Simplicity Parenting Lecture and Workshop

Suncoast Waldorf School is hosting a FREE LECTURE & a Workshop with Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting on Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th in Clearwater at the Octagon Arts Center. He will teach us all about using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier and more secure kids.

Please join us!

Sponsors: Yoga Village & The Parent Guide

Host: Suncoast Waldorf School in Palm Harbor


EVENT DETAILS:

Lecture 7-9pm Friday, April 29th, 2011

Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater
Cost: FREE so bring a friend!
Childcare is available for $5.00 per child.
Note: Even though this event is free, you must still obtain a ticket for admission and make a reservation for childcare.

Workshop 9am – 1pm Saturday, April 30th 2011

Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater
Cost: $40.00 per adult or $50.00 per couple.
Refreshments provided.
Childcare is available for $10.00 per child.
You must obtain a ticket for admission to this workshop and make a reservation for childcare. Please bring a sack lunches for your children for Saturday’s workshop.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE – GO TO www.SUNCOASTWALDORF.ORG or stop by Suncoast Waldorf School, 1857 Curlew Road in Palm Harbor, or call 727-786-8311 or 727-517-5446. Tickets will be sold on a “First Come, First Serve” basis due to limited capacity. Any remaining tickets for the workshop will be available at the door at the increased price of $55.00 per adult or $65.00 per couple.

RESERVING CHILDCARE? RSVP to TLFLY05@GMAIL.COM or call 727-517-5446

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What is Simplicity Parenting?

Simplicity Parenting offers a clear and effective pathway to simplify four realms at home, which reduces stress on children and their parents, an allows room for connection, creativity and
relaxation. Parents who use this approach find that their children are calmer and happier, do better socially and emotionally, are more focused at school, find it easier to comply with family rules, become less picky eaters.  Parents also find that they have more time and energy for connection, relaxation, and fun!

Who is Kim John Payne, M.Ed. ?

“Kim Payne is a closet organizer for the soul.”  - Time Magazine

A consultant and trainer to over 110 North American independent and public schools, Kim John Payne has been a school counselor, adult educator, researcher and educator for nearly 30 years, and a private family counselor for more than fifteen years.  For more info:  www.simplicityparenting.com

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“TOO MUCH, TOO FAST, TOO SOON” CREATES STRESS FOR KIDS

Simplify Your Child’s Life, says internationally recognized author & counselor.

Family counselor Kim John Payne says that when he would take on a new client, he would offer them a year of therapy or have him spending just one day at their house. “Many of today’s behavioral issues come from children having too much stuff and living a life that is too fast. I would visit from breakfast to bedtime, I helped the parents simplify their routines and lives and very often the parents see an improvement their child’s behavior within days,” says Payne.

Payne asserts that many of today’s child behavior problems comes from TMS – Too Much Stuff. “All children are quirky, that’s what makes them lovable,who they are. But these cumulative stresses slide those quirks along the behavior spectrum into disorders – the dreaded “Ds”. Simplicity Parenting is a way to slide the child back down the spectrum. They go from having a label back to being lovable and quirky.”

Payne has traveled through Asia and Africa helping families devastated by AIDS or war. He says children in western countries have many of the same stresses – but for the opposite reasons. “There is not a lot of difference between how kids over stressed are acting in parts of Asia and Africa. “The children in the developing world often have had negative sensory overwhelm, and we give our children sensory overwhelm here – too many trinkets, too many choices, too much information – and this causes a cumulative stress issue in kids that leads to behavioral disorders.” “Our children are living in the undeclared war on childhood.” Payne will help parents at the talk create their own Simplicity Menu for their family, breaking it down into five layers: Simplify the environment (books, toys etc), meal times and food, schedules and information. He asks that parents see childhood as an unfolding experience, not an enrichment opportunity. “If it is an enrichment opportunity, then we’re in an arms race, trying to get the most for our child. This is fundamentally a con, and not healthy.”

He adds that children respond well to this approach. “You choose whatever fits naturally in your family life. When a family simplifies, the kids love it. It’s not a battle. We think kids will put up resistance but they don’t; they like it. It’s about warmth and connecting. In simplifying parenting we get closer to our children, they no longer have to fight for our attention, everything becomes easier and it is actually achieved by doing less.”

You are invited to read more on Kim John Payne’s web site…

www.simplicityparenting.com

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