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Nov 24, 2021

When you ask parents what they want for their kids, the typical response is “to be happy”. But how do you raise successful and happy kids? Dive in as Kim John Payne talks about the pillars of simple parenting and techniques to help establish strong family relationships, trust, and connection to assist children in being more future-oriented and more prepared for the inevitable societal hurdles.

Key takeaways to listen for

  • Key assets for strengthening children's emotional intelligence
  • CPTSD: Symptoms, behavior, and recovery
  • Resetting expectations of what family really needs
  • Resources to create a consistent parenting and rhythms
  • Simplifying parenting style to keep family’s mental health
  • How to raise a future-oriented child
  • Impacts of flow principle to a parent-child interaction and parents' well-being

Resources mentioned in this episode


About Kim John Payne 

Kim John Payne is a consultant and trainer to over 230 U.S. independent and public schools. He has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He regularly gives key-note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world.

He has also consulted for educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, Thailand and China. Kim has worked extensively with the North American and UK Waldorf educational movements. He has served as Director of the Collaborative Counseling program at Antioch University New England. He is the Director of the Simplicity Project, a multi media social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world. He is also the Founding Director of The Center for Social Sustainability, an organization that has trained thousands of teachers, parents and students in the Three Stream Process that gives social, emotional and behavioral support to children who struggle in the school environment.

In addition to authoring the #1 Best Seller Simplicity Parenting© . Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kid, published by Random House Penguin in 2009, he also authored The Games Children Play©, (1996) published by Hawthorn Press ,The Soul of Discipline (2015 Random House/Penguin), co-authored Whole Child Sport™ How to Navigate Child & Youth Sports™. and Being At Your Best When Your Kids Are At Their Worst (Shambhala Press 2019). His books have been translated into 27 languages.

He has appeared frequently on television including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox; on radio with the BBC, Sirius/XM, CBC & NPR and in print including being featured in Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering, Times Union and the LA Times.

Kim strives to deepen understanding and give practical tools for life that arise out of the burning social issues of our time. He lives on a farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

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