As some of you know, I’m a HUGE fan of Simplicity Parenting and Kim John Payne. His message is very…well…simple:
Sometimes in order to truly connect with our children through play we first must identify how we can slow down enough to do it. Which is why I love the work of Kim John Payne and his staff. I was introduced to the Simplicity Parenting concepts by the director at my daughter’s preschool in 2010, and I can’t even begin to describe how it changed my life and that of my family. We’ve simplified our home, our family rhythm, our schedules, our meals, and, of course, our play.
Here at Play At Home Mom we have all three written about some of the important Simplicity concepts, including simplifying the playroom, simplifying clothing and the environment, and simplifying meals. We’ve written an article about slowing down, offered giveaways for creating a rhythms with our children, and written countless other blogs on the importance of simply slowing down and being with our children (see links to all these blogs at the bottom).
Now, I’ll be the first to admit I find myself needing to “reset” my consumerism, our schedules, our home and what seems like everything sometimes – I’m not perfect; it’s as if I suddenly stand up in the fog of life and say, “how did I get here again?” I’ve let life take over and it’s time to simplify it again. I’ve found that having a goal sometimes means changing a habit, and for me this means falling off the path and finding my way back…over and over again. And in the world simplifying Kim offers practical tools to help me find my way back to my path within the reality I live.
So when my friend Traci McGrath contacted me to let me know Kim John Payne is offering an 8-week webinar beginning in January, I jumped at the opportunity to both sign up for the webinar and promote it. In Traci’s words, ”This is Simplicity Parenting taken to a deeper level, with plenty of practical application, and opportunities for parents to ask questions and have them answered by Kim himself.” Which is exactly the support I need to further my goal. Here are the topics:
- Gift-Quirk-Disorder Spectrum: how to move your child’s quirks towards their gifts and away from potential behavioral and disicpline problems
- Soul Fever: How to cool the “soul fever” many children and families experience.
- Decluttering the Environment: Gain support to simplify books, clothes, toys, lighting, noise etc.
- Strengthen Rhythm & Predictability: Experience the powerful and soothing effects on the whole family when daily safety valves of rhythm are strengthened and made more predictable.
- Prioritizing Schedules: Receive support to dial back busyness and over scheduling. Rediscover the gift of boredom and the gift of anticipation.
- Screens…Filtering Out the Adult World: Taking a sensible and objective look at the effects of screen media and designing your own plan around what you feel is healthy.
- Adult Conversation…Filtering out the Adult World: Becoming increasingly aware of how to filter out the amount of adult conversation your child hears..
- How to Deal with Defiance and Intervene in Sibling Put-Downs
Kim John Payne’s webinar begins Tuesday, January 22, 2013 and will be presented live for 8 Tuesdays. It’s ok if you can’t attend live because each session will be recorded and a link emailed to you the same day. The cost of the 8-week webinar is currently $129 (regularly $159), which I think is a worthy investment.
For more information or to sign up for the webinar, please click here.
Here are the blog links I mentioned:
Simplifying the playroom here and here
Simplifying clothing and the environment
Giveaways for creating a rhythms with our children here and here.
Slowing down our daily rhythm