Book Club : Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

I am so excited for the next book in our Book Club series: Kim John Payne’s Simplicity Parenting.

In a world where childhood seems to be flooded with too much, too fast and too soon, Payne helps parents clear the path towards a simpler, more connected and whole-hearted family life. After reading this book parents will feel empowered and ready to declutter playspaces, establish stronger home rhythms, cut down on screen-time and most of all to slow down and prioritize meaningful moments with their children. Most remarkably, the book is truly applicable to all families regardless of their diverse faiths, backgrounds and values. It is completely free from dogma and instead, offers practical and adaptable advice to all.

Payne is a consultant and trainer to more than 230 US independent and public schools, he has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher and educator for almost thirty years, as well as a private family counselor for more than fifteen. He is the Director of the Simplicity Project and together he and his team have trained over a thousand Simplicity Parenting Coaches worldwide. Payne is also the Founding Director of The Center for Social Sustainability, an organization that trains teachers, parents and students in the Three Stream Process (this link is an example of how the Three Streams is used by schools).

I will be reviewing and discussing Simplicity Parenting chapter by chapter over the coming weeks and I would love for you to read along. You could request a copy from your local library or local Waldorf/Steiner Book Centre or purchase one here. Although I will share a chapter summary each week I cannot recommend enough that you get your hands on your own copy and read along with me. I have had my copy for years now and it is dog-earred, highlighted and very well loved. Everytime I return to it, I take something new away. I so look forward to connecting with you and discussing each chapter in the comments section below.

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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.


  1. Kali on February 14, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I love this book so much! It was the very best thing I could have read with a brand new baby, so perfectly articulating my heart for parenting that I couldn’t find the words to describe. Thanks for sharing! I’m excited to “re-read” it again through your summaries. 🙂

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  3. Val on September 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    So excited for this. Love his work. Our Waldorf Homeschool Group will be going over his book The Soul of Discipline.

  4. Meg on January 30, 2019 at 9:23 am

    I can’t waot to follow along with you, it has been years since I have read this

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