Family & Relationships. Psychology. Nonfiction. HTML:Today‚??s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. Simplicity Parenting offers inspiration, ideas, and a blueprint for change: ‚?Ę Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter‚??as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload. ‚?Ę Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed. ‚?Ę Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child‚??s daily torrent of constant doing. ‚?Ę Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children‚??s ‚??screen time‚?Ě to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation. A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lif
Quote: "Simplification signals a change, a realignment of our hopes and our everyday lives."
I have too many things to write about how much I liked this book. I suppose you would be better off reading the ongoing
I read this one slowly to let it all sink in. There are so many manageable steps presented in the book - with great real life examples.
I found the minimalist way of life last year and I can attest that the fewer toys they have the more they play. And the ones she plays with the most are things like cups, fabric etc - things that can be turned into anything, along with some small dolls/figurines.
I'm not sure I agree with everything in the book such as: not talking to your kid as you would an adult, avoiding politics and global issues, and talking to them less in general (to encourage them to listen when you speak, and make your speaking more impactful), removing the TV entirely, etc. Not that I disagree with these things, I just haven't really made up my mind on them.
I also didn't really like how the entire book seemed to be written for parents who already have kids they can't manage, rather than parents who's kids are fine and just want to learn new concepts, or prospective parents trying to ready themselves, or just adults who are often adjacent to kids (uncles, teachers, etc).