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Author: Denaye Barahona Ph.D.

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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.
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This gift guide isn't meant to literally click and buy (although I've included links for ideas). Instead, it is intended to make you think differently about gifting. Our kids may grow out of their toys, but they won't grow out of spending quality time together as a family.  If we want to stay focused on … 2020 Holiday Gift Guide Read More » The post 2020 Holiday Gift Guide appeared first on Simple Families.
Organize vs. Minimize

Organize vs. Minimize

2020-11-1212:16

Organization can feel like a false promise of more. If only you could be more organized, you could manage MORE stuff. You could handle MORE on your calendar. But the truth is, the sheer quantity of…everything…is inundating us.  My efforts at organization mostly lead me to feel like a total failure. I can’t organize my … Organize vs. Minimize Read More » The post Organize vs. Minimize appeared first on Simple Families.
Simplify Feeding

Simplify Feeding

2020-11-0528:471

We all want our kids to eat well. We will try anything and everything to make it happen. But what if sometimes we try too hard and end up mucking it up in the process? There is plenty to be said about simplicity and feeding children--today we are exploring this topic more. The post Simplify Feeding appeared first on Simple Families.
Hard Decisions

Hard Decisions

2020-10-2821:37

Today we are talking about upsetting our kids. Sometimes as parents, we have to make hard decisions for our kids. Decisions they don’t like. Decisions that upset them. We are talking about feeling that tension between what your child wants you to do versus what you actually need to do.  This tension can quickly turn … Hard Decisions Read More » The post Hard Decisions appeared first on Simple Families.
In today's episode, Part III, we're going to talk about how we can work to improve and better understand the challenging relationships that we have in our lives. We will cover setting boundaries, empathic listening, building connection, and communication patterns. Listen to: Part I Part II The post Challenging Relationships (Part III) appeared first on Simple Families.
In last week's episode, we started talking about challenging adult relationships. I asked you to think about who that person(s) is for you. Now, this week we will talk about setting goals for those relationships and the impact of idealizing these relationships. In the previous episode, we discussed that some of the people who challenge … Challenging Relationships (Part II) Read More » The post Challenging Relationships (Part II) appeared first on Simple Families.
We all have challenging people in our lives. Maybe it's your brother or your mother or a best friend from childhood. Our goal is to try to start viewing this person through a new lens—so you can reframe your mindset and your attitude. This topic of relationships is incredibly broad and I want to narrow it … Challenging Relationships (Part I) Read More » The post Challenging Relationships (Part I) appeared first on Simple Families.
Spilling Anger

Spilling Anger

2020-09-3010:24

Stress can lead to anger and irritability. In today's episode, we are talking about how anger can spill over onto the people we love the most, including our partners and children. I'm sharing how we talk about this concept with our kids. The post Spilling Anger appeared first on Simple Families.
Messiness

Messiness

2020-09-2316:30

For the first 30 years of my life, I struggled with messiness. No organizational system worked for me. In this episode, I'm sharing about my natural tendency towards mess and chaos along with how simple living has changed that for me. The post Messiness appeared first on Simple Families.
One of the greatest, if not THE greatest, obstacle to simplicity with kids is FOMO. The fear of missing out. We worry about our children missing out on toys, experiences, and opportunities that they desire. We worry our children will be negatively impacted as a result. We fear they are going to miss opportunities. We … Comparison, Envy, and FOMO Read More » The post Comparison, Envy, and FOMO appeared first on Simple Families.
Today I'm sharing my best relationship tool. It's called expansion and contraction. Expansion and contraction is a simple way to find the rhythm in your family. In fact, it's probably something you do all the time without even noticing. However, once you bring it to your awareness you will be able to use it with … Expansion & Contraction Read More » The post Expansion & Contraction appeared first on Simple Families.
Why Do Kids Whine?

Why Do Kids Whine?

2020-08-2613:37

Our family was on vacation recently--and my husband and I wanted to explore some new sights. We love to wander around and breathe it all in. My kids don't always share this joy. In fact, on this particular trip, their legs seem to quit functioning altogether. They "couldn't walk" another step but could miraculously ride … Why Do Kids Whine? Read More » The post Why Do Kids Whine? appeared first on Simple Families.
Do you feel like you need some new screen time rules for your kids? There’s a good chance that your kids have consumed an increased amount of screen time during the pandemic. Whether it’s for work, school, or pleasure—we’ve all been home more and utilizing new devices in new ways. But what hasn’t changed is … Screen Time Rules for Kids Read More » The post Screen Time Rules for Kids appeared first on Simple Families.
Back to School Q&A

Back to School Q&A

2020-08-1222:32

After our last episode, Educating Your Child in a Pandemic, I got a lot of questions. Today I'll be answering your questions about returning back to school this year. Show Notes/Links: Link to First Name Basis episode on privilege White Fragility by Robin DeAngelo The post Back to School Q&A appeared first on Simple Families.
Right now, many of us are thinking about back to school decisions. Educating your child in a pandemic is no easy task. Homeschooling? Distancing Learning? In-person school? Even if we are privileged to have a choice, making hard decisions for our families can feel agonizing. You may even lose sleep over it. That's why I'm … Educating Your Child in a Pandemic Read More » The post Educating Your Child in a Pandemic appeared first on Simple Families.
Benefits of Fewer Toys

Benefits of Fewer Toys

2020-07-2224:06

The Benefits of Fewer Toys “You are always teaching your kids, and sometimes you even use words.” -Rob Bell As many of you know, I've a true believer in the benefits of fewer toys. Not only does this benefit the development of the child, but also the well-being of the parents. The above quote inspired … Benefits of Fewer Toys Read More » The post Benefits of Fewer Toys appeared first on Simple Families.
We've all picked up on a few habits during this crisis--and some of those habits might not be serving us. Today I'm sharing more about my attempts to moderate caffeine, a habit that I've leaned on hard the past few months. I'd love to hear from you. Do you have any habits you are trying … Caffeine + Crisis Habits [Quick Wins] Read More » The post Caffeine + Crisis Habits [Quick Wins] appeared first on Simple Families.
When we speak to our kids, words do matter. We don't have to get it right all.the.time, but I like to use the same phrases repeatedly to help drive home important lessons. Therefore, I’m sharing the 10 exact expressions my kids hear on a regular basis. Sometimes the simplest things can be the most impactful. You … Simple Things I Say to My Kids Read More » The post Simple Things I Say to My Kids appeared first on Simple Families.
Rules [Quick wins]

Rules [Quick wins]

2020-07-0108:10

In our house, we have three primary rules that guide the way we parent our kids. Today, I’m sharing the three rules and how we talk to our young children about them.  Here they are: Respect the rights of other people,   Protect and care for the environment (both inside the house and out),  Take only … Rules [Quick wins] Read More » The post Rules [Quick wins] appeared first on Simple Families.
Mental Clutter 101

Mental Clutter 101

2020-06-2316:25

Many of us have been decluttering our homes for some time. But what about our brains? Mental clutter is real. Parenthood can feel heavy. We are tackling the 10 reasons that parenthood feels cluttered and overwhelming. 1. Mindless Social Media Spending mindless time scrolling on social media feels a lot like eating marshmallows. They taste … Mental Clutter 101 Read More » The post Mental Clutter 101 appeared first on Simple Families.
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Jerome Herr

so this was one big infomercial? ;)

Oct 29th
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Beth Anderson

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Feb 17th
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Danél de Villiers

I so enjoyed this episode. We did a 4 week European vacation with our 2 girls (20 months and 4). We spent about 3 weeks in Spain, where we toured with my family (parents and siblings) and then a week in Germany alone to 'debrief'. We've travelled to Europe with our oldest daughter 3 times before (when she was 9 months, 18 months and 2). She was such an easy, happy go lucky child and travelling was so easy with her. This was our first trip with two children. Which in comparison felt like going with 4. Not only are our two kids very different, but 1 + 1 just isn't 2. I too asked myself upon many occasions: why? And said: never again. In hindsight they did really well considering the extreme routine change, and long hours in the car, but when we asked my eldest daughter what she enjoyed most, she said: riding the little cars in the grocery stores (even though we were really tried doing something they enjoyed every day). This made us decide that we would still be traveling locally with them (we live in South Africa, and there is still so much to see here), but we will return to the other side of the sea with the kids, when they're a little older. I so agree that travel with children is so absolutely worth it. We've done a few amazing trips (including touring/ camping in Namibia for 3 weeks in winter). I look back with fondess. But hindsight is definitely not the best sight. At least you do only remember the good stuff. What I learned this time: - spend more time in one place, and do short day trips - make sure your air bnb is well equipped (washing machine, cot, child friendly) - kids are really adaptable (we are the ones that struggle) - cook more: eat more fresh healthy food (saves money aswell) - pack lunch boxes: they get hungry at the most inconvenient times - definitely packing even less - most important: do NOT imagine how the day is going to go, it will most probably be the exact opposite, but do it anyway. We went hiking in the blackforest in the rain on the last day with the kids, and it was absolutely amazing. Love the podcast. Thanks. 🌱

Oct 11th
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Michelle Debrunner

I'm a researcher too! Thanks for doing the leg work for me on this one as I am busy dealing with food/sensory issues right now!

May 27th
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Glory Dey

Very Inspirational Podcast, Truly Said Happiness Lies In Small Things In Life, Our Thoughts, Habits, And Daily Practices Are Very Important Contributing Factors In Living The Kind Of Life We Envision For Ourselves And For Others. So Being Mindful In Our Thoughts, Speech, And Actions, Is Essential In Creating Our Own True Reality and Experiencing Happiness Every Moment In Our Life No Matter How Tough Situation May Be! This Helps Us To Gain Wisdom To Face The Challenges In Life And Emerge Victorious. Thanks For Sharing This Beautiful Episode! Regards!.

May 7th
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Alessia

Fantastic episode really enlightening and clear to understand

Feb 11th
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Jana Miller

Have loved listening to your podcast! You have a great advice and wisdom without making others feel judged!

Dec 27th
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Audra Scott

I love this podcast so much! So encouraging! Research backed info.

Nov 20th
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Cynthia Fitzgerald

I cannot say enough about this podcast. It is my absolute favorite. Denaye is such a wonderful host and role model human being! There is always so much to learn here and we could all benefit from living simpler lives through her teaching. subscribe today! cynthia

Nov 14th
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Amy Johnson

After many years of accumulating useless junk, filling a house full of what I considered nessicary objects... I became overwhelmed with the mass amounts of "things" that surrounded me...they were constantly in the way and weighing me down . I first found Denayes Facebook page which lead me here. Hands down my favorite podcast! I am inspired each time I tune in. I've been downsizing for the past 6 months, keeping only the important necessities. With a busy toddler and baby number 2 due any day now ...Simple Families has been a life saver. My stress has disappeared.. I'm not constantly worried about the build up of things and now I have more time to focus on my family and our time together. Thanks so much for the "kick in the butt " ;) count imagine going in any other direction now that I'm on this path to success! - Love, from , one happy mama !

Nov 12th
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VESNA PIK

I enjoy recieving e-mail with ideas of how to live with less clutter, pointers of how to be better parent...it is very helpful

Nov 9th
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Morgan Ives

By far my favorite podcast - especially of ones focusing on family, simplicity, minimalism, and motherhood. I literally wait with anticipation for more episodes. Denayne has inspired me in so many ways - to pare back, live slower, yell less. her interviews come from a place of curiosity and good intentions, not of perfectionism and judgement. She looks at everything through the lens of research, and many of her guests are top people in their fields. It's also not overly salesy. If you're a mom, this is a must-listen.

Nov 8th
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Kristen Halseth

I love this podcast. I found it after having my now one year old, and Denaye and her guests have given me so much of the guidance I have been looking for as a new parent. I trust her knowledge and expertise, which is so valuable in the internet world where there are so many different voices with different views.

Nov 8th
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Katie Kuhlman

I've been following Denaye for years and I just love following her for her ideas, inspiration, and encouragement. She is so real and gives practical, applicable advice for families. It's like listening to girlfriends out for coffee! Such a great podcast!!!

Nov 8th
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Michaella Hayes

This is my absolute favorite podcast! I recently began simplifying my life, and I have found these podcasts very helpful for both my personal life and my job. Denaye has a lot of knowledge and experience to offer, and she often brings in other people to share their knowledge and experiences. I find this particularly helpful because everyone is a little different. Sometimes I relate more to Denaye, but other times I relate more to her guests. Being part of the community she has created has definitely added to my life.

Nov 8th
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