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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

Less really does equal more

 on February 16, 2018
By Amh3
I read this book about 4 years ago, when my middle child was around 1 year old. I now have 3 kids, ages 7, 5 and 1 year. So, I’ve been using these principles found in the book for just about 4 years. It really works.

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

 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:-)

Must read for any parent.

 on May 9, 2017
By Stacie St. Germaine
We have been having struggles with a defiant 10 year old and this book has really opened my eyes. The book could be describing her in some parts. I can see where we have been going down the wrong path and it’s hard to put into words how much I appreciate someone being able to show us the right path. For years we blindly accepted what we were told by media and even other parents and never realizing the damage we were doing to our family. I just wish I had known about this book 10 years ago but am grateful I have it now. I had already decluttered our home so it was nice to have a head start. Without sounding hokey, this book has changed our lives.

Great ideas, lacks evidence

 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.

I wish I had read this sooner

 on September 27, 2017
By Amber Carter
I have felt so many of these things, as a parent, but wasn’t sure if I was just weird…desiring to approach things more simply…but what do you do with birthday parties and the loads of presents from family artery Christmas…what about the pressures for your 4 year old to play multiple sports? This book is so good and I truly wish I had read it when my first son was born…things might have been easier. I plan to buy it for my brother when their baby is born.

Absolutely a must read book for every parent!

 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!

Wonderful book!

 on October 9, 2017
By Hannah
Practical, kind and insightful. This is almost like a guide that gives you steps for simplifying your child’s life. I appreciate this book so much, especially as my kids are still small and we’re still creating the climate of our childrens’ childhoods.

Beautiful book

 on April 15, 2018
By MidnightSun
This book clicked on so many levels with me.

book could be streamlined

 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…

Less IS more, even for kids

 on May 13, 2017
By Rebecca Myer
Remember the joy and simplicity of childhood? This book helps you create that for your kids, even in this crazy world, by reframing your assumptions of family life. We intentionally simplified the toy room and book shelf and were amazed at the more engaged play.