MINIMALIST parenting

Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less

We’re in the midst of a parenting climate that feeds on more. More expert advice, more gear, more fear about competition and safety, and more choices to make about education, nutrition, even entertainment. The result? Overwhelmed, confused parents and overscheduled, overparented kids.

In MINIMALIST PARENTING, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer a fresh approach to navigating all of this conflicting background “noise.” They show how to tune into your family’s unique values and priorities and confidently identify the activities, stuff, information, and people that truly merit space in your life.

The book leads parents through practical strategies for managing time, decluttering, simplifying mealtimes, streamlining recreation, and prioritizing self-care. Filled with parents’ personal stories, readers will come away with a unique plan for a simpler life.

What People are Saying

“In Minimalist Parenting, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer readers a much-welcome alternative to the usual parenting advice. With its focus on simplicity, self-knowledge, kindness, and confidence, this book gives parents the tools to help themselves – and, more importantly, trust themselves – as they navigate overwhelming terrain of managing family life.”​

Andrea J. Buchanan

New York Times author of The Daring Book for Girls

“For any parents who feel overwhelmed with clutter in their homes, their schedules, or their brains (that is just about every parent!), Minimalist Parenting is an invaluable guide to making family life more serene – and more fun.” 

Gretchin rubin

Author of Happier at Home and the best-seller The Happiness Project

“This book is filled with honest, practical and useful advice that will help any parent keep their sanity. Thankfully not just another parenting book, but a strategic guide to keeping your family happy and on track.”

C.C. Chapman

Author of Amazing Things Will Happen & founder of Digital Dads

“In Minimalist Parenting Koh and Dornfest offer keen insights about how to live a less stressful parenting life. This is a practical, comprehensive guidebook that also feels like a good, supportive, and upbeat friend. Harried parents may not have time to read it, which is exactly why they should.” 

Katherine ozment

Contributing editor at Boston magazine

“In parenting, less is turning out to be more. But how much less? And which less, exactly? Minimalist Parenting helps you figure it out in ways that fit your schedule, your style and – most importantly – your values.”


Author of The Bright Side of Disaster and Everyone is Beautiful

“Who says that parenting has to be about buying, watching, fretting, obsessing and scheduling? Well, no one – in those words. But for many folks, that’s what it is. Here’s to a way to say goodbye to the treadmill and howdy to happiness, extra space and free time.” 

lenore skenazy

Author of Free-Range Kids

“A sensible, calming tonic for parents trying to escape the maelstrom of impossible social expectations and unbearable childrearing anxiety”

cory doctorow

Author of The Bright Side of Disaster and Everyone is Beautiful

“The goal of Minimalist Parenting is stunningly simple – to keep the stuff that increases joy and reduce what doesn’t. There aren’t enough books like this in the parenting space! Reading it boosted by confidence.” 

Heather Flett & Whitney moss

Publishers of Rookie Moms and 510 Families and authors of Stuff Every Mom Should Know and The Rookie Mom's Handbook


“When we exercise our creativity – and make something from nothing – we define ourselves. In this vivid and generous guide, Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest offer a practical and inspiring approach to creating the space for you and your family to thrive. You will be a happier person for having read this book.”

Emily Lively

Co-Author (with Julia Cameron) of The Prosperous Heart and The Artist's Way for Parents

MINIMALIST parenting

Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less

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