Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

by Kim John Payne

Paperback, 2010

Status

Available

Publication

Ballantine Books (2010), Edition: unknown, 256 pages

Description

"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- Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload. Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed. Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child's daily torrent of constant doing. Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children's screen time to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation. A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guid… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

256 p.; 5.2 inches

ISBN

0345507983 / 9780345507983

User reviews

LibraryThing member swivelgal
I recommend this to all new and all frustrated parents. Yes, children run 'soul fevers' when they are overwhelmed. I totally agree but until I read this book, I didn't have words to express this concept.
LibraryThing member AspiringAmeliorant
Perhaps it simply caters to my laissez-faire style of parenting, but I appreciated Payne's approach to countering the impulses to do more and have more, and to do it faster. I am particularly interested in the development of rhythm in my family's life.
LibraryThing member Enviromommy
Basic idea: get rid of excess belongings, simplify schedule, get rid of TV. Nothing I didn't already know, but a good reminder/encouragement.
LibraryThing member momma2
I have been burning through books about parenting and child development lately and most of them have been of little or no help. So little help that I don't even record them as read because they were just a waste of my time. But this book was a breath of fresh air. Now of course the authors opinions are very much in line with mine but he has the experience of a counseling career to support keeping things simple. Anecdotal examples and real tips and tricks that back up the way I always intended things to be in my home. No screens, routines, a calmer schedule, less clutter. Things we have done lost some of our consistency with for various reasons. But I am inspired to go back to the basics and have the affirmation I needed that I am moving in the right direction!… (more)
LibraryThing member FranklynCee
Not only was this book excessively smart, reasonable, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, it was well-written. Some of the fresh vocabulary and constructs it offered for thinking about the author's ideas were lovely, stunning. No other way to put it. These aren't even the best examples, but a couple I remember: "By seeing only syndromes, tendencies, and labels, we risk not seeing our children's intrinsic intent, their deep biographical gesture in the world." or "I sometimes think of simplification as a powerful anti-inflammatory for a family."… (more)
LibraryThing member dms02
I would recommend this to every parent I know...or at least in my head I would. It seems to me as if this book could be right for everyone...but I am sure I would be wrong :)

I have too many things to write about how much I liked this book. I suppose you would be better off reading the ongoing discussion on this book here on goodreads.

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.
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LibraryThing member Amelia_Smith
The author, a former Waldorf teacher, manages to convey the best elements of Waldorf as it applies to family life without getting into anything I disagree with. I skimmed some chapters, but feel that it was reasonably concise nonetheless. It's a good piece of encouragement for anyone wanting to simplify their family life by decluttering, inserting breathing room into over-packed schedules, and creating low-key grounding points in the family's routine. I especially liked the way the author explained how simple, non-fussy, and un-ritualistic these moments of re-connecting could be -- less about lighting biodynamic candles and more about simply being present for your kids in a reliable, mostly predictable way.… (more)
LibraryThing member 6boysandme
Summary: I have read this book multiple times and I love it every time. I now pick it up when I think that the simplicity that I think so necessary for my family seems to have gotten lost somewhere! At the beginning of yet another busy school year I needed to remind myself and apply these principles in my home.
Quote: "Simplification signals a change, a realignment of our hopes and our everyday lives."
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LibraryThing member MorganGMac
Game-changer for our family. Too much stimulus (toys, tv, schedule) is not only stressful for kids, it's damaging to them. Inspired me to get rid of half our toys, and so glad I did. Would recommend to every modern parent.

Pages

256

Rating

(54 ratings; 4.1)
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