This particular read opened my eyes to another dimension of parenting. There is just SO much out there; so many methodologies, approaches, and ways of living with your children.
I’ve been on a mission to read whatever I can get my hands on and grow as I internalize all of the sweet information. As passionate as I am of parenting and the possibilities of raising one’s child, I tend to feel overwhelmed by the wealth of information out there. Because of the information overload, I often find myself thinking: I just want to live alongside my child in the most natural way. Now, how in the world can I achieve that?
This is where Denaye Barahona’s book speaks to me.
After reading her refreshing, easy-to-follow, and enlightening book, I found myself clinging on to her words. Not only are her words helpful for newer parents, but she also speaks to the more seasoned parents as well. She offers realistic tips, tells it to you like it is, and shares her own personal story to help readers visualize the information she has put out there.
If you ever find yourself wondering how to parent simply, naturally, and successfully (we all want this!), then get your hands on this book. If you want a little snippet (very little, my friend) of what you will find as you read this book, then check out my 3 takeaways from Barahona’s Simple Happy Parenting book:
1. Live Simply
Less is more. You don’t need tons of stuff to feel fulfilled. Having less actually gives you more. The more you have, the less value is attached to ALL of those things.
Embrace white space. Don’t feel like you have to decorate every wall or fill in the whole box on your calendar. Leave blank spaces. It feels good and is actually good for your brain.
Run your household with simplicity. There’s no need to over-complicate meal planning or run a strict schedule. Just do life at home with simplicity in mind.
2. Minimalist Parenting
You don’t need stuff to enjoy parenting. Value what you already have and figure out how to make life more interesting without the feeling of needing to buy THINGS.
Your children don’t need excess toys to feel happiness (presence over presents). Children honestly do not need every toy out there. Studies show that children benefit more when they have less to play with, giving way to creativity and exploration.
3. Embrace Slow Living
Boredom is golden for both the parent and child. Learn to accept the days when nothing is happening. Embrace boredom and the growth that comes with it (your kids too!).
Live in the moment. Learn how to enjoy the moment. Let go of what could have been or what could be. Our children appreciate our living in the moment with them.
Don’t overbook, over plan, or say yes to every activity. Children, especially younger ones, do NOT need scheduled activities to grow and develop healthily.
Free play. Free play. Free play. Need I say more? Also, as a parent and a human being, don’t feel the need to befriend everyone and sign yourself up to do too many things. Pick what’s important and stick to your priorities.
Hey! You got a snippet of some of the wonderful things you’ll learn from reading this book! I hope my takeaways help inspire you to pick up the book and breathe it in, because there are so many more gems to learn from Simple Happy Parenting.