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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; Unabridged CD edition (Jan. 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452605815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452605814
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #882,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliant, wise, informative, innovative, entertaining, and urgently needed . . . a doable plan for providing the kind of childhood kids desperately need today!" ---Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happines

About the Author

Kim John Payne, M.Ed., is the director of the Waldorf Collaborative Counseling Program at Antioch University New England and a partner of the Alliance for Childhood in Washington, D.C.

Lisa M. Ross is a writer who lives in Stuyvesant, New York.

Arthur Morey has recorded over two hundred audiobooks in history, fiction, science, business, and religion, earning a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and two Audie Award nominations. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookWorm8 on June 21 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was an overall pleasant and encouraging read. Some of the suggestions seem obvious...At the same time it is very accessible and not dogmatic, which I appreciated. I especially liked Payne's suggestions for reducing the number of toys and stuff; his suggestions were not unlike those I've heard anecdotally over the years - simpler toys w less noise, buttons, single-purpose features are better. I also found his suggestions for getting children involved in meal preparation interesting especially from an inspiring creativity and ownership in eating and household participation perspective. These types of practical suggestions were helpful.

I did find that although he claimed to be speaking to the issues of affluent, middle class, and poorer families alike, his examples really reflected the experiences of the normative centre families: heterosexual, middle-class-to-affluent, able-bodied, American families. It would have been nice to speak to some of the potentially particular experiences of families that don't conform to these dominant norms. While I myself fit w in the normative centre (except for not being American), I am sensitive to advice that might not be practical to those who don't. What about families who are poor and cannot afford (money and time-wise) some of the suggestions Payne makes? Many times parents are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, for e.g., and some suggestions may incite further guilt among already overburdened parents. The concerns of poorer families may not be with overscheduled lives w many extracurricular activities but putting food on the table, making rent, and having any time to spend with kids and other family and friends. I also felt some of the suggestions around activities for children were gender stereotyped (e.g.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stefanie Wilson on Feb. 8 2011
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I love this book. I love this book because I am a parent who reads lots of parenting books; so certain I could be a better parent. And finally this book--the first one in a stack of over 20, I might add--shows me that really, being a good parent is quite simple. It's a matter of getting rid of the clutter that makes it seem complicated--and in this day and age, we're great at clutter. It has changed my life, not just my parenting!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Pelletier on May 3 2013
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Sérieusement une lecture précieuse. Je l'ai lu assidument tous les soirs et je pense que le ménage que j'ai fait dans ma maison et ma nouvelle gestion de mon temps à franchement simplifié ma vie et celle de ma fille et de ma famille. Je le recommande chaleureusement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on Jan. 5 2014
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This was exactly the type of book I was looking for when I started my search. it was written in plain english (no big doctor words or studies to try and understand) has plenty of examples of how and why this works. Teaches us how to start simplifying a cluttered house in steps so that we, as parents, can better assist our children by providing them with quality over quantity and a heavy does of our own time and respect.

I would put it in my basket of books that every parent should read!
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By ravenous reader on June 2 2014
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Although I was already doing most of what the author suggests, like unplugging as much as possible and limiting toys, it was a boost to see what I'm trying to do in print. His recommendations made me feel less crazy for not participating in the wider culture...following along with the myriad activities, mountain of character driven toys, all sorts of tv and screen time etc. It's not easy doing it differently from the majority, but this book is giving me the confidence to continue.
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Beyond parenting trends and intellectual modes, this is the back to basics and accessible book to count on. It brings an authentic and concrete vision for parents to work with. The author is now in great demand and has created ateliers for parents everywhere who can reclain their role with more simple healthy knowledge and heart.
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If you feel as though you struggling to slow things down in these fast paced world this book reminds thats it ok to slow down and just simplify!!
He goes very in depth into methods and techniques as to how to accomplish simplifying your families world!
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