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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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• 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.
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.
“A wealth of practical ideas for reclaiming childhood and establishing family harmony.”—Publishers Weekly
“Brilliant.”—Grand Rapids Press
“[Payne is] like a master closet reorganizer for the soul.”—Time
“This book is a wake-call for all of us who have misjudged what children need and can handle, and who have wandered so far from the best practices that we are raising neurologically damaged and emotionally stunted human beings as a result. Simplicity Parenting arises from dialogues with real people, from their questions and their needs. Kim John Payne is sharp, funny, and wise, and—best of all—he has something shattering but positive to say to an America that is struggling to know how to live.”—Steve Biddulph, author of The Secret of Happy Children
“If you are raising children in these anxious times, you need this book. It will inspire you, reassure you, and, most important of all, it will remind you that less is more, that simplicity trumps complication, that rhythm and routine bring peace to the soul. In this profound and practical guide, Kim John Payne offers parents a doable, step-by-step approach to simplifying everyday family life, from the toy box to the dinner table. In the process, he reveals to us the rewards to be found in slowing down, savoring our children’s childhoods, and more fully enjoying our own adult lives.”—Katrina Kenison, author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day
“Simplicity Parenting takes the unusual and unusually wise stance that sometimes less can be more. Less as in less frenetic activity, less racing around, less clutter. Payne provides practical strategies for turning down the volume and creating a pace that fosters calmness, mindfulness, reflection, and individuality in children.Simplicity Parenting should be on every parent’s (indeed, every person’s) reading list.”—Kathleen A. Brehony, Ph.D., author of Awakening at Midlife
“Kim John Payne helps parents better understand one of the most challenging issues of our time–the hurried, materialistic, competitive, highly pressured nature of today’ s childhood. After reading Simplicity Parenting, parents’ new mantra will be ‘less builds security, sanity, and connection.’ And they will have the tools they need for implementing this mantra in their families.”—Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., co-author of So Sexy So Soon
About the Author
Lisa M. Ross has been involved with books for more than twenty years, as an editor and literary agent, and now exclusively as a writer. She lives with her husband and two children in Stuyvesant, New York.
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; 53651st edition (August 31, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345507983
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345507983
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.17 x 0.84 x 7.96 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the negative reviews here: I would agree some topics were lengthy, and I got the point pretty early in the chapter, so I skimmed and took what I needed out of that section, however, others might need many examples, so I wasn't bothered by it. The section on toys/things however, I could NOT put the book down. There were extreme examples, like getting rid of all the TVs, but in that example, this little boy was extremely anxious because of all the news the parents were watching. So I think the parents chose to get rid of the TVs for their sake as well because they were addicted to watching the news. The author is very good at pointing out, you need to use your brain to figure out any issues in your household, and that guidelines are guidelines.
Regarding the negative reviews that it's too long or could be a short essay... I think to present this information in that way would be inconsistent with the heart and nature of it. The length of the book and usage of stories is, I think, an act in itself in slowing down and letting an idea soak in. Don't read it in a hurry or try to power through it - it's not that kind of book. It's better read as a slow guide that redirects the heart, not tactical field instructions.
Only two slight criticisms of the book: First (and less significant) are some of the metaphors used throughout. Some of them just made no sense to me. They were short and interjected without redirecting the book, so they didn't derail anything, but they tended to upset the relaxed reading as I had to re-read and wonder if I missed a page. Don't get hung up on these.
The second item that could make the book slightly more helpful and practical would be more age-specific information. As a parent of a 2 year old and a newborn, I realize that some of the things might not yet apply. But I'm not entirely confident of that. For instance, I love his stance on the value of boredom and how it leads to creative, unstructured play. But the running question as I read it was if it was appropriate for a 2 year old, or if that's something to ease into later? Maybe a short chapter or even a chart of child development along side these ideas would be all it would take.
In the end, A+.