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Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids Paperback – August 31, 2010
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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. 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.Paperback: 256 pagesPublisher: Ballantine Books (August 25, 2009)Size9-1/2" x 6-1/2"
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I live in a town with a gigantic popular mall, a famous mall even. All of my friends have children with hundreds of toys. Hundreds. When they come over, they always comment on how few toys we have, but even then we still had too many. Fighting consumerism that surrounds us is really hard, especially when you feel like the only one in your social group to be following ideas like in Payne's book.
While it was easy to implement many of the points in this book such as low TV use and lots of positive connecting with my kids, I always found it very difficult to limit the number of toys in the house. The author has this great part about using a "toy library", keeping out a handful of toys at a time. This part was the most difficult for me personally to follow. We love toys, or I guess, I love them more than the kids. We had 3 sets of grandparents and always got so many beautiful toys, they were very high quality toys, wooden/heirloom, etc. We also homeschooled for awhile and we are home a lot, so I always had out probably 3 to 4 times the amount of toys suggested by the author, which he suggests 10 toys total available for children to use.
I have finally done exactly what the book suggested after spending way too much time disagreeing with my kids about them picking up toys, asking for more toys when they have so many, and feeling upset that they have so many nice things and just never use them. We have exactly 10 toys out for my 5 and 1 year old to share during the day. Guess what? They actually play with these 10 things every day. Having out less toys, the first day my 5 year old engaged in creative play with her 1 year old sister for the first time. We play outside much more, even in the winter time. There is no struggle to show my 1 year old how to pick up 10 things. Actually, even if we had out maybe 5 toys, that would probably be enough to entertain them.
I think it's so tempting for parents to think, more options = more play. But it doesn't. I even put away a very expensive wooden kitchen play set and boxes of expensive legos, in favor of having out just 10 toys that we rotate every 2 weeks. So when the two weeks are up, we go to a small area in the basement and trade of for 10 other things. I can't believe how much easier our days are with less things! Great book, and these ideas actually work.