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Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids (Early Years) by [Kim John (M.Ed) Payne, Lisa M Ross]
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“Brilliant, wise, informative, innovative, entertaining, and urgently needed, this timely book is a godsend for all who love children, and for children themselves. It provides a doable plan for providing the kind of childhood kids desperately need today!”—Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness

“A wealth of practical ideas for reclaiming childhood and establishing family harmony.”Publishers Weekly

“Brilliant.”Grand Rapids Press

“[Payne is] like a master closet reorganizer for the soul.”Time

“This book is a wake-call for all of us who have misjudged what children need and can handle, and who have wandered so far from the best practices that we are raising neurologically damaged and emotionally stunted human beings as a result. Simplicity Parenting arises from dialogues with real people, from their questions and their needs. Kim John Payne is sharp, funny, and wise, and—best of all—he has something shattering but positive to say to an America that is struggling to know how to live.”—Steve Biddulph, author of The Secret of Happy Children

“If you are raising children in these anxious times, you need this book. It will inspire you, reassure you, and, most important of all, it will remind you that less is more, that simplicity trumps complication, that rhythm and routine bring peace to the soul. In this profound and practical guide, Kim John Payne offers parents a doable, step-by-step approach to simplifying everyday family life, from the toy box to the dinner table. In the process, he reveals to us the rewards to be found in slowing down, savoring our children’s childhoods, and more fully enjoying our own adult lives.”—Katrina Kenison, author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day

Simplicity Parenting takes the unusual and unusually wise stance that sometimes less can be more. Less as in less frenetic activity, less racing around, less clutter. Payne provides practical strategies for turning down the volume and creating a pace that fosters calmness, mindfulness, reflection, and individuality in children. Simplicity Parenting should be on every parent’s (indeed, every person’s) reading list.”—Kathleen A. Brehony, Ph.D., author of Awakening at Midlife

“Kim John Payne helps parents better understand one of the most challenging issues of our time–the hurried, materialistic, competitive, highly pressured nature of today’ s childhood. After reading Simplicity Parenting, parents’ new mantra will be ‘less builds security, sanity, and connection.’ And they will have the tools they need for implementing this mantra in their families.”—Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., co-author of So Sexy So Soon

About the Author

Kim John Payne, MEd, has been a school counselor for nearly twenty years and a private family counselor-therapist for over fifteen years. He has worked extensively with the North American and UK Waldorf movements and is currently the director of the Waldorf Collaborative Counseling Program at Antioch University New England, the director of a large research program on a drug-free approach to attention priority disorders, and a partner of the Alliance for Childhood in Washington, DC. Payne lives with his wife and two children in Harlemville, New York.

Kim John Payne, M.Ed., has been a school counselor for eighteen years and a private family counselor-therapist for fifteen years. He has worked extensively with the North American and U.K. Waldorf movements and is currently the director of the Waldorf Collaborative Counseling Program at Antioch University New England, the director of a large research program on a drug-free approach to attention priority issues disorders, and a partner of the Alliance for Childhood in Washington, D.C. Kim lives with his wife and two children in Harlemville, New York.

Lisa M. Ross has been involved with books for more than twenty years as an editor and literary agent and now exclusively as a writer. She lives with her husband and two children in Stuyvesant, New York.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002LLRDS8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books (August 15, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 15, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 8405 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 379 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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I've been involved with books for more than twenty years as an editor and literary agent, and now exclusively as a writer. For many years I've also been interested in the principles of Waldorf education, its broad philosophical overlay and practical applications for daily life. So I was naturally drawn to Kim John Payne's work; I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with him, and writing Simplicity Parenting. I live in New York's Hudson Valley with my husband and two children. More information about my work can be found at www.lisamross.com.

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By Rachel Rainbolt on August 26, 2020
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne had me giving a standing ovation with a dramatic slow clap. It was describing a lot of the work I was doing with families and validating the powerfully positive effects I was seeing. Mainstream kids today exhibit a “soul fever” or “Cumulative Stress Reaction” similar to complex PTSD that pushes personality quirks into disorders, for which the antidote is to simplify the environment, rhythm, and schedule, and filter out the adult world.

The latter portion of the book dives into that last component and that is where my enthusiasm wanes. I work hard to advocate for integration (there is no adult versus child world—just the one world we all live in together), so while I wholeheartedly agree that it is in everyone's best interest to simplify and be intentional about what content enhances everyone's well-being, I wouldn't recommend doing that by compartmentalizing life into two different worlds or by eliminating technology, which can be a value add. But overall, a worthy addition to the gentle parenting cannon.

“Quirk plus stress equals disorder.”
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book full of ideas
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for a calmer, more balanced household
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting approach
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5.0 out of 5 stars Affirmation of simplicity
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