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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Overwhelm of Boys Trailer from Kim John Payne on Vimeo.


Our Newsletter

Our January newsletter focuses on learning compassion for ourselves as we seek to make change in our families.  Simplifying is a process and journey!  Enjoy this message of encouragement…

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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

I hope yesterday’s post gave you some good food for thought around your family’s screen time and steps you can take to get more in charge of it! Here is the second part of my list: Do real work in the presence of your children. Real work is this: washing dishes, sweeping the kitchen, folding laundry, making soup, etc.  Seeing us do actual, physical work – with results they can see – inspires our children to do their work (play!). Bring back car games! Don’t turn on that DVD player while driving.  Staring out the window is a great time for that essential part of childhood – daydreaming.  Or being bored.  Or finding all the letters of the alphabet on license […]

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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!
Yes, I want the Simplicity Starter Kit!

Upcoming Events

10:15 am Rye, NY @ Rye Country Day School
Rye, NY @ Rye Country Day School
Apr 30 @ 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Simplicity Parenting:  Sponsored by the Rye Country Day School’s Family Wellness Day.
7:00 pm Wellesley, MA
Wellesley, MA
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Simplicity Parenting.  A lecture sponsored by the Wellesley Mother Forum.
6:30 pm New Paltz, NY @ Studley Theatre, SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, NY @ Studley Theatre, SUNY New Paltz
May 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Loving Limits in a Digital Age:  A public lecture sponsored by The Wild Earth Education Center and Mountain Laurel Waldorf School.  All welcome
1:30 pm Sun Valley ID
Sun Valley ID
May 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Being the Human You Want To Be:  Finding Your Own Voice: A public workshop sponsored by the Sun Valley Wellness Festival Facilitators: Kim John Payne and the singer/writer Jewel
6:30 pm Ketchum, ID @ The Community School
Ketchum, ID @ The Community School
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Simplicity Parenting.  A public lecture sponsored by The Community School.

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Kim John Payne reguarly gives lectures to social groups, schools, and various civil associations.
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