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 counselor Kim John Payne and the team at Simplicity Parenting help you reclaim for your children – for your whole family – the space and freedom we all need.  This simplifying path allows kids individuality to shine and their attention flourish.  It builds a safe, warm and secure family base camp from which a child can launch out into the world with resiliency. The Simplicity Parenting approach is based on over thirty years’ experience successfully supporting busy families.  It helps you in making small doable changes, worry less – and enjoy more. For those who want to balance their children’s lives down but don’t know where to start, Simplicity Parenting offers both inspiration and a blueprint for change. We invite you to give Simplicity Parenting a try! On the behalf of the world wide Simplicity Parenting community… Welcome.

Kim John Payne


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On this new site you will find much that will enliven and support you on your parenting journey.  Frequent blog posts, interviews, short audio and video’s and a forum for parent exchange.  Topics such as keeping rhythm healthy during vacations, bringing partners and extended family along with you, how to reduce screen time are featured.  You will find  a deeper dive into many of the topics that you may know about from reading Kim’s books Simplicity Parenting and The Soul of Discipline. We’ll be adding more content as our Community Area develops and as you let us know what you’d like to see here.

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Community Area

This Month’s Themes:  Our boys need time. What better way to take on this task, then to recognize the point of the year where time slows down. This month, as a gift for our community members, we will be featuring the full length viewing of The Overwhelm of Boys. A presentation by Kim filmed by the acclaimed Paul Zeher at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed auditorium in Marin CA.

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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

Kim John Payne has been quietly and passionately working to help tens of thousands of people give voice to the feeling that something is not okay about the new normal of overwhelm that so many people are now experiencing. He offers do-able ways to realize the hopes and values we all have for ourselves, and build deep connections with our children that gives families resiliency and simple joy.

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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

4:00 pm Simplicity Parenting Family Life...
Simplicity Parenting Family Life...
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Family Life Coach Training Fall 2016 Begins September 24 2016 Ends November 19 2016 Lead by our Training Director, Davina Muse LMHC.

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