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.  When asked where they lived, she would answer, “In the greater Chicagoland area.” Cute!!

Among the various things that I do, I have been trained to lead Simplicity Parenting workshops, based on the book of the same name, written by Kim John Payne.  This book is fabulous!  I have also used it in my Parent Child classes.  I will be offering a Simplicity Parenting workshop in the greater Chicagoland area–more specifically, the north side, beginning next month.  If you are interested in attending or want more info, let me know.  Here is a little more info:SPSoftCoverLogo



Parents and others who participate in these groups will:

  • Deepen their understanding and practice of Simplicity Parenting.
  • Introduce and integrate sustainable simplifying changes at home.
  • Enhance their sense of connection and purpose with their partners/spouses.
  • Give and receive support from their co-participants.
  • Receive expert encouragement and support from the group leader.
  • Learn listening and coping skills to improve communication and connection.
  • Experience more calm and connection at home.


If you have “had it” with parenting books that are packed with brilliant ideas, but no clues as to how to actually make them happen at home, this group might be for you….

The group experience is

* Based on the book, Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

* Led by a trained Simplicity Parenting Group Leader

* 4-12 participants, 7 sessions (weekly, bi-monthly, monthly)

* An effective blend of support, learning, and discussion

* Using new understanding of how change happens

* Supporting sustainable simplifying self-selected change

* Enhancing loving connection at home

* Uniting parents in the shared endeavor of parenting

* A place to explore your values as a parent

* Exploring how to connect your parenting style and skills with your values

* Building community with other “Simplicity Families”

You will

* Explore Simplicity Parenting – why, how, when

* Understand the four realms for simplifying

* Self-select small changes in each realm

* Learn how to design a change plan with your co-parent or friend

* Give and receive support for enacting and sustaining  it at home

* Build new connections  in the group and at home


Outline of 7 Group Sessions

January 10              Session 1  Why Simplify?

9:30-12            Values and ideals: Motivation for Change

January 24              Session 2   Checking for Soul Fever

9:30-12            Developing the instincts of love

February 7              Session 3   Environment

9:30-12            Creating context for connection

February 21            Session 4  Rhythm

9:30-12            Making a place for pause

March 7                   Session 5  Scheduling

9:30-12            Building balance

March 21         Session 6  Filtering Out

9:30-12            Protecting and strengthening our children

March 28         Session 7  Onward, together!

9:30-12            Building community for our families


  • Imagine your home as a place where time moves a little more slowly…
  • Imagine making time for fun, connection, relaxing…
  • Imagine that your love will accommodate your child’s acting out without you losing your cool…
  • Imagine your child’s room uncluttered, peaceful…
  • Imagine your family’s days acquiring a sense of order, rhythm, and flow…
  • Imagine your child having unscheduled time every day to daydream and play…
  • Imagine what is said at home becoming more kind, true, and necessary…
  • Imagine using “unplugged” time for the family to be together…

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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