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.
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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Mental Clutter in Parenthood
Many of us have been decluttering our homes for some time. But what about our brains? Mental clutter is real. Parenthood can feel heavy. We are tackling the 10 reasons that parenthood feels cluttered and overwhelming. If you are committed to self-care but aren’t sure where to start, I want to invite you to join us in The Mental Unload™. It starts Thursday, July 15th.
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One of the most common concerns I hear from parents is this: "My kids don't listen to me!"
Generally, what this means is that you ask your kids to do something and they don't do it. Maybe you ask them several times. Perhaps you ask them several times with an increasing sense of urgency until you are finally screaming. Today, we are going to break down what it really means to "listen" and a two-step strategy to move forward.
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Minimalism Your Way
Minimalism looks different for everyone. When Christine Platt found minimalism she expected it would involve moving towards an all-white, barren aesthetic. But in search of an intentional life, she has built a home and lifestyle that is unique to her individual needs and culture. Christine, also known as the Afrominimalist, encourages us to search for our "why" and create a home and life that is true to us.
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* Website* Instagram* Books* New book: The Afrominimalists Guide to Living with Less
Get dressed. Brush your teeth. Say thank you. Eat your breakfast. Sometimes we sound like a broken record. We feel like we are prompting and reminding our kids to do things all day long...and sometimes we are. It's exhausting! That's what we are talking about today. I'll share my tips and tools for success.
For my 7-year-old boy
For my 5-year-old girl
Fears of Simplicity
What if I get rid of something that I might need someday? How will my kids react? Making a big lifestyle change can feel scary. Moving towards simplicity is no exception to this. In today's episode, we are discussing common fears around living a simpler life.
Denaye Barahona PH.D., host of the Simply Families podcast, highlights all aspects of parenting and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
When I had social media, Simple Families was always a refreshing part of who I followed with the podcast being an added bonus. Now that I’m not on Instagram anymore, I have dived in and enjoyed this content so much! It’s my life line! Raising lots of kids (six but who’s counting) has been overwhelming in hard seasons; so glad I’m not alone here and love how I can apply whatever is talked about into my real life. Thank you!
If you only listen to one parenting podcast, make it this one!
Denaye’s podcast and blog promoting simple living and parenting is so needed in today’s society. Whether you’re a dual income house, one parent stays home, or a single parent, there are constant challenges and questions that every family faces each day. Denaye’s (and her guests) practical and simple advice about feeding, parenting and raising kids is an antidote to the fast moving pace that we so often find ourselves in.
Over the course of the last year or so listening to this podcast’s pearls of wisdom, I’ve found myself consciously creating more space in our family - not only more physical space in our home by simplifying and paring down our belongings, but mental space to just be together, and resisting the urge to fill up the calendar with endless activities.
The gift that I’ve received is the ability to be spontaneous with my kids (let’s go to a museum today!), or just have the space to sit down on the floor and watch their stories unfold through their play. These simple things bring me so much joy, and I’m grateful for the knowledge gained that being is truly more important than doing.