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As our lives have become a rush from one activity to another, it often feels that things are out of control. Our children feel the pressure and suffer -- they tantrum, they have trouble making friends, they start slipping at school. The architects of a family's daily lives, parents have the power slow things down -- literally and figuratively -- but they don't quite know where to start!

In SIMPLICITY PARENTING, Kim John Payne teaches us to reclaim a healthy pace and simpler systems for family life. An experienced school and family counselor, Payne outlines four steps that will help children feel calmer, happier, and more secure:

  • Step 1 Modify the Home: Simple changes can accommodate children's sensory needs, moods, and concentration. Here we learn to establish a "toy library" and other ways to simplify light, sound, and smells in the home (no architects or interior designers needed!)
  • Step 2 Alter Family Rhythms: Suggestions for increasing the predictability and transparency of daily life. Payne prescribes "pressure valves," daily moments for the release of tension, and he advises on battle-free routines for meals and bedtime.Step 3 Rethink Schedules: How to make children's schedules sustainable, with time to build inner resources --energy, interests, resiliency--as well as to expend them. Payne covers the pros and cons of organized sports (including info on what is the right activity for your child's developmental age), and gives special advice about easing transitions.
  • Step 4 Scale back on media and parental involvement: Back out of hyperparenting by managing your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless and sometimes scary deluge of information and stimulation.

 

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