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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

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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.

    Q&A | Is The Mental Unload™ right for me?

    Q&A | Is The Mental Unload™ right for me?

    What if you are too overwhelmed to deal with your overwhelm? I hear this a lot. This week we are launching a new round of The Mental Unload™--my signature 7-day program that focuses on decreasing mental clutter. Even if you think you don't have the time for this, I'm going to explain all the details today. I'd love to have you join us, it starts on Thursday, February 27th.















    Show Notes/Links







    * The Mental Unload* Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon

    • 13 min
    A Special Story

    A Special Story

    The truth is, parenthood rarely turns out how we expect. Today, I'm happy to introduce you to my friend Jen. I met Jen over twelve years ago--long before my motherhood journey began. She's the mother of a son with special needs and twin daughters. Jen's love and tenacity have always inspired me. I'm thankful she is sharing an intimate look into her parenthood journey with us today.















    Show Notes/Links:







    Get in touch with Jen by emailing me: denaye@simplefamilies.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Q&A | How do you occupy a young child?

    Q&A | How do you occupy a young child?

    We often feel a great responsibility to keep our kids occupied and happy. That can be a heavy burden to carry. In today's episode, we are talking about understanding this need and setting boundaries to benefit the whole family.















    Show Notes/Links:







    * Visual Timer on Amazon* Visual Timer App

    • 16 min
    A More Sustainable Home

    A More Sustainable Home

    We are not perfect environmentalists, nor are we trying to be. We are just a regular family trying to do a little better all the time. We eat meat, use zip-loc bags, and drive...a lot. David, my husband, joins me today as we discuss moving toward a more sustainable home. In order to be more sustainable at home, change has to be...well sustainable. The changes we make need to be sustainable from a financial perspective but also an effort-perspective. We want to be able to make lasting, lifestyle changes and to do that we take baby steps.















    Show Notes/Links







    * Target Kid's Jeans + Boden Kids Shirts (Boy/Girl)* Pyrex Set* Soda Stream Sparkling Water Maker* EPA carbon calculator * Google project sunroof* How to recycle * US energy information administration* Tips for recycling 

    • 51 min
    Q&A | What if a kid says "yuck" at the dinner table?

    Q&A | What if a kid says "yuck" at the dinner table?

    What if your kid says "yuck" at the dinner table. Cooking a meal for your family is hard work and when your kids express distaste, it can really get under your skin. The truth is that most kids think in black and white: they either love a food or they hate it. Not only do they think in black and white, but they also speak in simplistic terms as well. Today we are talking about letting go of the need to constantly instruct and correct our kids, and instead, giving our kids new (more socially-appropriate) language to communicate their needs and feelings.















    Show Notes/Links







    * Scooter Boards* Gonge Hilltops * The Target version of Hilltops * Bozo's Grand Prize Game* Ellyn Satter

    • 14 min
    Executive Function

    Executive Function

    What is executive functioning? As parents, it is important to understand that executive function is one of many components that is in-development in the early years of life. As our children grow, they slowly develop the ability to make plans, organize their ideas, follow directions, and manage time. This process can feel slow and arduous. However, it's important to know that executive functioning is still developing throughout the teenage years and into the early 20s.







    Today on the podcast I am joined by Dr. Mark Bertin, a development pediatrician and executive functioning expert. He's sharing more about this topic , his work with patients, and his books for parents.















    Show Notes/Links







    * How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids* Mindful Parenting for ADHD: A Guide to Cultivating Calm, Reducing Stress, and Helping Children Thrive * Dr. Mark Bertin's website: Developmental Doctor* Research Article Discussed: Less-structured time in children's daily lives predicts self-directed executive functioning

    • 48 min

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