150 episodes

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.

Simple Families Denaye Barahona

    • Parenting
    • 4.8, 685 Ratings

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.

    Pantry [Quick Wins]

    Pantry [Quick Wins]

    Today I'm introducing a new format for summer. I'll be intermittently sharing some shorter episodes like this one that include a few straightforward tips and tools that you can implement right away. We are going to start in the pantry, one of the spaces that took me the longest to get under control. Screenshot while you are listening to this episode and share your own favorite tips on Instagram, I'd love to hear what is working for you!

    • 4 min
    Absolute Thinking

    Absolute Thinking

    I love you, I hate you. You always yell at me. You never cook anything I like. Young children tend to think in black and white. Their feelings can be big, bold, and intense. In this episode, we are discussing why this happens in everyday conversations. We will also discuss how we can help our kids to recognize the "in-between".







    Simplify Siblings

    • 20 min
    Parental Preference

    Parental Preference

    Do your kids show a strong preference for one parent or the other? In today's episode we are discussing why this dynamic exists and some tips for helping to balance things out at home.















    Show Notes/Links







    * Simplifying Siblings* Episode 160: Selfless or Selfish?

    • 23 min
    High-Functioning Anxiety

    High-Functioning Anxiety

    In today's episode we are chatting about high-functioning anxiety. Many of us experience challenges with fear, worries, and anxiety. I'm sharing more about my experience and some of my favorite tips and resources.















    Mental Health Resources:







    * Betterhelp* Immediate Help* COVID-19 Mental Health Resources







    5 Tips for Managing High-Functioning Anxiety







    * Do a reality check* Monitor caffeine intake* Lean towards an anti-inflammatory diet* Research adaptogens (I like Ashwaganda, Rhodiola, and Tulsi). Care/Of code is SIMPLE25 (affiliate)* Slow your schedule







    Potty Training Book Recommendation: Oh Crap

    • 31 min
    Spending Plan

    Spending Plan

    Today we are talking about minimalism, money, and developing a spending plan. For years I was a budget-resister. I wanted nothing to do with having a budget for our family. But now I'm singing a different tune. The reality is, developing a solid spending plan for our family has been one of the most intentional things we've done in our path towards a simpler life.







    In this episode I'm also answering a question from an audience member:







    How much do you play with your kids?

    • 26 min
    Eco-Friendly Families + Getting Kids to Take More Risks

    Eco-Friendly Families + Getting Kids to Take More Risks

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, I am joined by Stephanie Seferian from the Sustainable Minimalists Podcast. We are chatting about realistically moving towards sustainability and raising kids to love our Earth.







    I'm also answering a question from Kara, she asked: How can I get my kid to take more risks?







    * Part I: Eco-Friendly Families [@ 3:01]







    * Part II: How can I get my kid to take more risks? [@ 41:15]

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
685 Ratings

685 Ratings

ABowsh ,

Good information, wish there was more vulnerability

I really enjoy listening to this podcast for the most part. I’m really interested in sustainability, minimalism and gentle parenting. I really enjoyed the series on moving from a couple years back.

Where I don’t necessarily connect with this podcast is in terms of vulnerability. I feel like we are shown enough of her life to be relatable, but not enough were she truly has to be vulnerable. Problems that are brought up are minor and have been handled well. Bigger problems aren’t shared, and that’s were I find I am really able to connect with other podcasts and hosts. Denaye by no means owes that to us as the listeners, perhaps she has concerns about privacy or other totally valid reasons no to share deeper issues. But some of the things that felt glossed over in the podcast (deciding to homeschool her son, their second au pair not working out) I think could have been great conversations.

M Ravenwood ,

Really love this pod cast

Before I had my daughter I knew I wanted to lead a more minimal, less -stuff life. After Marie kondo-ing my closet and I heard about this pod cast through a friend. I love it. It’s full of so much valuable info, great guest speakers, and makes a lot of sense to me. Thank you for doing what you do!!!

nebesnik ,

One of the Best

Simple Families is one of the best parenting podcasts I’ve found. I love the short, concise format and Denaye’s informed, yet approachable personality. She always has a topic I’m interested in- from family cooking to decluttering your closet, ways to manage screen time or sibling competition. Keep up the great work!

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