It has been a while since I have reviewed a book. Out of my own personal interest and to maintain my nursing/midwifery portfolio for registration, I often find myself pouring through the most enjoyable and insightful books, discussing a multitude of parenting concerns and child development issues. Some of these books are 'heavy' and boring and others like this one, although heavy at times, have been really thought provoking. I first read about this book ‘Simplicity Parenting’ by Kim John Payne on one of my favourite ‘mummy blogs' – ‘A Cup of Jo’.
The purpose of this book is for you to think about the environment in which you are parenting and whether the way your household functions on a day to day basis, is conducive to creating family harmony and time to effectively engage with each other and our children. I know what you are thinking ‘heavy’ and let’s face it, with the stressors of everyday life, family harmony is not always possible. This book does however thanks to the author, effectively identify simple changes we can make to ‘declutter’ our homes and lifestyles, in an attempt to be more in tune with our family, relationships and the emotional needs of our children. I don’t want to give too much away but the changes suggested in this book are not only insightful and scientifically supported, but oh so easy – bring it on!
I have put in place quite a few little changes suggested in this book and am proud to say that they are making the world of difference to the functioning of our family. We have 'decluttered' our toys, tweaked our bedtime routine but my favourite change of all is this - I could get teary just thinking about it. We all have a tendency to go through the motions and to not reflect on our day and our blessings. Each evening now before I put the little man to bed, we reflect on the happy things that have happened to us that day and what we are grateful for. I love it! Such a beautiful way to end the day.
I could go on and on but I shall refrain :) Borrow this book from your library or buy it from fishpond. You wont regret it!