Simple Families Podcast: Parenting + Minimalism

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SFP 168: Hiking with Kids [How + WHY]
<p>Life gets busy. Sometimes it gets hard to make time for the simple things–like taking your kids for a walk in nature. But the value of the free and simple things should never be underestimated. Today, I’m sharing my favorite strategies for hiking with kids and the immense (yet not-so-obvious) benefits for the whole family. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode168/">SFP 168: Hiking with Kids [How + WHY]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 21, 2019
SFP 167: The Love Languages + Children [with Diane Debrovner of Parents Magazine]
<p>In today’s episode, we are discussing the 5 Love Languages as they pertain to children. I am joined by Diane Debrover, the Deputy Editor of Parents Magazine where we talk through each of the Love Languages and explore how they show up in children. Spoiler alert: I’ve got my reservations about the Love Language of […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode167/">SFP 167: The Love Languages + Children [with Diane Debrovner of Parents Magazine]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 07, 2019
SFP 166: The Tip of The Iceberg (Brain Busyness)
<p>Summer is supposed to be relaxing, yet I have found that this summer we’ve had a lot of transition, a lot of change, and my brain has been very busy. Therefore, today’s episode is dedicated to just that: We’re talking about the “Tip of the Iceberg” and brain busyness. [FULL TRANSCRIPTION] This week we’re getting […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode166/">SFP 166: The Tip of The Iceberg (Brain Busyness)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jul 23, 2019
SFP 165: Journey to Simplicity | Jane’s Story
<p>Today I’m chatting with Jane Monnier about her journey towards reducing mental and physical clutter. Jane is a longtime member of the Simple Families Community. She’s also is a rocket-scientist-turned-military-wife-and-mother who has lived around the world with her family. I think you will enjoy Jane’s wisdom in this episode! (Full episode transcription below). Show Notes/Links: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode165/">SFP 165: Journey to Simplicity | Jane’s Story</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jul 10, 2019
SFP 164: Late Bloomers [with Rich Karlgaard of Forbes Magazine]
<p>In today’s episode, I am chatting with Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine, about his new book Late Bloomers. Rich is a self-proclaimed late bloomer. He’s sharing more of his story along with some research that will give fellow parents of late bloomers some piece of mind. Show Notes/Links The Book: Late Bloomers Rich’s Website […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode164/">SFP 164: Late Bloomers [with Rich Karlgaard of Forbes Magazine]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 26, 2019
SFP 163: Reflections on Bad Language + Potty Talk
<p>It happens. All kids will use less-than-desirable language as they are growing up. Whether its potty words or outright profanity, we all deal with this as parents. Today I’m reflecting on how we’ve been managing it in our house–including what is working and what is not working.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode163/">SFP 163: Reflections on Bad Language + Potty Talk</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 19, 2019
SFP 162: Reading Aloud + Our Book Overhaul [with Emily Cook of Build Your Library]
<p>I recently went through and did a huge book overhaul. I got rid of all the “twaddle” in favor of prioritizing high quality, well-written children’s books. To quote today’s guest Emily Cook, “well-read children will grow into well-read adults”. In this episode, Emily and I talk about reading aloud and choosing great books for our […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode162/">SFP 162: Reading Aloud + Our Book Overhaul [with Emily Cook of Build Your Library]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 12, 2019
SFP 161: Behind-The-Scenes
<p>It’s officially book launch week! In today’s episode I am sharing more about the publishing process behind Simple Happy Parenting, along with my goals and hopes for the book and what exactly I am afraid of. Thank you for all your support! You can still claim the pre-order bonus during launch week!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode161/">SFP 161: Behind-The-Scenes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 04, 2019
SFP 160: Selfish vs. Selfless Parenthood [with Hunter of Mindful Mama Mentor]
<p>There is a fine line between selfishness and selflessness in parenthood. In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Hunter Clarke-Fields of Mindful Mama Mentor. We talking about martyrdom in motherhood and how trying to be-it-all and do-it-all is not actually the best thing for kids. This is an important message for every parent. SHOW NOTES/SHOW LINKS: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode160/">SFP 160: Selfish vs. Selfless Parenthood [with Hunter of Mindful Mama Mentor]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 29, 2019
SFP 159: Slow Living with Kids: Painful or Delightful?
<p>Slow living with kids…what does that look like? Frankly, the days can feel painfully slow. But sometimes they can be delightful. What gives? Today we are talking about shifting toward a slower lifestyle and what that looks like with family life. Finding a balance between structured and unstructured family time can help us find more […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode159/">SFP 159: Slow Living with Kids: Painful or Delightful?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 22, 2019
SFP 158: Practical Steps to Simple, Happy Parenting [with Desirae Endrees of Minimalish]
<p>I get to be on the other side of the table today! In today’s episode, I am being interviewed by the host of Minimalish, Desirae Endrees. I had the pleasure of being a guest on Minimalish last week and I loved our chat so much that I wanted to re-air this episode for you on […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode158/">SFP 158: Practical Steps to Simple, Happy Parenting [with Desirae Endrees of Minimalish]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 15, 2019
SFP 157: Our Decision to Homeschool
<p>In today’s episode I am sharing more about our decision to homeschool. Homeschool was never in the plans for our family, so I will tell you more about our decision to go down this path. I’m also sharing some of the vital pieces in making this process successful for our family. Hint: It doesn’t involve […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode157/">SFP 157: Our Decision to Homeschool</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 08, 2019
SFP 156: Little Bits of Happiness [with authors Marc and Angel Chernoff]
<p>Changing your mindset and finding joy usually doesn’t happen overnight. Baby steps, right? In today’s episode, I am chatting with authors and happiness experts Marc and Angel Chernoff. We’ll explore the small ways we can increase happiness and life a more intentional life. Show Notes/Links: Marc and Angel’s Website: Marc & Angel Hack Life Find […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode156/">SFP 156: Little Bits of Happiness [with authors Marc and Angel Chernoff]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 01, 2019
SFP 155: Simple Happy Parenting [The First Chapter of My New Book]
<p>On the podcast today I am reading the first chapter of my new book, Simple Happy Parenting: The Secret of Less for Calmer Parents and Happier Kids. Show Notes/Links: Preorder the book: Simple Happy Parenting Grab your spot in The Masterclass</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode155/">SFP 155: Simple Happy Parenting [The First Chapter of My New Book]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 24, 2019
SFP 154: Simplifying Parenthood [with Nicole Smith]
<p>Simplifying parenthood may sound like a lofty goal. But in today’s episode, I am chatting with Nicole Smith, a mother who has made huge strides. Nicole is sharing her ‘Journey to Simplicity’ that has happened over the past few months. Nicole is a wife, mother of three children, and a former participant in the Simple […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode154/">SFP 154: Simplifying Parenthood [with Nicole Smith]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 17, 2019
SFP 153: Simple Living + Free-Range Parenting with Big Kids [with Tsh Oxenreider of The Art of Simple]
<p>In today’s episode, Tsh Oxenreider is sharing more about her “Journey to Simplicity”. Tsh is a wife and mother of three who has been on the path towards a simpler, more intentional life for over a decade. Tsh is an author and the voice behind The Art of Simple and the podcast ‘Simple’. She’s sharing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode153/">SFP 153: Simple Living + Free-Range Parenting with Big Kids [with Tsh Oxenreider of The Art of Simple]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 10, 2019
SFP 152: The Fear of Underparenting
<p>Overparenting is a phenomenon that happens for many parents who have the best of intentions. We want the best for our children and as a result, we want to do everything and be everything for them. This happens because we are fearful of not doing enough. We fear underparenting. This often spills over into discipline. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode152/">SFP 152: The Fear of Underparenting</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 27, 2019
SFP 151: The Comparison Game [with Erica Layne of The Life on Purpose Movement]
<p>In the age of social media, it’s impossible to avoid “the comparison game”. In this episode, I am chatting with my friend Erica Layne from The Life on Purpose Movement. We are exploring the tendency to compare our family to others and how the comparison game and emotional clutter has impacted us personally. SHOW NOTES/LINKS: […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode151/">SFP 151: The Comparison Game [with Erica Layne of The Life on Purpose Movement]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 20, 2019
SFP 150: Tips on Choosing Childcare + My Experience with the Au Pair Program
<p>Since we brought our first au pair last summer I have received nearly constant questions about the experience. So today, I am sharing my thoughts on all types of childcare arrangements (including daycare, family care, nannies, nanny share, etc.) and how we came to our decision to use an au pair. In this episode, I’ll […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode150/">SFP 150: Tips on Choosing Childcare + My Experience with the Au Pair Program</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 13, 2019
SFP 149: The Science Behind Outdoor Play + Movement [with Carla Hannaford Ph.D.]
<p>Last week, we had a primer on the importance of outdoor play with Linda Åkeson McGurk. This week, I am re-airing an important follow up piece on the scientific perspective on this topic. In today’s episode, I speak with Carla Hannaford, world-renowned biologist and outdoor advocate, about her studies on the connection between movement and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode149/">SFP 149: The Science Behind Outdoor Play + Movement [with Carla Hannaford Ph.D.]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 06, 2019
SFP 148: Getting Kids Outside in ALL Types of Weather [with Linda from Rain or Shine Mamma]
<p>Today I have one of the top Simple Families episodes! I am re-sharing my chat with Linda Åkeson McGurk about the importance of getting kids outside in all sorts of weather–even in the heart of winter. There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. Linda, a Swedish mother, joins us to talk about […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode148/">SFP 148: Getting Kids Outside in ALL Types of Weather [with Linda from Rain or Shine Mamma]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Feb 27, 2019
SFP 147: Mothering Without A Village [with Lora Amigo]
<p>The journey into motherhood isn’t easy for any woman. But after giving birth here in the U.S., there is societal pressure to return to a “normal life” almost overnight. In other cultures, this transition comes more gently. Women are given more time, more support, and more grace. In today’s episode I am chatting with my […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode147/">SFP 147: Mothering Without A Village [with Lora Amigo]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Feb 20, 2019
SFP 146: International Perspectives in Parenting [with Devishobha Chandramouli of Kidskintha]
<p>As a parent raising children in the United States, I realize that I have a lot to learn from other cultures around the world. In today’s episode, I am exploring an international perspective with Indian mother Devishobha Chandramouli. Devishobha is raising her children in India, but is also involved and informed with Western parenting practices. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode146/">SFP 146: International Perspectives in Parenting [with Devishobha Chandramouli of Kidskintha]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Feb 13, 2019
SFP 145: Q&A – Why Do Some Kids Turn into Angry Zombies with Screen Time?
<p>Why is it that some kids turn into zombies in front of a screen? Then they get angry and act crazy when we turn it off? That’s what we are talking about in today’s episode. I’m going to be skimming the surface on some brain research and share how I use this to manage and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode145/">SFP 145: Q&A – Why Do Some Kids Turn into Angry Zombies with Screen Time?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Feb 06, 2019
SFP 144: Talking to Young Kids about Sex [with Amy Lang of Birds+Bees+Kids]
<p>In today’s episode, I’m chatting with Amy Lang about sex. She’s sharing her best tips on how to talk to kids about sex, the human body, teaching consent, and the sexualization of childhood. This is a conversation that needs to be on the radar of all parents with young children. SHOW NOTES/LINKS: Amy’s Podcast: Just […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode144/">SFP 144: Talking to Young Kids about Sex [with Amy Lang of Birds+Bees+Kids]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 30, 2019
SFP 143: Q&A – How do you handle when your parenting choices clash with others?
<p>The way that you parent will look very differently from that of your close friends and family members. Today I am answering a listener’s question. We are discussing how to manage these relationships when you have very different expectations for your own children. Show Notes/Links: Cooperation: the Mini-Course (FREE) Overview of Diana Baumrind’s Research on […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode143/">SFP 143: Q&A – How do you handle when your parenting choices clash with others?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 23, 2019
SFP 142: Organization for Everyone [with Rachel Rosenthal]
<p>In today’s episode I am chatting with professional organizer Rachel Rosenthal. If you are anything like me, you might struggle with complex organizational systems. Rachel is bringing her best tips to keep it simple and approachable–and maybe make 2019 your most organized year yet. Show Notes/Links: Rachel’s Online Program (use the code NEW YEAR for 10% off) Rachel’s Website Rachel […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode142/">SFP 142: Organization for Everyone [with Rachel Rosenthal]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 16, 2019
SFP 141: Q&A – Can you tell us more about your 2019 resolution?
<p>If you’ve ever wanted to drink less alcohol, then you might want to tune into this episode. I’ve had a lot of questions about my 2019 resolution to give up alcohol–even though I wouldn’t classify myself as a heavy drinker. Today on the podcast I am sharing more about my “why” and some of the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode141/">SFP 141: Q&A – Can you tell us more about your 2019 resolution?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 09, 2019
SFP 140: Slow Resolutions [with Erin Loechner]
<p>In today’s episode I am chatting with Erin Loechner. Erin is an author, blogger, designer, and mother of two. She shares her journey towards simple living along with her best tips for making slower New Year’s Resolutions–including arm circles, waking up before the kids, and finding your own definition of self-care. Show Notes/Links: Find Erin […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode140/">SFP 140: Slow Resolutions [with Erin Loechner]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 02, 2019
SFP 139: Q&A – How Do I Get My Kid to Play Independently?
<p>Independent play doesn’t come easily to all children. In today’s episode we are discussing what to expect from independent play as well as how to support our children to do it more often. When it comes to independent play, it’s important that we do three things: gauge our expectations as parents; assess the individual personality […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode139/">SFP 139: Q&A – How Do I Get My Kid to Play Independently?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Dec 27, 2018
SFP 138: Q&A – Is Your Social Media Actually Real Life?
16:40
<p>About 95% of everything I put on the internet is real life, not staged. The other 5% includes things like the photo in this post, because I generally don’t frolic in fields in pretty dresses. Today I am answering a question from a reader about how much of what I share with you is representative […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode138/">SFP 138: Q&A – Is Your Social Media Actually Real Life?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Dec 18, 2018
SFP 137: Let’s Stop Hurrying our Children [with Janet Lansbury]
39:42
<p>I don’t know about you–but my kids have the tendency to move slowly. They function on their own timeline. The result is that as parents, we often find ourselves “hurrying” them to speed up and get on our agenda. In today’s episode I am chatting with Janet Lansbury about hurrying our kids through their days […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode137/">SFP 137: Let’s Stop Hurrying our Children [with Janet Lansbury]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Dec 12, 2018
SFP 136: Taking the Road Less Traveled [with Rachel from Sage Parenting]
48:06
<p>Taking the road less traveled is not always simple. During the holiday season the list of obligations grow rapidly and saying “no” can seem out of reach. Today I am chatting with Rachel Rainbolt from Sage Parenting. Rachel and I are talking about the idea of “doing life differently”. Many of us are raising our […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode136/">SFP 136: Taking the Road Less Traveled [with Rachel from Sage Parenting]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Dec 04, 2018
SFP 135: Choosing Great Toys [with Lizzie Assa from The Workspace For Children]
35:25
<p>Buying new toys for our children can be exciting–but it can also be overwhelming. There are so many options out there and our children are inundated with marketing materials. Today I am chatting with Lizzie Assa from the Workspace for Children. She and her family buy toys outside of the mainstream options–that means they lean towards […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode135/">SFP 135: Choosing Great Toys [with Lizzie Assa from The Workspace For Children]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Nov 28, 2018
SFP 134: Happier for the Holidays [with Gretchen Rubin]
59:27
<p>We all believe that the holiday season is the happiest time of the year. But is it really? Today I am chatting with Happiness Guru Gretchen Rubin about finding happiness in the holiday season. You may know Gretchen from one of her New York Times bestselling books, her top ranked podcast, or perhaps most importantly […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode134/">SFP 134: Happier for the Holidays [with Gretchen Rubin]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Nov 19, 2018
SFP 133: Holiday Q+A [Part II]
23:39
<p>Welcome back to Part II of the Holiday Q&A (If you missed Part I, catch it here!). Rachelle Crawford from Abundant Life with Less and Zoë Kim from Raising Simple are joining me to answer the rest of your holiday questions. Today we will chat about minimal decorating, envy amongst children, simple holiday meals, and more. We will bring […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode133/">SFP 133: Holiday Q+A [Part II]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Nov 14, 2018
SFP 132: Holiday Q+A [Part I]
32:05
<p>The holidays are upon us. I am here to tell you that you don’t need to do or buy all.the.things. Today is the first of a two-part series focused on answering your questions about living a more intentional holiday season. I am joined by Rachelle Crawford from Abundant Life with Less and Zoë Kim from […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode132/">SFP 132: Holiday Q+A [Part I]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Nov 07, 2018
SFP 131: Rewiring Our Brains for Gratitude [with Josie Robinson of The Gratitude Jar]
35:49
<p>Dare I say that developing a gratitude practice is actually easy? I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly small acts of gratitude have changed my life. In today’s interview I am chatting with mother and gratitude expert Josie Robinson about her unlikely, yet transformative journey. LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES Show Links/Notes: The Gratitude Jar […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode131/">SFP 131: Rewiring Our Brains for Gratitude [with Josie Robinson of The Gratitude Jar]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 31, 2018
SFP 130: Letting Go of Unrealistic Expectations in Motherhood [with Natalie from Better Postpartum]
33:44
<p>Starting in the early days of pregnancy we set expectations for ourselves. Perhaps your kids won’t have screen time. You will breastfeed for one year or more. Your kids will only eat organic. In today’s episode Natalie Telyatnikov [from Better Postpartum] and I are sharing some of the unrealistic expectations of which we have let […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode130/">SFP 130: Letting Go of Unrealistic Expectations in Motherhood [with Natalie from Better Postpartum]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 24, 2018
SFP 129: Work Can Be Self-Care [Meghan Fitzgerald of Tinkergarten]
32:42
<p>Most of us feel like there’s no way we could add one more thing to our plate. But the truth is that starting a side-hustle (or part-time passion-driven work) can actually be a form of self-care. I know that for me, working helps to fill up my cup so I can be more calm and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode129/">SFP 129: Work Can Be Self-Care [Meghan Fitzgerald of Tinkergarten]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 17, 2018
SFP 128: Living Coffee ’til Cocktails [with Brooke Conley]
41:50
<p>Sometimes there is so much to be done that we find ourselves needing coffee to wake up in the morning and wine to take the edge off and calm down in the evening. In today’s episode I am talking with Brooke Conley about alcohol + motherhood. If you have ever thought about cutting back on alcohol […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode128/">SFP 128: Living Coffee ’til Cocktails [with Brooke Conley]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 10, 2018
SFP 127: Simple Q&A | Too many gifts, siblings quarrels, social media + kids
26:32
<p>Today on the podcast I am sharing a Q&A episode. That means I am taking your questions and giving you my honest, unfiltered answers. In this episode we are talking about how many gifts to give, how to manage sibling squabbles, minimalism in different regions, and mealtime struggles.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode127/">SFP 127: Simple Q&A | Too many gifts, siblings quarrels, social media + kids</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 03, 2018
SFP 126: How to Give Your Child the Very Best [with Bill Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep]
28:29
<p>As parents, we just want to give our kids the best. We want to give them opportunities and send them to the best colleges. Sometimes that means signing them up for all the classes and starting the resumé in the earliest years. In today’s episode I am chatting with author Bill Deresiewicz. We are discussing the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode126/">SFP 126: How to Give Your Child the Very Best [with Bill Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 26, 2018
SFP 125: The Value of Just Staying Home [with author Rahima Dancy]
34:55
<p>In today’s society we often feel like we need to be out and about, entertaining our children and staying busy. In this episode I am joined by author Rahima Dancy. We are discussing the educational value of just staying home with our children–because their most important learning experiences start right at home with us. Show […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode125/">SFP 125: The Value of Just Staying Home [with author Rahima Dancy]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 18, 2018
SFP 124: Rethinking Education in the Early Years [with Aubrey Hargis of Child of The Redwoods]
39:17
<p>[Heads up–there’s a wee bit of audio issues in the first part of the interview, but hang it there–it gets better!] This month we are going to be rethinking education. For anyone that has followed the podcast for sometime, you will know that I am an advocate for progressive forms of education. Namely child-led learning […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode124/">SFP 124: Rethinking Education in the Early Years [with Aubrey Hargis of Child of The Redwoods]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 12, 2018
SFP 123: Simple Q&A
27:41
<p>Back by popular demand, today’s episode is a Q&A format. I am answering a variety of your questions about positive parenting, minimalism, moving, homeschooling, and childcare [all rather unapologetically–because remember this is opinion and what works for my family]. Show Notes/Links Follow Simple Families on Instagram Simplify Child Behavior Program Preview App Oak Meadow Cultural […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode123/">SFP 123: Simple Q&A</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 05, 2018
SFP 122: Intentional Fatherhood [with Clark Davis]
25:11
<p>Today is the first ever male guest on the podcast. While it’s long overdue, I am happy to welcome my friend Clark Davis. Clark is the final interview in the series ‘Journey to Simplicity’ this month. In today’s episode, Clark shares his insight on living small, intentional fatherhood, and minimalism. Not only is Clark on […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode122/">SFP 122: Intentional Fatherhood [with Clark Davis]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 29, 2018
SFP 121: Minimalism + Parenthood [with Kristen Puzzo]
37:40
<p>This is my favorite podcast episode yet. This month we are exploring the journey to simplicity in four real-life families. Because minimalism just makes good sense for families. Today I am chatting with Kristen Puzzo. Kristen is an active member of the Simple Families Community. I have been following her journey as she has been lightening the heavy […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode121/">SFP 121: Minimalism + Parenthood [with Kristen Puzzo]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 22, 2018
SFP 120: Trading my Job for Simplicity [with Lilly Neubauer]
37:22
<p>Some people make big life changes in search of simplicity–Lilly Neubauer is one of them. When the busyness in her life spiraled out of control, Lilly quit her job to get her family back on track. I look forward to sharing her story with you today. Show Links: Trading my Job for Minimalism (Lilly’s Guest […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode120/">SFP 120: Trading my Job for Simplicity [with Lilly Neubauer]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 15, 2018
SFP 119: Living an Abundant Life with Less [with Rachelle Crawford]
39:43
<p>We are launching off a new 4-part series:  Journey to Simplicity. I am interviewing four real families about moving towards minimalism and how it has impacted their lives.  Today I am chatting with Rachelle Crawford. Rachelle and her family of 5 live in Michigan. She felt a sudden call to minimalism 18 months ago and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode119/">SFP 119: Living an Abundant Life with Less [with Rachelle Crawford]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 08, 2018
SFP 118: All-Natural Biohacks for Kids [with author Jena Pincott]
33:14
<p>We know the environment in which we live and the food we eat have an impact on the development of our children. In today’s episode I am speaking with author + science writer Jena Pincott about all-natural biohacks for parents. Biohacks involve making changes to diet and lifestyle that transform biological tendencies that exist in […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode118/">SFP 118: All-Natural Biohacks for Kids [with author Jena Pincott]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 01, 2018
SFP 117: Finding the Balance of Work Vs. Play in Childhood [with Jeanne-Marie Paynel of Voila Montessori]
31:47
<p>The value of play in childhood is often underestimated. Our children need to play and when pushed into academics at a young age they miss vital opportunities to develop and grow. In today’s episode we are discussing the balance between work and play. I am chatting with Jeanne-Marie Paynel of Voila Montessori about understanding the connection […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode117/">SFP 117: Finding the Balance of Work Vs. Play in Childhood [with Jeanne-Marie Paynel of Voila Montessori]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jul 26, 2018
SFP 116: Raising Naturally Curious Children [with Nicole Roccaro]
49:20
<p>Children benefit from the opportunity to play in open-ended, unstructured environments. Today I am talking with Nicole Roccaro from Naturally Curious Children. We talk about finding a balance in play, leaning towards unstructured activities, and following our children’s lead. Nicole’s home and approach are inspired by something called Reggio-Emilia. In this episode, we are discussing […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode116/">SFP 116: Raising Naturally Curious Children [with Nicole Roccaro]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jul 18, 2018
SFP 115: The Benefits of Rowdy Play [with Frances Carlson of Big Body Play]
42:47
<p>Horseplay is developmentally beneficial for our growing children. If you have a kid who plays rowdy, then you need to hear this. We need to find a way to encourage this behavior rather than discourage it. In today’s episode, I am chatting with Frances Carlson, the author of the book Big Body Play. I found […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode115/">SFP 115: The Benefits of Rowdy Play [with Frances Carlson of Big Body Play]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jul 11, 2018
SFP 114: The Importance of Play
17:17
<p>Never underestimate what your children are learning through play. In the early years, play is the main vehicle for learning and education. In today’s episode, I will be introducing you to the importance of play. We chat about stages of play, types of play, and what role that adults may have in play. Show Notes/Links […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode114/">SFP 114: The Importance of Play</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jul 03, 2018
SFP 113: Simplifying Child Behavior | Troubleshooting “Time-Out”
25:53
<p>Child behavior is anything but straightforward. My children are well-behaved, but as humans–they have their “moments”. As parents, we can feel powerless when our kids aren’t cooperating or being respectful. Today on the podcast I am explaining how we blend positive parenting methods with some strategies and techniques. One technique in particular that we are […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode113/">SFP 113: Simplifying Child Behavior | Troubleshooting “Time-Out”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 27, 2018
SFP 112: Do we control our kids? [With Hunter from Mindful Mama Mentor]
45:08
<p>In today’s episode I am chatting with Hunter Clarke-Fields of Mindful Mama Mentor. Hunter specializes in mindful parenting and in this episode we are talking about control in parenting. As parents, we feel like we should have control over our children. But children have their own agendas and ideas about this. How much control do […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode112/">SFP 112: Do we control our kids? [With Hunter from Mindful Mama Mentor]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 20, 2018
SFP 111: How You Talk to Kids + Why it Matters [with Tracy from Zero to Five]
48:57
<p>The words that we speak to our children become their inner voice. And the average woman speaks 20,000 words per day. While we can’t always be intentional in the way we speak to our children, we can do better. In today’s episode, author Tracy Cutchlow and I are discussing how to speak to our children. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode111/">SFP 111: How You Talk to Kids + Why it Matters [with Tracy from Zero to Five]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 13, 2018
SFP 110: Raising Successful Kids [with Krista from A Life in Progress]
47:07
<p>What does it mean to “raise successful kids”? Today I am chatting with Krista from A Life in Progress. I knew I could rely on Krista to bring some excellent perspective to this topic and she comes through in this episode. When it comes to life, Krista thinks outside the box and walks off the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode110/">SFP 110: Raising Successful Kids [with Krista from A Life in Progress]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 07, 2018
SFP 109: Make your home child-friendly, rather than child-proof [with Nicole from The Kavanaugh Report]
51:24
<p>Parents spend a great deal of time and money baby-proofing the home. But how does this process impact our kids? Today, I am chatting with Nicole from The Kavanaugh Report. Nicole and I are both passionate about creating a home that is child-friendly rather than child-proof. That means that we are thoughtful to design our […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode109/">SFP 109: Make your home child-friendly, rather than child-proof [with Nicole from The Kavanaugh Report]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 30, 2018
SFP 108: Moving, Minimalism, and Building a Happy Home
40:55
<p>Zoë Kim has lived in 24 homes in 13 different states. She’s an expert at moving and has a healthy dose of wanderlust, but she also manages to connect to the communities in which she lives. In today’s episode, Zoë and I are discussing moving, finding minimalism, and how to build a happy home (make that plural, […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode108/">SFP 108: Moving, Minimalism, and Building a Happy Home</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 23, 2018
SFP 107: How I Created a Home I Love
24:15
<p>I haven’t always lived in places that I love. But I have found gratitude and contentment in some surprising places. Today on the podcast, I am sharing how I created a home that I love along with how I engage in my community to increase a sense of attachment and rootedness. Want to talk more […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode107/">SFP 107: How I Created a Home I Love</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 14, 2018
SFP 106: Love Where You Live [with Melody Warnick, author of “This is Where You Belong”]
50:45
<p>  In today’s episode we are exploring the idea of “putting down roots” and becoming attached to the places that we live. Melody Warnick shares her own personal experience and the research on this concept called place psychology. If you ever spend time linger on Zillow or perusing the “Best Cities to Live” lists, then […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode106/">SFP 106: Love Where You Live [with Melody Warnick, author of “This is Where You Belong”]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 08, 2018
SFP 105: The Basics of Organic Gardening [with Beth from High Sierra Permaculture]
44:17
<p>Have you ever dreamt of starting an organic garden? Today on the podcast I am chatting with my friend and homesteader Beth Brettell from High Sierra Permaculture. She’s a former designer turned homesteader, and along with her partner Bret they have created a beautiful and productive garden in Northern California. Beth answers all of my […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode105/">SFP 105: The Basics of Organic Gardening [with Beth from High Sierra Permaculture]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 30, 2018
SFP 104: Food Made Simple [with Erin from The Humbled Homemaker]
45:52
<p>As mothers, we often carry the heavy responsibility of feeding our families. Despite what Pinterest leads us to believe, cooking for a family doesn’t have to be fancy. In today’s podcast episode I am chatting with Erin Odom of The Humbled Homemaker. Erin and I are discussing our favorite methods for simplifying meal planning and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode104/">SFP 104: Food Made Simple [with Erin from The Humbled Homemaker]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 24, 2018
SFP 103: The Minimalist Kitchen [with Melissa from The Faux Martha]
40:00
<p>We know that the kitchen is the most used room in the house–yet simplifying the kitchen is anything but easy. On the podcast today I am chatting with Melissa Coleman of The Faux Martha. Melissa is a food blogger and she is sharing her story about how the kitchen “broke” for her. She decided she […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode103/">SFP 103: The Minimalist Kitchen [with Melissa from The Faux Martha]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 17, 2018
SFP 102: It’s Not About Nutrition [with Dina Rose Ph.D.]
45:15
<p>Every parent wants to feed their children nutritious food. That probably means a heaping dose of vegetables, ample proteins, and a well-rounded source of vitamin-rich foods. Even if we know what we should be feeding our children, we don’t always know the magic tricks to actually get our kids to eat those super foods. In […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode102/">SFP 102: It’s Not About Nutrition [with Dina Rose Ph.D.]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 10, 2018
SFP 101: How I Feed My Family
40:49
<p>In our house, mealtimes are pleasant. My kids eat well and we enjoy each others company. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do have a Ph.D. in Child Development with a research background in child wellness. That means I use a combination of both research-based ideas and intuitive planning to help develop […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode101/">SFP 101: How I Feed My Family</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 03, 2018
SFP 100: How to Meditate Without Meditating [with Shawn from the Abundant Mama Project]
35:53
<p>I don’t have a regular yoga or meditation practice, although I wish I did. Yet each day I find moments of mindfulness and presence in regular activities. In today’s podcast episode I am speaking with Shawn Fink from The Abundant Mama Project. We are chatting all about how to meditate without meditating–and by that I […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode100/">SFP 100: How to Meditate Without Meditating [with Shawn from the Abundant Mama Project]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 27, 2018
SFP 99: Perfectionism in Motherhood [with Catia Holm]
40:51
<p>She’s skinny, ​crafty, active, accomplished in her career, family-focused, and well-dressed (all the time, even at drop off). She’s the perfect mom. She’s the mom that we are secretly striving to be–the one that does it all and has it all. In fact, many of the things we spend our time and energy striving towards are because of her. It’s because […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode99/">SFP 99: Perfectionism in Motherhood [with Catia Holm]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 20, 2018
SFP 98: Sleep + Parenthood [with Dr. Kennedy of NYC Sleep Doctor]
40:54
<p>Parenthood is notoriously associated with sleep deprivation. Good sleep goes beyond just getting kids to sleep through the night. Do any of these things resonate with you? At the end of a long day you desperately need sleep, but you can’t put your Instagram/Netflix away. You drink coffee to wake you up in the morning […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode98/">SFP 98: Sleep + Parenthood [with Dr. Kennedy of NYC Sleep Doctor]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 12, 2018
SFP 97: Mindfulness for Kids [with Jessica from Lily Pad Yoga]
42:52
<p>Stress and overwhelm are an epidemic in childhood–which means mindfulness for kids has become essential. As adults, many (if not most) of us carry significant amounts of stress and overwhelm on a daily basis. It has become so ingrained into our society and culture that we have normalized it as a part of who we […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode97/">SFP 97: Mindfulness for Kids [with Jessica from Lily Pad Yoga]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 07, 2018
SFP 96: Simple Families in March
2:30
<p>In today’s episode, I am sharing some simple (yet exciting) changes coming to the podcast and the Simple Families Community. Listen in to hear more, and click here to join the conversation for this month.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode96/">SFP 96: Simple Families in March</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 01, 2018
SFP 95: A Day in Denaye’s Life
13:09
<p>In today’s episode I am sharing more about what my typical day looks like. Like many women, I am always seeking to find a balance between having a career and spending quality time with my family. I am the primary caregiver for my 1-year-old and 4-year-old, but I also balance working from home as well. […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode95/">SFP 95: A Day in Denaye’s Life</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Feb 12, 2018
SFP 94: The How + Why of Traveling with Kids [with Amanda, my best friend and travel guru]
38:14
<p>Traveling with kids can be intimidating and even downright scary. But it’s also rewarding. In today’s episode, I have a special treat. I am chatting with my best friend and travel-with-kids-guru Amanda about adventuring both in and out of the country as  a family. Amanda and her family were recently in Hawaii for the false […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode94/">SFP 94: The How + Why of Traveling with Kids [with Amanda, my best friend and travel guru]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Feb 05, 2018
SFP 93: The Science Behind Outdoor Play + Movement [with Carla Hannaford PhD]
38:45
<p>In today’s episode, I talk with Carla Hannaford, world-renowned biologist and outdoor advocate, about her studies on the connection between movement and brain development. If you are brand new to learning about brain development, tune into episode 92 for a simple, quick overview before diving into this one.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode93/">SFP 93: The Science Behind Outdoor Play + Movement [with Carla Hannaford PhD]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 29, 2018
SFP 92: Why do babies need to crawl?
9:59
<p>In today’s world of baby gadgets and excitement around milestones, many babies are skipping the crawling stage and going straight to walking. But is this actually a good thing? In today’s episode, I discuss why crawling is important to development [and also give a preview of what’s to come for episode 93.]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode92/">SFP 92: Why do babies need to crawl?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 29, 2018
SFP 91: How do you choose children’s books?
7:41
<p>There are so many children’s books out there, how do you choose what to include in your home library? In today’s episode, we talk about why not every classic makes the cut in our family and what I look for in both new and classic storybooks.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode91/">SFP 91: How do you choose children’s books?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 24, 2018
SFP 90: There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather [with Linda from Rain or Shine Mamma]
47:21
<p>There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. Today, Swedish mother Linda Akeson McGurk joins us to talk about raising our kids to be more connected with nature. Linda’s new book is one of my favorites–and her blog, Rain or Shine Mamma, is a worth-while resource as well. I hope you enjoy this […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode90/">SFP 90: There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather [with Linda from Rain or Shine Mamma]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 22, 2018
SFP 89: Soulful Simplicity [with Courtney from Be More With Less]
35:08
<p>This week, I am excited to be talking on the podcast with Courtney Carver from Be More With Less. On the blog and podcast, I frequently discuss the “how” of minimalism. But in this episode, Courtney takes us one step further. She explains why simple living is good for your heart, family, and future. I just […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode89/">SFP 89: Soulful Simplicity [with Courtney from Be More With Less]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 08, 2018
SFP 88: How can I get older kids into simplifying?
4:59
<p>We need to respect our children and their desires–but we can also help to steer them to buy more intentionally. In today’s episode we discuss how to get older children on board with simplicity using 3 simple questions.  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode88/">SFP 88: How can I get older kids into simplifying?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 03, 2018
SFP 87: Simple Fitness in Motherhood [with Cari from Fit Mama in 30]
36:04
<p>Fitness and nutrition are on the minds of many at the beginning of a New Year. As we transition into motherhood, our bodies change. I know for me personally, the way I view my body changed after babies. But the way I use my body changed also. Fitness in motherhood is about more than just […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode87/">SFP 87: Simple Fitness in Motherhood [with Cari from Fit Mama in 30]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jan 02, 2018
SFP 86: How do you move toward a calm, simple holiday season?
13:51
<p>Is your holiday season feeling busy? In today’s episode we talk about how to find calm this holiday season–including tips to keep it simple. How to combat busyness? How to minimize decorating? How to drop the guilt? How to decrease the sugar? How to create traditions?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode86/">SFP 86: How do you move toward a calm, simple holiday season?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Dec 14, 2017
SFP 85: All About Sugar [with Megan from The Lyons Share Wellness]
32:54
<p>In today’s episode I have an interview with Megan Lyons from The Lyon’s Share Wellness (Facebook | Instagram). Megan is a health and wellness coach based in Dallas, Texas and provides services worldwide. In our chat today, we talk all about sugar. She answered several of my questions such as: Is there such thing as […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode85/">SFP 85: All About Sugar [with Megan from The Lyons Share Wellness]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Dec 07, 2017
SFP 84: How should I handle potty training regression?
7:33
<p>Potty training regression is discouraging and frustrating. In today’s episode we discuss how to handle a situation when a child suddenly starts having accidents after they’ve been successfully potty trained. Suggested Book: Oh Crap!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode84/">SFP 84: How should I handle potty training regression?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Dec 06, 2017
SFP 83: How can I handle an early riser?
10:43
<p>Early risers can leave moms and dads feeling exhausted and irritable. In today’s episode we talk about how we can survive this common stage, especially with little ones who still require some supervision. Suggested: Ok to Wake Clock + Visual Timer</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode83/">SFP 83: How can I handle an early riser?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Dec 06, 2017
SFP 82: How do you handle whining/complaining?
7:25
<p>Dealing with a child that whines and complains a lot is draining. In today’s episode we talk about how we can help model the kind of attitudes we want to see in our children, along with how to validate their feelings without encouraging the unwanted behavior.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode82/">SFP 82: How do you handle whining/complaining?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Nov 15, 2017
SFP 81: I am terrified that my kid will choke, what should I do?
7:23
<p>Starting solids with your baby can be intimidating, especially when you add in the worry of choking. In today’s episode we talk about baby led weaning and how you can tell if your baby is just gagging (and why that’s totally normal) versus choking.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode81/">SFP 81: I am terrified that my kid will choke, what should I do?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Nov 09, 2017
SFP 80: How should I handle a clingy baby?
4:47
<p>Most babies go through a stage with separation anxiety. Even though it’s a normal development stage, it can be hard on both mom and baby. In today’s episode, we discuss how to handle a clingy baby and still get the things we need to do done.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode80/">SFP 80: How should I handle a clingy baby?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Nov 08, 2017
SFP 79: SPECIAL EPISODE: How can I reduce the mental load?
14:58
<p>The mental load in motherhood is overwhelming. In today’s special episode, we are discussing why this matters and what we can do about it. Denaye also introduces a simple, 4-step plan to begin peeling back the layers. Want to starting unpacking the mental load together, join us!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode79/">SFP 79: SPECIAL EPISODE: How can I reduce the mental load?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 30, 2017
SFP 78: How can we start enjoying our child more?
6:44
<p>It’s very easy to get overwhelmed by parenting a high-needs child. Today I discuss my top recommendation for understanding and improving challenging behavior.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode78/">SFP 78: How can we start enjoying our child more?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 19, 2017
SPF 77: What are your thoughts on the term “good boy/good girl”?
6:11
<p>Sometimes we get into the habit of saying certain things to our kids–but maybe we need to reassess our words. Today we are discussing the reference to being a “good girl” or a “good boy”.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode77/">SPF 77: What are your thoughts on the term “good boy/good girl”?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 18, 2017
SFP 76: How do you handle food sharing?
5:19
<p>I don’t really recommend food sharing. In today’s episode, I discuss why.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/sfp-76-handle-food-sharing/">SFP 76: How do you handle food sharing?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 04, 2017
SFP 75: Does my kid eat too much?
8:45
<p>Today we are discussing how to manage hunger and weight in early childhood.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode75/">SFP 75: Does my kid eat too much?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Oct 03, 2017
SPF 74: How can I find a middle ground with other caregivers?
9:08
<p>In today’s episode we discuss collaborating with your child’s caregivers. I lay out some specific communication strategies that I use and give you an example of a personal situation I am facing right now.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode74/">SPF 74: How can I find a middle ground with other caregivers?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 28, 2017
SPF 73: How do you handle friends who have different parenting styles?
6:05
<p>Parenting can be divisive when it comes to friendship. Today we discuss what happens when two friends parent differently, including what to do…and what not to do.    </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode73/">SPF 73: How do you handle friends who have different parenting styles?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 27, 2017
SFP 72: When should my kid “know better”?
7:33
<p>In today’s episode we are talking about “when kids should just know better.” I explain why I don’t really like this phrase and a new way to look at these situations.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode72/">SFP 72: When should my kid “know better”?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 21, 2017
SFP 71: How can we play outside as a family?
6:32
<p>Playing outside seems so simple and natural, but often it doesn’t happen that way for many families. In today’s episode we are discussing how to promote outdoor play in families.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode71/">SFP 71: How can we play outside as a family?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 20, 2017
SFP 70: What do you do when a kid bites?
7:47
<p>Many children go through a stage where they bite, hit, or otherwise use behaviors that are undesirable. In today’s episode we discuss how these behaviors typically aren’t aggressive, instead they are primitive forms of communication.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode70/">SFP 70: What do you do when a kid bites?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 14, 2017
SFP 69: Why do kids repeatedly ask the same questions?
8:52
<p>Do you have a kid who asks the same question repeatedly? Or how about one who constantly requests the same movie, book, or song? In today’s episode we are discussing why kids need this type of repetition.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode69/">SFP 69: Why do kids repeatedly ask the same questions?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 13, 2017
SFP 68: How can I get my kid to stay in bed?
6:58
<p>In today’s episode I am sharing the best parenting advice I have ever heard along with my thoughts on keeping a small child in a bed.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode68/">SFP 68: How can I get my kid to stay in bed?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 07, 2017
SFP 67: How should I handle young children who masturbate?
6:44
<p>  Masturbation and genital touching in your children is a natural and normal part of development. In today’s episode we discuss how to address this concern when necessary.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode67/">SFP 67: How should I handle young children who masturbate?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Sep 05, 2017
SFP 66: Should kids play with toy guns?
9:15
<p>Even if we don’t buy toy guns for our children, they may decide to turn sticks and other devices into make-believe guns. In today’s episode we talk about this type of play and whether or not we should purchase toy guns for young children.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode66/">SFP 66: Should kids play with toy guns?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 31, 2017
SFP 65: SPECIAL EPISODE: How to Choose a Preschool/Daycare
15:35
<p>In today’s special episode we take a closer look at choosing a preschool/daycare for your children. I explain how I made the decision for my own children and important factors to keep in mind during the process.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode65/">SFP 65: SPECIAL EPISODE: How to Choose a Preschool/Daycare</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 30, 2017
SFP 64: What to do about kids who compare themselves to others?
9:21
<p>It can be hard to listen to our kids compare themselves to others. Today, we are discussing “social graces” in young childhood and how to support children through this challenge.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode64/">SFP 64: What to do about kids who compare themselves to others?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 24, 2017
SFP 63: How do you refuse hand-me-downs?
10:56
<p>In today’s episode we discuss hand-me-downs. It can be hard/awkward to refuse a generous offer from a family member or friend–so today we talk about doing it graciously. We also discuss best tips for keeping a kid’s wardrobe simple.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode63/">SFP 63: How do you refuse hand-me-downs?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 24, 2017
SFP 62: What are your thoughts on rowdy play?
10:18
<p>Rowdy play can be scary for parents to watch, but this type of play has huge benefits for our kids. In today’s episode we are discussing the benefits of horseplay.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode62/">SFP 62: What are your thoughts on rowdy play?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 17, 2017
SFP 61: How do you keep a routine when away from home?
6:45
<p>Keeping kids on a schedule while traveling is difficult. In today’s episode, we discuss the importance of children getting good sleep–regardless of where they are lying their heads.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode61/">SFP 61: How do you keep a routine when away from home?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 17, 2017
SFP 60: What are your thoughts on managing Legos?
6:55
<p>Today we are talking about Lego overload and how to contain it all. We also discuss great toys for older kids. LINKS:  The Toy Detox</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode60/">SFP 60: What are your thoughts on managing Legos?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 10, 2017
SFP 59: How do you survive with a kid who can’t be contained?
7:56
<p>In today’s episode, we discuss how to manage kids who don’t like to be contained: whether it be in the carseat, the shopping cart, or the stroller. Today’s sponsor: KIND snacks [more details here]  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode59/">SFP 59: How do you survive with a kid who can’t be contained?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 10, 2017
SFP 58: What is a good first bike?
8:14
<p>Today we are discussing options for first bikes. I explain my personal favorites and a little about my distaste for powerwheels. LINKS: Amish Bike (Valley Road Wood Works) Wishbone 3 in 1 Bike (affiliate) Ybike (for babies-affiliate)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode58/">SFP 58: What is a good first bike?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 03, 2017
SFP 57: How do you handle a child changing the subject?
9:56
<p>When you ask your kid to do something and they have their own agenda…it can be so frustrating. Today we are discussing how to move things along when a little one is filibustering the day. LINKS: More about my big move The Cooperation Mini-Course</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode57/">SFP 57: How do you handle a child changing the subject?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Aug 02, 2017
SFP 56: What are your tips on moving with kids?
8:52
<p>Moving with kids is hard–we are currently in the midst of it in my family. In today’s episode I am sharing tips for moving with young children.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode56/">SFP 56: What are your tips on moving with kids?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 29, 2017
SFP 55: Do your kids drink milk?
9:01
<p>In today’s episode we are talking about whether I give my children milk. I also discuss the transition from formula/breastmilk to cow’s milk after the first year of life. Show Notes/Links: How I Feed My Kids How I Feed My Kids (Your Questions Answered) Why My Toddler Doesn’t Drink Milk (original article)</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode55/">SFP 55: Do your kids drink milk?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 28, 2017
SFP 54: How do I handle unwanted gifts?
7:46
<p>Gifts serve so many purposes. They excite the gift giver and receiver. They can make the gift giver feel like they are leaving a part of them when they aren’t present. But it’s deeply ingrained in our culture. In today’s episode we discuss how to handle receiving unwanted gifts.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode54/">SFP 54: How do I handle unwanted gifts?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 22, 2017
SFP 53: How should I handle sibling disputes?
9:39
<p>The sibling relationship sets the stage for many relationships to come. We need to let our children use this dynamic to practice handling conflict. It will be anything but graceful in the early years, but this conflict serves a deeper purpose.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode53/">SFP 53: How should I handle sibling disputes?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 21, 2017
SFP 52: How much preschool does a kid need?
6:51
<p>In today’s episode we discuss how often a kid needs to go to school–we discuss how to find that magic window of time and how to shed the guilt around it.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode52/">SFP 52: How much preschool does a kid need?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 15, 2017
SFP 51: What do you give as birthday gifts?
6:00
<p>Gifting at birthday parties can be tricky for those trying to be intentional. In today’s episode I discuss my personal favorite gifts to give at parties. LINKS: Seedling Craft Kits Back to the Roots Garden National Geographic Little Kids This post contains affiliate links</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode51/">SFP 51: What do you give as birthday gifts?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 14, 2017
SFP 49: SPECIAL EPISODE: Exactly How I Feed My Kids [Your Questions Answered]
30:59
<p>I recently explained exactly how I feed my kids [read the post here]. I loved the enthusiastic response that I received from readers and members of the Simple Families community. Because of the overwhelming response, I decided to do a special podcast episode to answer all of your feeding questions. Without further ado, here are the […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode49/">SFP 49: SPECIAL EPISODE: Exactly How I Feed My Kids [Your Questions Answered]</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 06, 2017
SFP 50: How do you handle laundry?
5:11
<p>I have shared before that I have a daily laundry habit–and it’s amazing. In today’s episode I am answering a question about this and telling you how I make it happen at our house. LINKS: The Simple Families Facebook Group</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode50/">SFP 50: How do you handle laundry?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Jun 06, 2017
SFP 48: How Do I Deal with a Complainer?
5:54
<p>Does your child whine and complain throughout the day? In today’s episode I discuss how to handle a complainer.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode48/">SFP 48: How Do I Deal with a Complainer?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 18, 2017
SFP 47: How Do I End Bedtime Meltdowns?
5:52
<p>Bedtime can be a struggle for children–regardless of the age. In today’s episode we discuss this topic.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode47/">SFP 47: How Do I End Bedtime Meltdowns?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 17, 2017
SFP 46: What is the best timing for potty training?
3:29
<p>On the podcast today I am explaining the best timing for potty training–and it might not be what you think. SHOW NOTES/LINKS My favorite tips and tools for potty training The “Oh Crap” Book</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode46/">SFP 46: What is the best timing for potty training?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 04, 2017
SFP 45: What can I do about separation anxiety?
7:10
<p>Separation anxiety has a way of making us feel very loved and very crazy. We are talking more about this on the podcast today.  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode45/">SFP 45: What can I do about separation anxiety?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
May 03, 2017
SFP 44: How should I handle back talk?
6:04
<p>In today’s episode we are discussing about “back talk”. I give you my best strategies for handling it and some tips to keep in mind.  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode44/">SFP 44: How should I handle back talk?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 26, 2017
SFP 43: How much should I expect my kids to clean up?
5:56
<p>Today we are discussing the best way to get your kid’s on board for clean up. SHOW NOTES/LINKS: The Toy Detox The Cooperation Mini-Course</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode43/">SFP 43: How much should I expect my kids to clean up?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 25, 2017
SFP 42: Are baby classes worth the money?
5:23
<p>In today’s episode I am discussing the pros and cons of enrolling a young child in classes.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode42/">SFP 42: Are baby classes worth the money?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 18, 2017
SFP 41: Should we do arts and crafts at home?
7:47
<p>You don’t need to do a lot of arts and crafts activities to meet your kid’s needs. In today’s episode, I am discussing why this is. SHOW NOTES/LINKS: Why I Don’t Do Pinterest-Worthy Activities With My Kids IDEAS FOR LESS-MESS ARTS + CRAFTS Dry erase crayons Paint in the bathtub Bath crayons Stickers Felt board […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode41/">SFP 41: Should we do arts and crafts at home?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 17, 2017
SFP 40: How do I get my child to play independently?
8:03
<p>Independent play can be difficult to teach to toddlers. In today’s episode, we talk about how to encourage this type of play and the benefits.  </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode40/">SFP 40: How do I get my child to play independently?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 11, 2017
SFP 39: How can I incorporate a simple play space in my living room?
7:47
<p>You don’t need a separate play room for your kids–having the toys in the living space has it’s advantages. In today’s episodes, I will discuss what to keep in mind when combining the living space and the playing space. Show Notes/Links: Our Minimalist Play Room (Video Tour) The Toy Detox How to Declutter the Toys</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode39/">SFP 39: How can I incorporate a simple play space in my living room?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 10, 2017
SFP 38: What to do when time-outs aren’t working?
7:14
<p>I hear this time and time again: time-outs don’t work. So why do we keep using them? In this episode we talk about why I don’t recommend time outs for very young children. Cooperation Mini Course </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode38/">SFP 38: What to do when time-outs aren’t working?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 04, 2017
SFP 37: How do I handle competition between siblings?
6:17
<p>Parents are not referees–it’s important that they realize that early. In today’s episode, we talk about managing competition in sibling relationships.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode37/">SFP 37: How do I handle competition between siblings?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Apr 03, 2017
SFP 36: How can I teach kids to let go of their possessions?
4:52
<p>It’s not always easy to let “things” go. In today’s episode, we discuss how to keep the conversation positive with kids–along with two key questions to ask.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode36/">SFP 36: How can I teach kids to let go of their possessions?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 30, 2017
SFP 35: How should I discipline very young children?
4:53
<p>On the podcast today I am answering a question about how to discipline very young children.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode35/">SFP 35: How should I discipline very young children?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 29, 2017
SFP 34: Is it possible to have a simple birthday party?
6:12
<p>Birthday celebrations shouldn’t be complicated—they should be focused on what is important. In today’s episode, I discuss why we should keep celebrations small, intimate, and focused on the needs of the child.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode34/">SFP 34: Is it possible to have a simple birthday party?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 28, 2017
SFP 33: Should I change my toddler’s bedroom?
6:24
<p>In this episode we discuss switching a child’s bedroom in anticipation of a new sibling. I also talk about making the switch from the crib to a toddler bed. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode33/">SFP 33: Should I change my toddler’s bedroom?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 27, 2017
SFP 32: How do I repurpose the things I have from decluttering?
7:41
<p>In today’s episode we are discussing how to repurpose items we have from decluttering.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode32/">SFP 32: How do I repurpose the things I have from decluttering?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 21, 2017
SFP 31: How do I stop my kid from interrupting?
8:45
<p>Every parent deals with kids that interrupt. Today we are discussing two approaches of how to handle this challenge.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode31/">SFP 31: How do I stop my kid from interrupting?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 20, 2017
SFP 30: How do I handle family members who give too many gifts?
5:36
<p>Many of you are probably blessed with family and friends who love to give your children gifts. In this episode we are discussing how to talk to family members about toy minimalism.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode30/">SFP 30: How do I handle family members who give too many gifts?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 16, 2017
SFP 29: Should I encourage my kids to do things they aren’t good at?
6:14
<p>Our kids are not going to be good at everything. In today’s episode we discuss how to approach a child that is not having success in sports or other activities.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode29/">SFP 29: Should I encourage my kids to do things they aren’t good at?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 15, 2017
SFP 28: How do I end food battles with my kid?
6:09
<p>Sometimes our kids can feel impossible at meal times. In this episode, I give my best advice–and it might surprise you.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode28/">SFP 28: How do I end food battles with my kid?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 14, 2017
SFP 27: When should I interrupt my kid’s play?
8:21
<p>In today’s episode I am answering a question from a mother about pretend play. She wonders how often she should intervene when there are disagreements or when the play shifts to an inappropriate story line.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode27/">SFP 27: When should I interrupt my kid’s play?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 13, 2017
SFP 26: What should I do if my baby gets bored?
5:15
<p>Sometimes babies get restless–but how much entertaining should we do as parents? In today’s episode I answer a question about how to handle a restless, bored baby.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode26/">SFP 26: What should I do if my baby gets bored?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 09, 2017
SFP 25: How much transition can a kid handle?
3:47
<p>In today’s episode we discuss how to handle big transitions with toddlers–things like moving, starting a new school, and having a new baby.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode25/">SFP 25: How much transition can a kid handle?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 08, 2017
SFP 24: How do I prepare for my first baby?
6:04
<p>Preparing for your first baby can be overwhelming. Today I discuss how I suggest you spend time preparing during pregnancy, including some of my favorite books. Show Links/Notes: The Best 5 Books to Read Before a Baby</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode24/">SFP 24: How do I prepare for my first baby?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 07, 2017
SFP 23: How does toy minimalism work with different aged siblings?
6:50
<p>In today’s episode we discuss how to maintain a minimalist play space when you have children of various ages. Show Notes/Links: Video Tour of our Minimalist Playroom The 25 Best Toys Get the Toy Detox</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode23/">SFP 23: How does toy minimalism work with different aged siblings?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 06, 2017
SFP 22: How much should I push my kid to succeed?
7:53
<p>In today’s episode I respond to a question about how much we should push our kids to be successful. I explain that parents should provide support when teaching new skills, but kids might actually benefit when parents “disappear” and give them opportunity to persevere on their own. SHOW NOTES/LINKS: Get the Toy Detox</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode22/">SFP 22: How much should I push my kid to succeed?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 02, 2017
SFP 21: Should I encourage my kid to be friendly to strangers?
10:10
<p>In today’s episode we are discussing how to handle the “stranger danger” talk with your children. I am not a fan of putting fear and anxiety into children. I think you can educate them and prepare them for life without scaring them. It’s important that children have opportunities to practice socializing with new adults, but at the same […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode21/">SFP 21: Should I encourage my kid to be friendly to strangers?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Mar 01, 2017
SFP 20: How do I cut out the bottles?
8:54
<p>It can be difficult to wean a baby off of a bottle. In this episode I discuss the transition from formula/breastmilk to cow’s milk. I also explain the attachment to the bottle and why this process is so difficult. I also discuss things to keep in mind when making the switch from bottles to cups. Show […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode20/">SFP 20: How do I cut out the bottles?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Feb 28, 2017
SFP 19: How do I prepare my child for a new sibling?
10:01
<p>In this episode I will discuss three things to consider when preparing your child for a sibling. We will also discuss what type of behavior and emotions you might encounter from a young child during this period as well. I wrap up with the one thing I wish I would have known before having my […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com/episode19/">SFP 19: How do I prepare my child for a new sibling?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.simplefamilies.com">Simple Families</a>.</p>
Feb 27, 2017