As parents, we want to share our minimalist values with our kids. We want to set them on the right track throughout childhood and prepare them for their future as they transition into adulthood. Ideally we start them on the path from a young age, but many of us don’t discover the benefits of minimalism until our kids are well into their teen years. How do share our new found values with our teens?
Kristy King shares some tips on her blog, The Simple White Rabbit. Raising Minimalist Teens in a Consumerist World
She suggests we lead by example, something I find to be an absolute necessity. Also, discover what motivates your teen and share how minimalism can play into that.
In addition to those tips, I recommend the hands on approach in helping your teen with decluttering and also to give them lots of decision making power when decluttering their room. Yelling at your kid to clean will not work, instead you need to team up with them and work together. Acting as a coach and teammate will work a lot better than playing dictator.