Simple Happy Parenting: The Secret of Less for Calmer Parents and Happier Kids

July 22, 2019

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Create space for calmer, more creative kids and restore order and happiness at the heart of family life.

As I embarked upon my parenting journey I read book after book pregnancy, parenting and raising children. Hoping that all these books would give me all the answers to the questions I would have at each new stage. Far from arming me with the information and knowledge, they made me feel overwhelmed and not cut out to be a parent.

Since becoming a parent I have strived to do the best for my children. Fumbling my way through sleepless nights, milestones, illnesses and everything in between. Never quite sure whether I am doing things correctly or just like my school report ‘improvement is required’.

Simple Happy Parenting

Looking to ensure I’m striking the balance in my parenting skills and life I was intrigued to read the ‘Simple Happy Parenting‘ book written by Denaye Barahona Ph.D. With the opening letter to her readers striking a chord with my thoughts and worries about life as a parent. With her hopes that parents find inspiration amongst the pages rather than use the book as a parenting bible.

Full of practical tips to help you step back from the system overload so common in modern family life and, instead, create more time to enjoy living and learning together. Covering three main topic areas;

  • Welcome to a simpler way – An introduction into the simple happy parenting philosophy. How changing the way you approach different areas of parenting can have a positive impact on other areas.
  • Design a simple family home – Showcasing ways in which you can minimise the things you accumulate when you have children. From setting designated spaces in your home, capsule wardrobes and organisation.
  • The simple approach to parenting – Sharing the ways in which you can stress less, enjoy more and encourage your children to find their own voice.

A refreshing approach to parenting which allows parents to utilise the areas they need inspiration in, Giving simple ways to be the present parent in your child’s life. Whilst some of the ideas in the book I already utilised in my parenting style, it was lovely to have this reinforced as a positive as well as gaining inspiration for other areas.

Buy less. Fear less. Referee less. Hurry less. Entertain less.

About the Author – Denaye Barahona

Denaye Barahona is the inspirational voice behind Simple Families blog, podcast and community, where she spreads her simple solutions for thriving in motherhood. Her work has been featured on the like of the Today Show (where she is a top contributor on the parenting team), Pop Sugar, and Parenting Magazine.

A clinical social worker with a speciality in child and family practice, and a Ph.D. in Child Development, Denaye has spent much of her career working with parents who deal with challenging behaviour in children. She lives in New York state with her husband and two children. From her on-the-job training as a mom and her professional experience, Denaye has learned how desperately all parents want to get everything right – yet in the process, have the tendency to overcomplicate, overthink and get overwhelmed. 

Denaye’s refreshing philosophy is that simple really is smart. She advocates taking a holistic approach to helping the whole family stay well: physical, emotional and relational. That means living well by developing a healthy relationship with yourself, your family and your home.

Win a copy of Simple Happy Parenting

To help you look at parenting from a different viewpoint, we are lucky enough to have a copy of Simple Happy Parenting to giveaway.

Prize: Simple Happy Parenting: The Secret of Less for Calmer Parents and Happier Kids

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Simply Happy Parenting


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    Anything to make life easier sounds good to me!

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  • Stuart Hargreaves July 23, 2019 at 7:26 am

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  • Rhian Westbury July 23, 2019 at 1:14 pm

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    Oh wow, this looks dead handy when things look bleak!!

  • Tracy Newton July 29, 2019 at 8:06 pm

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  • Gemma Cross July 29, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    This book sounds great. I love the idea of simplifying aspects of life to make family life happier. My life is definately complicated in so many areas

  • Katie Skeoch July 31, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Every little bit of advice helps in the puzzle that is parenting!

  • Troy Easton August 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm

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    Great gift for my sister in law.

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