Have a feeling there’s a way parenting can be more fun, peaceful and less overwhelming?
Are you wishing for simpler times as the world seems to be picking up speed and encouraging us to cram in more stuff into our lives?
Do you struggle to find time to connect with loved ones while competing with an influx of activities, screen time and outside commitments?
Are you daydreaming about having the support to implement simple but effective changes to your family’s rhythm and flow?
These are the exact reasons I decided to get certified as a Simplicity Parenting Workshop Leader.
After reading the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne I realized that my desire for a slower childhood for my kids is a normal, healthy mama bear instinct reaction to the hectic, materialistic culture we find ourselves raising our children in today.
Since implementing these gleanings our family life has become more joyful, less tearful and richer in simple abundance.
In this self-paced home study journey, I will guide you to:
- Explore and rediscover your core parenting values
- Simplicity Parenting principles and how they can be customized to fit your unique family and parenting style
- Learn how to design a change plan with your co-parent
- Come closer to your goals and vision of a simpler more relaxed home environment
- Techniques to cope with stressors and meltdowns and how to minimize them in the first place.
After leading workshops in my community, I’ve witness how much of an impact this led journey has made on unique parenting challenges.
“There are so many voices and so many philosophies about parenting that it can feel impossible to know who to listen to. In fact, I had pretty much shut out all of the “experts,” because no one seemed to agree with my heart and the way I want to raise my daughter. But that isolated space can get lonely, and when I first read about Kathy’s Simplicity Parenting e-course, I tentatively peeked my head above ground. I wondered, Could this be what my young family is needing? I hadn’t read Kim John Payne’s book yet, but I hoped that this what I was looking for. (Namely: loving comrades in the parenting fray, who also believe that creativity is more important than things, that parenting from a place of deep love can be the most powerful and effective way, and that downsizing can be liberation.)
In a word, yes. Yes, this is a solid framework that a just-starting-out family can take refuge in. Yes to the wisdom of establishing a nourishing environment, rhythm, and family schedule for our young daughter to grow into. Yes to understanding my baby daughter’s world with empathy, love, and commitment to her and our deepest connection as a family. And importantly, YES to establishing healthy boundaries now around what is acceptable in our den and what is not. Simplicity Parenting with Kathy helped me clarify and prioritize all of these things.
Moreover, Kathy is the perfect guide for this course. At once playful, welcoming, and thoughtful, she takes participants on a journey she’s clearly been down with her own family. She creates safe space for each of us, and facilitates connections between moms so that we each can hear that we are not alone. And there’s a certain sense of “ahhh” about interacting with her – a playfulness and whimsy that just isn’t very common in our urban New Jersey/Manhattan life.
Yes. If this course calls to you, sign up right this second. You’ll be so glad you did.”
- Jess Larsen: birth doula, childbirth educator, new mama
How this ecourse will roll:
You will receive an email from me twice a week containing…
- Private videos and entries that present the topics and prompts to explore in your journal
- Creative exercises, meditations, guided imagery to dive deeper into the concepts.
- Week 1: Welcome and make yourself comfy
- Week 2 to 4: Why simplify and Soul Fever
- Week 5 to 7: Environment
- Week 8 to 10: Rhythm and scheduling
- Week 10 to 12: Filtering out and loving the times we’re in
“The Simplicity Parenting course brought my understanding of my own integrity into sharp focus and allowed me to see where I had wandered away from how I would like to be in the world. It also gave me the ability to unclutter, both emotionally and physically. As a result our family and home feel calmer and clearer somehow. The course affected my parenting style. Now when my children are exhibiting difficult behaviour I remember the phrase “Soul Fever” and my approach is gentler, more compassionate and more geared toward finding the cause of the soul fever. I would highly recommend this course to any parent.“
Frequently Asked Questions
When does this all happen?
Whenever you want it to; this is a self-paced home study program that begins upon purchase. I will be sending you assignments by email that you can complete in your own time. The emails will be rolling in twice a week for approximately three months.
What will I need to participate?
You will need internet access to watch some of the videos I will provide (have I mentioned one of Craig’s nicknames for me is “Stator of the Obvious”?) and a binder or journal to record your reflections in.
Can anyone participate?
If you’re wondering specifically about guys then yes! And I actually encourage partners to get involved ; primarily with the change process assignments where we design weekly changes to bring relief to different areas of our home life (environment, rhythm, screen time to name just a few).
Do I have to be somewhere at a specific time?
No! That’s the beauty! Emails from me will trickle in twice a week so you can check in at the time most convenient for you. Some of my personal favourite checking in times include when the kids are in bed while sporting my flannel jammies, and while soaking in the tub (be careful with this one). But please do carve yourself a space to treat yourself to this sacred time to reflect on what will truly bring you and your loved ones more authentic joy and peace!
What can I expect to get out of this course?
- You can expect to bring awareness to what your hopes and dreams for your family are and how these may be achieved in simple, sustainable ways that will have lasting effects for your children and yourself.
- You can expect a deeper understanding and integration of the powerful principles found in the book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. It’s one thing to read a mind blowing book but it’s a whole different mind blow when you actually put the principles in action in a supportive and caring environment.
- You will receive encouragement and support from an expert; moi.
- You can look forward to more calm and connection in your home.
Do I need to buy the book?
Having the book would be handy but not necessary. I will offer summaries in the blog posts of the chapters we will be covering that will inform you of the essence of the book and its gems. But if you’re ever going to buy a parenting book this is the one to get! Hopefully your library carries a copy you can borrow and if not, tell them they should!
What if I’m not digging the ecourse?
If you decide before the end of the program this is not your cup of tea let me know and I’ll refund you your investment. But I wouldn’t even worry about that now because I know you’re going to love it! But since you asked, here are the details to:
The For Simplicity’s Sake 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
If after 30 days upon purchase you are feeling your needs from the course aren’t being met, please email me and I would be more than happy to refund you the whole cost of your investment.
Sign up right now and your first email of the e-course will arrive in your inbox right away!
“This course was wonderful! It gave me an awesome tool to use in challenging parenting situations (read: dreaded temper tantrums). Also, through reflecting on my values, the rhythm of our days and our environment, I made big internal and external shifts that helped align me with my parenting goals. Yay! Kathy is a blissful mama who has found her path and she is such a warm, funny and generous guide lighting the way for other mindful mamas. Thank you, Kathy!”
~Sony Jolly, MD, SonyJolly.com
“I loved every moment of this course and in four short weeks it has helped me make some fairly significant changes to mine and my family’s lives. Life not only seems calmer but it has also steered us to make bigger changes for our future happiness, more inline with our values. Even without all the deep work that has occurred, I would say it is worth the sign up fee alone for Kathy’s hilarious videos!”
“Kathy brings so much creativity and a delightful sense of humor to her Simplicity Parenting e-course. Her videos left me smiling every time! I looked forward to her daily emails with tidbits from Kim John Payne’s book and her own take on simplifying family life. I enjoyed the ecourse and the wonderful community of parents that she brought together in the forum. I recommend her workshops to parents who are ready to roll up their sleeves, simplify their days and have some fun!”
“This course helped my partner and I envision together how we want to parent our infant daughter and gave us the specific tools to help with daily rhythm and decluttering our home. I received a lot of reassurance that I’m on the right track as well as support on setting boundaries for what I want for my family life. I just absolutely loved this course! It felt like something special I was doing for both myself and my family at the same which is such a good feeling.”
“Kathy, thank you so much for this ecourse, it has changed our family. Our 4 year old has really struggled in fact we were pretty sure he was OCD. During this course we have been able to not only get him out of our room and bed at night and into his own bed in a room with his brother. I cannot even begin to tell you how much this has impacted us!! One of the biggest impacts for us was realizing change is a process not an event, such a simple shift but the impact has been huge! Thanks Kathy for helping our family towards our dreams and goals. Blessings, Tanya G.”