Hi moms (and soon-to-be-moms, and future moms, and people in general), I’m going to read this book, are you interested?
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.
Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Jo recommended this book on her blog a few months back, and I saved it on my wishlist for the summer. (Since nothing says a steamy summer read like a parenting book.)
Let’s shoot to finish it by the end of July and meet at a Starbucks (or bar) to talk. For my long-distance friends, maybe a few Skype chats to discuss? Leave a comment below or send me a message/email if you’re interested!