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toys: the big purge, plastic crap, stuff creep, the givers and sudden death

We see the ads.  We go to our friends’ homes and see the kids’ rooms bursting with toys, clothes, craft supplies and so much … well,  829 more words


Talk less, notice more

Kim John Payne, in Simplicity Parenting (Ballantine), makes this observation about parents and talking: “When we talk over and under and around a child—when we talk too much—there’s less space for their thoughts, for what they have to say. 196 more words

Family Spirituality

Rotating Toys: the What, Why, and How?

“An avalanche of toys invites emotional disconnect and a sense of overwhelm.”

~Dr. Kim John Payne, author ‘Simplicity Parenting’

What is Toy Rotation?

Rotating toys is one of the easiest ways to deal with toy overload and it’s easier than you think! 480 more words


Simplicity Parenting Workshop in the Greater Chicagoland Area

When my daughter Rachel (now 23) was 2 or 3 and not both side by side, she had two imaginary friends, one named Africa and the other named Beep.   513 more words


Sunday: A Day of Rest and Gratitude

Most of the things we need to be most fully
fully alive never come in busyness.
They grow in rest.

~Mark Buchanan~

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes… 103 more words

Because it does Take a Village

The past month has been sort of a whirl wind. The boys’ school recently held their annual school auction. Every year I have been a part of the planning committee. 628 more words

Attachment Parenting

The Little Engine Is Temporarily Delayed, But Please Enjoy These Recommendations Instead...

As usual the best schemes have gone awry around here, but I still have two days left to get some of the dreaded packing done! Unfortunately Brandy’s truck is still having issues and he had to spend all day doing school work as well, so very little was accomplished on the sorting/packing/tossing front today. 1,193 more words

Tiny House