Shedding Some Light On a Convenience Culture

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(This is a little sign I have hanging in my kitchen to remind me each day of the truth of which it speaks.)

We as a culture want what is convenient—quick, easy, efficient, comfortable, as little work as possible. We highly value convenience.

But should we?

Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful for modern conveniences like washing machines and water heaters! And I mean that wholeheartedly because I’ve lived without both at various times in my life!
The problem lies where this desire for convenience permeates our parenting… and because parenting is area where we cannot rush or even control the process, the tension of living with what is “inconvenient” surfaces and our cravings for convenience stare us in the face.

When we place such high value on convenience that it undermines our relationships with our children and our parenting, things get very skewed….

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Written by Anne

Hi I’m Anne. My husband Grant and I have 3 young kids and we live in our hometown in Colorado. We homeschool (in a blend of Charlotte Mason, Classical, and Montossori styles). I love reading, books of all sorts, running, Pilates, bikes with wicker baskets, coffee, my friends, good conversation, the mountains, gardening, cooking for friends and family, experiencing new places and cultures, giving presents, teaching, writing, and creating things.

 

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