The Bulletin

Creating a Rich, Conducive Space for a Child's Development

Friday, May 2011

Kim John Payne’s Perspective on Raising Children with Awareness for Age-Appropriate Exposure

How does the growing child interact with society’s ever increasing complexity? As consumerism, media, advertising and communication networks get faster and more fragmented, the onslaught of information can have a strong detrimental effect on a child’s development.

Kim John Payne offers an essential model of how parents can reclaim rich and productive space for childhood experience by simplifying and reducing the amount of toys, books and clutter; establishing rhythms and rituals for family experience and interactions; care-taking the space for attention and connection within families; and limiting the distractions and complications of mainstream media that often lead to over-stimulation and anxiety. His book Simplicity Parenting has been an influential cornerstone for many families trying to strengthen and streamline their children’s lives and protect the developmental focus and needs of kids as they grow.

Here Kim John Payne reflects on the question “What is appropriate exposure for my child?”

See his video presentation at http://youtu.be/Jr4tjJ9wfDc

A consultant and trainer to over 110 U.S. independent and public schools, Kim John Payne, M.ED, has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He regularly gives key note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and training’s around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced simple life brings.