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Simplicity Parenting Review

Helpful and inspiring advice on how to simplify all aspects of family life
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Simplicity Parenting
Credit: Kim John Payne, M.Ed and Lisa M. Ross
Price:  $15 List
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Manufacturer:   Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross
By Juliet Spurrier, MD ⋅ Mom-in-Chief  ⋅  May 23, 2013

Our Analysis

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne, M.Ed. and Lisa M. Ross is a refreshing look at parenting in today's speedy, materialistic and chaotic world. Influenced by the philosophy of the late 19th/early 20th century Austrian educator Rudolph Steiner (which he called "anthroposophy") and the Waldorf Schools, Simplicity Parenting takes a studied look at how to slow down, appreciate the wonder and beauty of childhood, and bring peace and seasonal traditions into the home.

You don't have to be a follower of Rudolph Steiner or have a child in a Waldorf school to see the value in this 258-page book published in 2009; it's really for anyone who is searching for some ideas and ways to raise children more consciously, calmly, and playfully. We think this a motivating resource for bringing more joy and reverence into the family home.


The most commonly cited likes for this product are:

  • Chapter 2 about getting rid of "stuff" and toys is especially helpful
  • Useful and motivating information
  • Practical
  • Meaningful


User reviews frequently note these disadvantages:

  • Writing may be a bit verbose

Juliet Spurrier, MD

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