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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,455 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim John Payne Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781452675817
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Today's busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. 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.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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Brilliant, wise, informative, innovative, entertaining, and urgently needed . . . a doable plan for providing the kind of childhood kids desperately need today! Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happines
  • “This book is a wake-call for all of us who have misjudged what children need and can handle.”

    Steve Biddulph, bestselling author of The Secret of Happy Children

  • “Though simplicity parenting may seem a stretch for some, others will find that Payne’s program for restoring creative play, order, and balance is long overdue.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Brilliant, wise, informative, innovative, entertaining, and urgently needed…a doable plan for providing the kind of childhood kids desperately need today!”

    Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happines

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nidhi | 2/15/2014

    " Loved every word. Such a wonderful and simple answer to today's hurried lifestyle. It's the only parenting book that I will read again and again because I think we can always make more, little, simple changes to make life happier. If you try to implement everything at once, you'll probably increase your stress. Just do one suggestion every couple months. It's totally worth it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 2/15/2014

    " Highly recommend this one to all parents. Very good ideas for simplifying our children's lives, and also the research behind why we should do so! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisonk12 | 2/14/2014

    " Over all, I loved the message of this book. Less is more. Less stuff, less noise, less TV, less organized activities (sports, etc). Truly this book is about simplicity in parenting! :) The beginning section of this book talked a lot about ADD and ADHD which I skimmed through or skipped all together as it's not something I was after. Good parenting advice! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/3/2014

    " Interesting take on how too much stuff and too many activities affect us and our kids. I didn't agree with all of it, but some of it made a lot of sense in ways I hadn't considered before. Motivated me to clean my house and get rid of some stuff! :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadya | 2/2/2014

    " Precious insights. Very well written, reads like a breeze. I appreciated all the research information just as much as the inspirational personal stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 1/30/2014

    " Fabulous, albeit a little heavy-handed. Five stars for an important message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/25/2014

    " AMAZING! I wish this could be mandatory reading for EVERYONE considering parenthood. It really drives home the fact that kids don't need so much stuff, so many structured activities, and so much stimulation. They need routine, quality time alone, quality time with parents, and space to be CHILDREN. The tips in this book are geared towards parents, but they really hold true for anyone looking to live a more balanced, less stressful life. A lot of the stuff I already knew, but it was helpful to see it outlined so clearly, and with concrete examples for implementation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/25/2014

    " Very useful book-but be warned the author is verbose and repetitive. Despite that, I enjoyed his ideas and solutions muchly! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy Boman | 1/19/2014

    " I could not find a book that better represents my parenting philosophy. It validated some of my own feelings and concerns about raising children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/7/2014

    " Probably one of the best parenting books I've read: whittle down the number of toys you have, do notoverschedule the kids, create ways to give your kids a "big picture" of how their day will go, don't overexplain things, create family rhythms, etc. Excellent!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emilydodge | 12/21/2013

    " This book says exactly how I want to parent my kids, and I'm trying to. I recommend it to any parent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karin | 12/13/2013

    " The message of this book is phenomenal and confirms a lot of the things I already believe about raising my son. It is slightly repetitive but if you can overlook that, the book has some important ideas for simplifying the life of your child and yourself! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 9/26/2013

    " Some good ideas but very hard to read. I didn't like the voice of the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan D. Neal | 8/17/2013

    " Very thought-provoking book. I can see the logic of what he proposes and the ideas have true merit. I have been mulling them over and over in my mind. I really liked reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Pehnec | 7/16/2013

    " I really just skimmed this book as it's not really new information to me, but the author presents it nicely and it's good to be reminded. I'm reading Sharifa Oppenheimer's book now and like it a bit more because she gives a little more about developmental stages and what's appropriate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaDonna | 6/14/2013

    " I am so happy with our path to simplifying. The peace and calm is coming! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Bales | 9/9/2012

    " A guide to raising kids in this frenetic, modern, material-possession-obsessed world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/20/2012

    " This book is on my short list for parenting. The only reason I couldn't give it 5 stars is that I disagree with the author on several different points, mostly in regards to worldview. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amie | 3/19/2012

    " Good advice to keep yourself in check and teach your kids not to "keep up with the Jones's" mindframe that is very easy to fall into. "

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