Simple Families offers solutions for living well with children. In this show, we focus on minimalism with kids, positive parenting, family wellness and decreasing the mental load. As a Mama with a doctorate in Child Development, Denaye’s perspectives are grounded in research, but more importantly real life.
Live Recording: Your Simplicity Questions
Today I'm bringing you a live recording -- Your simplicity questions answered!
Back to Baseline
We just moved into a new house. We’ve been renting for almost a year and found a permanent spot right down the road. Even though it’s not a far move, it’s been a big move. Big life transitions like this can feel really out of control. There’s always unexpected stress. Unexpected tasks. Unexpected emotions.
If it feels like you are constantly “Putting out fires”. Jumping from one crisis to the next. Like parenting is one big uphill climb—you can never find that easy, flat road. You don’t feel like you have a baseline to return to in times of struggle. Then this episode is for you.
Back-to-school season can feel busy and stressful--especially this year. In today's episode I'm answering some of your back-to-school questions. Heads up, next week I'll be starting a one-week special offer on Simple Families Foundations.
Hear the Message
As adults we are accustomed to a certain type of communication. Usually, it involves spoken word and it’s fairly civilized. That’s not always the case when it comes to communicating with our kids.
Our children are still developing the ability to regulate their emotions and tolerate frustrating circumstances. The result is that often they communicate with more emotion than we are used to as adults. Kids get louder and more excited. Kids often get angrier and yell more. They get sad and cry more.
These big emotions can be very triggering for us as parents. And what happens is that we get upset about the way our child is communicating and we completely lose sight of the message they are trying to get across. And when we miss the message, things tend to escalate. Things tend to spiral.
We all need to move. But in this busy world, it doesn't seem easy to make time and space for movement. As our culture has become more sedentary, this topic is increasingly important for all humans--but especially for parents. Our children's brains develop through movement. My guest today is Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement. Katy is sharing a bit about the history of movement and how changes in our society has shifted our natural tendencies. We are talking about her new book Grow Wild and how to get kids moving outside--even when there is a lot of whining!
Links to Katy Bowman
* Katy's Website* Katy on Instagram* Grow Wild (new book)* Katy's previous books
Start The Day
Starting the day...it can feel like a lot. It can be busy and overwhelming. There are so many things that need to get done and so little time to do them all. I know in many parts of the world people are preparing to go back into the world and back to school. Maybe you've had a break from the morning hustle and you are about to get back into the swing of things. Or maybe the morning hustle has been just that--a hustle--for too long and you are looking for some harmony. That's what we are talking about today.
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I love this podcast. It is one of my favourites and after listening for a couple of years and reading Denaye’s book I thought I better write a review! Denaye delivers wonderful, practical advice about parenting and minimalism in a way which is really easy to listen to and relate to. Just listening to it makes me feel calmer and her advice is always actionable and non judgmental. We are minimalists (getting there) and peaceful parents and it can sometimes feel as though we are swimming against the current. This podcast gives me the pick me up I need sometimes and the confidence to carry on!
A fantastic resource
Fantastic resource, thank you so much for sharing your invaluable and relevant knowledge.
Relevant, insightful and on point!
This podcast is an invaluable resource for any parent with young children. Denaye has so much knowledge and insight. She has really helped me grow in confidence as a mother and I don’t know where I would be without her! Denaye is a delight to listen to. The topics that she covers are all so relevant to parenting right now.
Denaye is a skilled interviewer. The guests that she invites on to the podcast have been so interesting and help to cover such a huge range of topics.
I am so grateful for you Denaye, you are my hero! Keep up the good work.