About Simplicity Parenting

Imagine your life… with a sense of ease as you begin to limit distractions and say no to too much, too fast, too soon.

Today’s busier, faster, supersized society is waging an undeclared war . . . on childhood.

As the pace of life accelerates to hyperspeed – with too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time – children feel the pressure. They can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems.  Now, in defense of the extraordinary power of less, internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need, allowing their children’s attention to focus and their individuality to flourish.

Based on over twenty years’ experience successfully counseling busy families, Simplicity Parenting teaches parents how to worry and hover less-and how to enjoy more. For those who want to slow their children’s lives down but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change.

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We hope you’ll join us for our soon-to-start Soul of Discipline: Guidance and Discipline in the First Nine Years 8-module online course, taught by Kim John Payne.  You can find out more about the course in this short video by clicking here.  (Enrollment information will pop up 30 seconds into the video.)

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Our Newsletter

We are proud to sponsor Screen Free Week and dedicate this newsletter to screen-free inspiration and resources for families.   As Kim put it so beautifully, “Are we Anti Screen? No….We are Pro Human Relationship.”  Think you might try Screen-Free Week this year? A digital detox is a is a great way to step back, re-evaluate screen habits, and deepen those most important relationships in our lives.

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SP Coach Training

Become part of a growing international movement to support parents in protecting their families from the stresses of modern life. Simplicity Parenting Coaches offer group gatherings and workshops to parents in their local communities on the themes of Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting. The Coach Training is designed for anyone with a deep desire to help families, parents, and children.

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Blog of Encouragement

It always begins the same way: a small voice insisting “This way!” often accompanied by a firm pull of the hand. Even if I wanted to, it would be hard to say no to my regular evening walks with my two-year-old son.  Because this is no ordinary walk – it’s to a bridge that runs over a railroad track, allowing us to “watch trains.” But I’ve found a simple pleasure in our walks there and back, even if they sometimes make us late for dinner.   With their curiosity and short attention spans, toddlers are the spokespeople for valuing the journey as much as the destination.  Our first stop is in front of our neighbor’s bush, where we’ve seen a […]

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About Kim John Payne

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, researcher, education and a private family counselor for twenty seven years.

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Care Professionals: 6 CE Workshop

Family therapists, social workers, educators, and other professionals working with children and families are finding that the Simplicity Parenting approach offers lasting benefits to their clients and their practice by supporting more sustainable change in families’ everyday lives. The Simplicity Parenting model offers a refreshing lens with accessible and practical strategies that parents and other caregivers find empowering and truly doable. This six-hour workshop will prepare you to apply Simplicity Parenting principles and practices in your professional work with children and families.

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FREE Simplicity Starter Kit

Take the first step toward simplicity by signing up for our free 
Simplicity Starter Kit
. It includes:

  • Family Life Streams Audio by Kim John Payne. This audio will provide you with an overview of how modern day families have become deluged with an onslaught of “more” and how they can discover a shift towards less.
  • Monthly you will receive the Simplicity Parenting e-News. The email newsletter will provide you with an overview of what is happening around the globe with this inspiring movement.
  • Plus! Receive a link to an excerpt of the Introduction of the book  Simplicity Parenting so you can begin to understand the need to simplify and the positive impact it can have on your family!
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Upcoming Events

7:00 pm Freeport, ME
Freeport, ME
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Social Inclusion:  Breaking the Patterns of Bullying and Teasing.  A talk open to the public hosted by the Maine Coast Waldorf School.
7:00 pm New York City
New York City
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Raising Waldorf Children in a Smart Phone World. A lecture for the parents and friends of the Rudolf Steiner School of New York City.
7:00 pm Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Simplicity Parenting:  A lecture open to the public.  Sponsored by the Detroit Waldorf School.
9:00 am Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Detroit Waldorf School is offering a public workshop with Kim John Payne. This workshop takes a deeper look into “Simplicity Parenting” in action, making a do-able plan that works for you.
3:49 pm Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL
Mar 12 @ 3:49 pm – 4:49 pm
The Soul of Discipline.  A lecture open to the public.  Hosted by the Urban Prairie Waldorf School.

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