Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
Kim John Payne, M. Ed., with Lisa M. Ross
Our daughter-in-law, Kaye Lathe, is not only a librarian by profession, she is also the mother of our twin granddaughters, Margot and Remy. She wrote the review below which I found to be so immediate and to-the-point, that rather than write my own review, I will share her’s with you here. My only added comment: Everything she says is true and awaiting your own discovery. I can’t recommend this book highly enough!
It’s a rarity when you read some sort of improvement book, and actually take action immediately after reading it. I’d have to say that this is the first time ever that I’ve delved into action mid-book! This book is prescriptive and addresses how to incorporate simplicity and routine into your child’s life, whether you and your partner both have busy careers, or if you are a stay at home caregiver. Simplicity Parenting deals with simplifying your child’s environment (which may calm an anxious child), but it also delves into the issue of sports and children, busy schedules, and how to give your child the right amount of information. It may be the only behavior parenting book you will ever need. Ultimately, it is a guide to how less is more, in terms of toys, television, engagements, and explanations. It also shows how easily the adult world can encroach into the world of children, and serves as a reminder that even if your child can understand/participate/own, it doesn’t necessarily mean he or she should. Academically, that makes sense, but Simplicity Parenting is prescriptive, and will help the reader to sort out the application of how to simplify your environment, for both you and your family.