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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 guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lifelong art of raising children.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; unknown edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345507983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345507983
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great ideas, lacks evidence

One person found this helpful.
 on December 27, 2017
By Britt C.
I think if you have a minimalist lifestyle (or wannabe) then I think this book will confirm your views. If you do not, then I’m not sure if this book will convince you due to the lack of evidence Presented. The authors are inspired by waldorf education approach so may be of interest to those considering a waldorf school. I’m knocking off one star because it didn’t really pull on any childhood development studies to support claims. I also later went to the website and they are starting a consulting service. Nothing against them for that, but explains perhaps why some parts of the book don’t explain the “how-to” for the approaches.

Absolutely a must read book for every parent!

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 8, 2015
By Rachel
This book is in my top 3 of “must read” books. If ever parent would read this book – the world would be a better place. It explains why less is more and gives practical tips on how you can change your everyday life to accommodate your child’s needs. It was a big eye opener for me and I adjusted a lot of things in our home after reading it. Don’t hesitate – read it!

Has made me a calmer, happier, yet more effective and aware parent

382 people found this helpful.
 on February 22, 2011
By TC
As a clinical psychologist, and mother to an 18-month old, I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. Since becoming pregnant, I have felt this certain ‘pressure’ to do do do for my child. Intuitively, I felt that it was too much, both for me and my child.This book helped me see how it was too much. My favorite part of course, as with everyone else, is the chapter on toys. I got rid of (put away) all toys that did not sustain my daughter’s attention or were just plain annoying! I am trying to minimize the amount of toys, keep an open space, and buy only toys that stimulate her imagination. What I am finding is that I am a lot more interested in her world because of this (what adult can really stand Elmo for too long). I have backed off from feeling that I need to play with her, and as a result, am more calm and aware of her. We also started integrating a day of the week (sundays) where my husband and I do not use the internet or tv. We found ourselves feeling calmer and feeling more bonded as a family. There are probably a million more things that I could say about this book, but the bottom line: do not hyperparent (or your child will end up in my office with anxiety or related concern), keep things calm, get rid of ugly or loud plastic toys, and get out into nature! Read this book:-)

I love how nice this book is to read

 on December 15, 2017
By AmazonMom
A very thoughtful book on how to raise children. I love how nice this book is to read. Its gentle without being demanding or persecutory. Kim John Payne does a wonderful job of showing why raising children with simplicity in mind, is important. This book is an outline of my “Mom Goals.”

Parent must have

One person found this helpful.
 on December 14, 2017
By Irishka
I was looking how to eliminate and simplify and came across this book. I got an audio version. It is very easy to listen. The voice is pleasant and info is very informative. Love the book.

It’s a great book IMHO because it not only does a good …

One person found this helpful.
 on December 12, 2017
By Catherine
This book is a breath of fresh air and I deeply connect with the over all message. It’s a great book IMHO because it not only does a good job at presenting the theory but it’s also incredibly practical.

book could be streamlined

12 people found this helpful.
 on November 13, 2015
By L. Milby
I love the principals of the book and have implemented a lot of them with success. However, this book was tough to read and I found myself putting the book down repeatedly or skipping pages…

Great parenting book for today’s busy world

5 people found this helpful.
 on October 7, 2016
By Sweet Caroline
I found out about this book from reading “Oh Crap, Potty Training”. I really like the concepts and agree with his methodology. One of the ideas I implemented right away was to reduce the number of toys in our kids’ playroom. He explains today’s kids are overstimulated and we, as parents, need to simplify in many ways. Reducing the clutter and number of toys is one way. Another way is to become less busy and have less chaotic schedules. He provides great examples and success stories. I would definitely recommend.

An essential book

4 people found this helpful.
 on December 9, 2013
By Catarina Donda
One of the best books for parents ever. The author analyses why our culture of “too much” (too much stuff, too many choices, too much information, too much speed) is overwhelming and stressing our children, while negatively affecting their development. Besides, he shows how we can protect chidlhood and provide our family with a more gratifying and richer environment through simplicity, decluttering our homes, minds and schedules. Everyone who is raising or thinking about starting a family should read it.

Five Stars

 on December 16, 2017
By Seattle Nurse
If only more parents read this book…