Something I have been asked several times since we launched this campaign and tiny house project is how my kids feel about it- especially the oldest. The truth is that the kids have been our biggest cheerleaders. Kira, my 10 year old, wakes up every morning and asks how much we’ve raised, and Selena, my 4 year old, asks every day how many more books we need to sell until we can build our ‘tiny little bitty house.

They had never actually seen a tiny house in real life before… so a few days ago, I panicked. What if they liked the idea in theory, but not in practice? I decided it was time to take them to tour one. It just so happens that we are lucky enough to have met a few people here locally who are a part of the tiny house community, so yesterday we were able to tour a 21 foot long house with the kids.

They were SO excited. Selena has decided she wants to live in a loft immediately. Kira was excited to finally see one, but was pretty scared of the loft, which was something I was surprised about. Luckily, it didn’t take much to explain that it wasn’t much different than a bunk bed. I think Gideon was just amazed that there was a house that was more proportionate to him. It was a good experience for them and they talked about it all day even more than usual (which is saying something!)

I think that people forget that simple things make children happy. The old adage about kids liking the Christmas boxes and wrapping more than the gift is true. Kids are happy with so much less than we think they will be. To my kids, the idea of living smaller doesn’t sound scary or progressive, it’s just a smaller house. Kira has even mentioned relief about getting rid of some of her toys because her room feels cluttered with stuff she doesn’t need anymore.

I often think we can learn a lot from children.


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Tashina Monk is a hyperbolic know-it-all with three kids, a life partner and a cat. She writes on family topics including becoming debt-free, traveling, and healthy, conscious living.

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