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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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Fears of Simplicity

Fears of Simplicity

2021-06-1023:24

What if I get rid of something that I might need someday? How will my kids react? Making a big lifestyle change can feel scary. Moving towards simplicity is no exception to this. In today's episode, we are discussing common fears around living a simpler life. The post Fears of Simplicity appeared first on Simple Families.
Consequences

Consequences

2021-05-2727:09

You should know this by now. I’ve asked you a hundred times. How could you forget?  Today we are going to talk about consequences, punishment, and discipline. How do we raise kids to take ownership and care for themselves and their belongings? Today I’m going to give you some things to think about and some … Consequences Read More » The post Consequences appeared first on Simple Families.
Be Like Bamboo

Be Like Bamboo

2021-05-2026:41

I’m going to start today off with a quote:  “We’re often afraid that if we give our kids an inch, they will take a mile. Every single grain of rice in their bowl must be eaten up, every toy in its proper place, every “I” dotted and “t” crossed. We believe this is comforting to … Be Like Bamboo Read More » The post Be Like Bamboo appeared first on Simple Families.
Science

Science

2021-05-1338:29

If you’ve tuned into the news at all in the past year, you’ll know that there’s a heck of a lot of controversy around science. Whether we are talking about climate change, masks, or vaccines you’ve probably come across disputes and wars of words on scientific topics. I think back to a generation ago, where … Science Read More » The post Science appeared first on Simple Families.
There are many ways in which society has constructed parenting to be far more complicated than necessary. The result is parental overwhelm. As parents, we all have the same goals. Raising happy, healthy, successful kids. In order to reach those goals, we commit ourselves to doing anything and everything possible. We want to give our … The Simplicity Connection Read More » The post The Simplicity Connection appeared first on Simple Families.
Summer Plans

Summer Plans

2021-04-2922:38

Summer used to be synonymous with time-off and relaxation. But times have changed and many parents now feel a sense of dread and overwhelm around the unstructured time that comes during the summer—especially after spending over a year at home. Today, we are talking about finding balance this summer.  The post Summer Plans appeared first on Simple Families.
Body Image

Body Image

2021-04-2240:30

I’ve seen numbers that say over 90% of women are unhappy with their bodies. Our body image, or the way we perceive our own bodies, is impacted by family, friends, social media, the news, and more. Many of us entered motherhood with pre-existing body image challenges, and pregnancy and motherhood can exacerbate that. Today I’m … Body Image Read More » The post Body Image appeared first on Simple Families.
Quick-Fire Q&A

Quick-Fire Q&A

2021-04-1429:09

In this episode, I'm doing a quick-fire Q&A. I have a long list of questions from you all and I'll be moving through, answering a variety of questions. We will be covering whether or not I have a junk drawer, parenting kids with bad attitudes, capsule wardrobes, defiance, video games, camping, lots of questions about … Quick-Fire Q&A Read More » The post Quick-Fire Q&A appeared first on Simple Families.
Get Good with Money

Get Good with Money

2021-04-0842:17

For the longest time, I was a budget-resister. As a minimalist, I don't buy a lot of stuff so I didn't think I needed a budget. But I was wrong--moving towards a consistent, air-tight budget has been one of the most intentional changes that we have made in our family. Today I'm chatting with author … Get Good with Money Read More » The post Get Good with Money appeared first on Simple Families.
Clean Up

Clean Up

2021-03-1818:57

"It's just too much." My daughter, who is newly 5, said this to me for the first time this week. She asked me to come clean up her room with her and when I walked in she sighed and said, “it’s just too much”. We don’t have a lot of toys, but she manages to … Clean Up Read More » The post Clean Up appeared first on Simple Families.
Jillian

Jillian

2021-03-1047:54

If you've been around the podcast for sometime, you will be happy to hear I'm bringing back the "Journey to Simplicity" series. In this series I chat with both friends and members of the Simple Families Community. We talk about what a simpler, lighter life looks like--and spoiler alert! It's always imperfect and a work-in-progress. … Jillian Read More » The post Jillian appeared first on Simple Families.
Self-Doubt

Self-Doubt

2021-03-0316:27

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Saying No

Saying No

2021-02-1819:56

Saying ‘no’ can feel hard—especially to people we love. But if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, you might benefit from saying no more often. We have to take ownership over how we spend our time, money, and energy. If we don’t, we will end up burned out, exhausted, and broke. The post Saying No appeared first on Simple Families.
Therapy

Therapy

2021-02-1214:37

We are nearly one-year into a global pandemic, therefore I’d say we are far overdue in talking about therapy. Therapy: Who needs it? How do you get started? Maybe you are interested in exploring therapy but you have decision fatigue—there are far too many options and you don’t even know where to begin. Today I’m … Therapy Read More » The post Therapy appeared first on Simple Families.
Bedwetting + Accidents

Bedwetting + Accidents

2021-02-0452:171

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Outdoorsy

Outdoorsy

2021-01-2711:46

Maybe you don’t consider yourself an outdoorsy person. Maybe you have a kid who isn’t into nature. I totally get that. The truth is that nature can be uncomfortable. It’s often: Too bright.  Too hot. Too cold.  Too windy.  Too loud. But we are all nature people, in fact—we need to spend time outdoors for … Outdoorsy Read More » The post Outdoorsy appeared first on Simple Families.
Downsizing

Downsizing

2021-01-2150:11

Our family recently downsized in a big way. I've had many people ask why we sold our lovely home and the short answer is: It's complicated. My husband, David, is joining me in today's episode for a candid conversation about the perils of homeownership and moving towards simplicity. The post Downsizing appeared first on Simple Families.
Hitting

Hitting

2021-01-1330:45

Let's talk about kids who hit. Let's also talk about adults who hit. This kind of behavior is taboo, especially as kids get older. We aren't as open to talking with friends about it, and sometimes we feel like we're the only parent facing this problem. There's a lot of self-blame that goes into this as well. I … Hitting Read More » The post Hitting appeared first on Simple Families.
In today's world, we are inundated with information. Whether it be about parenting, cooking, art projects, gardening…the world is quite literally at our fingertips thanks to Google.  The result is that we often feel like, if the information is available to us, we should consume it. And we should be able to put it into … Know Better, Do Better Guilt Read More » The post Know Better, Do Better Guilt appeared first on Simple Families.
Over-gifters

Over-gifters

2020-12-23--:--

We are knee-deep in the holiday season, so let's take a moment to talk about over-gifters—these are people in your life, or especially your kid's life, that give more gifts than you'd like. Generally speaking, these are good, well-intentioned, loving people. The last thing you want is for them to walk away, feeling hurt, alienated, … Over-gifters Read More » The post Over-gifters appeared first on Simple Families.
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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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