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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.

    Over the Influence ft. Kara Alaimo

    Over the Influence ft. Kara Alaimo

    Most of us have a conflicted relationship with social media and online life. For today's episode I'm chatting with author Kara Alaimo. Kara's new book, Over the Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls - And How We Can Take it Back, debuts this month. In our conversation we are sifting through a variety of topics related to how we are influenced as parents and how we can be thoughtful when leading our children into a more mindful online space.
    Due to some sensitive content, this episode should be first previewed without young children present.
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    • 42 min
    Perfectionism ft. Clarissa Ong Ph.D.

    Perfectionism ft. Clarissa Ong Ph.D.

    The chances are good that you are familiar with perfectionism. Either you have experienced it yourself, you have a partner or parent with these tendencies, or perhaps you have a child touched by perfectionism. In today's episode, I'm chatting with Clarissa Ong Ph.D. She's a professor and the co-author of the book The Anxious Perfectionist: How to Manage Perfectionism-Driven Anxiety.
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    • 45 min
    Gifted and Distractible ft. Julie Skolnick

    Gifted and Distractible ft. Julie Skolnick

    There are many misconceptions about what it means to be 'gifted'. Today's guest, Julie Skolnick, explains to us that giftedness usually comes with considerable challenges. She also shares ideas and insight on how to support and educate children who are gifted, but also have challenges (sometimes called twice-exceptional). 
    LINKS



    Julie's Book, Gifted and Distractible




    Julie's Website, With Understanding Comes Calm




    Episode with Ross Greene, founder of CPS and author of The Explosive Child




    GHF Empowering Gifted Families




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    • 41 min
    Interracial Friendship

    Interracial Friendship

    Many of the guests on this show are authors—especially of non-fiction books. Although we often rely on non-fiction to teach us, sometimes the greatest lessons actually come through diving deeper into the life experiences of characters in a novel. Today, I’m speaking with authors Christine Platt and Catherine Wigginton Greene. Christine and Catherine have co-authored a brand new book that tells the story of an entertaining and thought-provoking interracial friendship between two mothers, De'Andrea and Rebecca. You can find Rebecca, Not Becky anywhere books are sold. 
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    • 41 min
    Building Community ft. Michelle Kennedy

    Building Community ft. Michelle Kennedy

    Once upon a time, building a village to raise a family probably felt simpler. The village was likely the (literal) neighbors and family members who lived right around the corner. But in today's world, our communities are more complex and diverse. The people we lean on may live nearby, but they also may live on the other side of the globe. I'm joined by Michelle Kennedy, the founder of the app Peanut, to talk about building community in motherhood.
    Peanut's Invisible Mother Campaign

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    • 38 min
    The Comfort Crisis ft. Michael Easter

    The Comfort Crisis ft. Michael Easter

    In today's episode, author Michael Easter, shares his work and theories on the topic of comfort. He posits that the growing rates of mental and physical health challenges may be rooted in the fact that we are living more comfortable lives than ever before.
    As parents, we strive to keep our kids as comfortable as possible when they are infants. But, perhaps we should ask ourselves if continuing on that path will negatively impact their future resilience.
    Connect with Michael + his books:

    The Comfort Crisis

    The Scarcity Brain

    Website

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

ambikayoga ,

I learn a lot from your show and apply it

I have started listening years ago and haven’t missed one since. As a mom of two I have a lot to learn from your conversations. Thank you for normalizing the parenting and partnership issues. Would like to hear something on the theme of homeschooling as I am currently homeschooling my 3rd grader and preschooler. Thank you for sharing.

Amy Slenker Smith ,

I wish Denaye was in my life when my son was little! Amazing show!

I loved the episode with a Joshua Becker about his book which I love. I appreciate the conversation that they had about setting the example, and could not agree more. This is how my son has come around to the idea of living, simply and living with less because he has seen us do so first. Can’t wait yo listen to more episodes.

Jennifer Booth DNP ,

Outstanding Show!

This show has seriously changed my life in every aspect for the better. Thank you Denaye for sharing evidence based material that can positively impact the world. You are a great inspiration to working moms who are trying to be the best they can be and lead a more balance work-family life!

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