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.

Give Simplicity a try!


Kim John Payne





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The Surprising Power of Doing Less
For Our Children To Achieve More

AN INTERVIEW with The Institute for Marriage and Families Canada.
Part One of a beautifully written and in depth article in this prestigious publication.





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Overwhelm of Boys Trailer from Kim John Payne on Vimeo.


Our Newsletter

Our February newsletter is all about Birthdays.  Birthday celebrations can be simple, joyous events which reflect your family’s values and bring greater connection.  Though our culture pushes families to celebrate in ways that are too big, too hard on the budget, too stressful for parents (and children), we are free to choose a different way.  If you are looking for meaning-filled (and fun!) traditions to honor the lives of the ones you love, you will find many ideas here!

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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

Ten Tenets of a Balanced Whole Youth Sports Experience Consider these principles to provide an ideal balance of active and educational play and foster a healthy mix of mental and physical development in your child athlete each year. 1. Play one sport per season. When a child plays more than one sport, she often ends up with little free time. Kids need downtime to exhale, regroup and recharge emotionally. They also need to rest and recover physically from training and, of course, time to properly focus on school work. What’s more, a cluttered athletic schedule impinges on all-important family time, essential to the development of healthy, supportive family ties. The bottom line: a kid should be able to fully enjoy […]

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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 Denver, CO
Denver, CO
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Simplicity Parenting:  A lecture open to the public.
7:00 pm Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs, CO
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lecture: Inclusion in Social and Discipline Dynamics
6:30 pm Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Simplicity Parenting:  A lecture open to the public.
7:00 pm Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Simplicity Parenting:  A lecture open to the public.
6:30 pm Sacramento, CA
Sacramento, CA
Apr 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A lecture open to the public.

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Stories from the Heart of Parenting