-earth running inspiration for parents)

Johnson, Whitney. Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream. Boston: Bibliomotion, 2012. (How to find and follow your dreams)

Real Simple. (Lifestyle magazine including everyday simplicity tips and tricks)

Rubin, Gretchen. The Happiness Project. New York: Harper Perennial, 2011. (We all deserve happiness)

Rubin, Gretchen. Happier at Home. New York: Crown, 2012. (We especially deserve happiness at home)

Walrond, Karen. The Beauty of Different. Houston: Bright Sky Press, 2010. (Reminder that you’re uncommonly beautiful)

Websites (Shopping site with a happy focus on indie/mom-owned businesses) (Get social with your fitness tracking) & (Online curation of lovely things for kids and adults) (Inspiration to live a better life)

MyFitnessPal app (A food/fitness tracking app to help you become more mindful of calories going in and out) (Lifestyle blog replete with easy DIY beauty recipes) (Postpartum depression support and community) (An online magazine about everyday wonders) (The best of budget living) (Truly simple and lovely picks) (Down to earth beauty and style) (Everyday, minimalist fashion)

Where to Find Christine and Asha

Other than at of course!

Christine Koh (About me) (Parenting/lifestyle portal for families in Boston and beyond)

Also on Twitter (@bostonmamas), Facebook (, Pinterest (christinekoh), and Instagram (bostonmamas)

Asha Dornfest (About me) (Forehead-smackingly smart parenting tips)

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