338 episodes

Simple Families offers solutions for living well with children. In this show, we focus on child behavior, 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.

Simple Families Denaye Barahona Ph.D.

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 1K Ratings

Simple Families offers solutions for living well with children. In this show, we focus on child behavior, 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.

    Consequences

    Consequences

    You should know this by now. I’ve asked you a hundred times. How could you forget? 
    Today we are going to talk about consequences, punishment, and discipline. How do we raise kids to take ownership and care for themselves and their belongings? Today I’m going to give you some things to think about and some things to do. 
    This is a rebroadcast of Simple Families Podcast's most downloaded episodes. Take a listen again - you can really get new insights from with each phase of parenting.
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    • 27 min
    Life Updates w/ Denaye

    Life Updates w/ Denaye

    Today, I'm bringing you a much-requested life update episode. In the past year I've moved off social media and have limited how much I share publicly on a day-to-day basis. As my kids grow and establish their own identities, this has been a change that feels right for our family. But today, I will update you on home, work, family, and also tell you about my new health routine.
    Links from the episode

    Simple Families Podcast Episode 302: Analog Curious Part I


    Simple Families Podcast Episode 303: Analog Curious Part II


    Simple Families Podcast Episode 304: Analog Curious Part III


    Simple Families Podcast Episode 150: Au Pair Insights


    Simple Families Podcast Episode 184: Year Without Alcohol


    Simple Families Podcast Episode 251: Downsizing


    Bandolier

    Rent the Runway


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    • 25 min
    Maternal Overwhelm ft. Erica Djossa

    Maternal Overwhelm ft. Erica Djossa

    Today, I am speaking with the Founder of MomWell (formerly Happy as a Mother) Erica Djossa, who you may recognize from viral her maternal mental health memes on Instagram. Erica is a psychotherapist whose work on social media focuses on strategies to cope with the emotional load of motherhood.
    Links from the episode

    Erica Djossa's website: MomWell


    MomWell Podcast: Spotify


    MomWell Podcast episode with Denaye: Minimizing Mental Clutter


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    • 40 min
    When Worry Works ft. Dr. Dana Dorfman

    When Worry Works ft. Dr. Dana Dorfman

    I don't know about you, but parent anxiety seems to surround me at every turn. In today's episode, I'm chatting with Dr. Dana Dorfman, author of the new book, When Worry Works. Dana explains that even though anxiety is an unavoidable part of parenting today, we can turn our unique parenting anxiety patterns into an advantage, instead of a liability.

    Links from the episode

    Dr. Dorfman's Website

    When Worry Works


    Quiz: Identify your anxiety type

    Simple Families Episode 340: How to Raise an Adult ft. Julie Lythcott-Haims


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    • 52 min
    How to Raise an Adult ft. Julie Lythcott-Haims

    How to Raise an Adult ft. Julie Lythcott-Haims

    Overparenting is a pervasive practice in our society today. My guest Julie Lythcott-Haims identified over-parented students in her former role as the Dean of Freshman and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University and wrote the NYT best-selling book How to Raise an Adult, and later Your Turn: How to be an Adult.
    Links from the episode

    Julie Lythcott-Haims: Website


    Julie Lythcott-Haims: Instagram


    How to Raise an Adult

    Your Turn: How to be an Adult

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    • 49 min
    Music ft. Heather Watson Hardie

    Music ft. Heather Watson Hardie

    Music is one of life's simple pleasures that unites cultures and ages. Through my kid's Suzuki classes, I've found, music can teach big life lessons too. In this episode, I am speaking to Heather Watson Hardie about her musical journey as a child, a music teacher, and now a parent.
    Links from the episode

    Heather's Music School: Greenwhich Suzuki Academy


    What is the Suzuki Method?

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

laurenfeng12 ,

Mentorship in Motherhood - loved it!

Just listened to the episode with Deborah Porter. I have been a long-time listener and follower of simple families and this is one of my fav eps of all time. Ms Porter drops these casually awesome gems of motherhood advice left and right - I wish I could hang out with her and just soak up all her wisdom. As a new mother during the pandemic I also really appreciated the moments of empathy toward new pandemic moms. As always, thank you Denaye!

Amandab915541 ,

Great content but out-of-touch

I really enjoy the message and content of this podcast. The interviews are done well and are relevant to lots of people! Lots of great content about simplifying many aspects of life with kids. However, her most recent life-update episode rubbed me the wrong way. She does, to her credit, acknowledge her privilege and luck several times throughout the episode, but speaking of full-home renovations, hiring an au pair, and month-long vacation in Mexico seems a bit out-of-touch. I’d say the vast majority of listeners can’t afford these things, and the way she talks about these things makes it sound like these are totally normal things. I’ll continue listening for the content, but will take everything with a grain of salt.

RM2018 ,

Look forward

I have been following this show for years and am so thankful for all the topics and insight covered! Only constructive feedback I can give is that the shorter episodes were easier to get to and digest (20-30 min), I’ve found myself not starting the longer ones as fast as I don’t have an hour solid to give to a show on a daily basis and I do like to listen in one setting to really ponder the concepts!

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