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Introduction to Simplicity Parenting by Kim Payne

Monday, September 30, 2013

This week we begin our journey through Kim Payne’s book, Simplicity Parenting. For those of you who are not familiar with Kim, he has over 25 years of experience as a family counselor and education consultant.  When he moved to England after working in Asia and Africa with families devastated by AIDS and war, he noticed that many children in the western world displayed the same stress symptoms as the children he worked with in these very difficult life circumstances.  He has conducted his own research which shows that the pace and stress of modern life can produce “cumulative stress disorder” in children and families. Studies have shown that children have lost more than 12 hours of free time a week in the last 20 years.  Kim talks about the 4 pillars of too much—too much stuff, too many choices, too much busyness and too much information from the adult world, including media. Through the book, he guides us through these areas, with humor and compassion, but also with lots of helpful examples and ideas.


One of the first things we do in a Simplicity Parenting Parent workshop is to think of a golden moment in our own childhood.  It can be a time when we were alone or with others, inside or out.  I would invite you to think of a moment from your childhood that was golden.  Then, I would invite you to ask yourself what qualities that moment had. 


Next week we will look at the first chapter, “Why simplify?” If you choose to make some changes in your home life, it is good to consider what is important and what is doable—and choose what is doable!  We will talk about this more as time goes on.  It is also important to work with your spouse or partner if you have one.  This work is meant to bring families closer together.


Imagine your home as place where time moves a little more slowly...
Imagine making time for fun, connection, relaxing .......
Imagine that your love will accommodate your child’s acting out without you losing
your cool.....
Imagine your child’s room uncluttered, peaceful......
Imagine your family’s days acquiring a sense of order, rhythm and flow...
Imagine your child having unscheduled time every day to daydream and play....
Imagine what is said at home becoming more kind, true and necessary...
Imagine using “unplugged” time for the family to be together…

Simplicity Parenting can support you in creating the family life you want.  I look forward to exploring it with you.