Renowned author and childhood counsellor,  Kim John Payne, is coming to Ottawa to lecture about Simplicity Parenting, based on his bestselling book of the same title, which has been translated in 12 languages and spurred an international parenting movement.  There are two dates, in the evening on the 28th of September and a more detailed practical workshop on the 29th in the morning. Here are the details :

WHEN: September 28th, 2012, at 7:30 p.m and September 29th at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Friday night at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue (at Bank St.) and at the Trille-des-Bois school on Saturday.


“Too much, too soon, too fast” creates stress for kids. Simplify Your Child’s Life, says internationally recognized author & counselor


DETAILS: Today’s busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. Ottawa parents and childcare professionals won’t want to miss Kim John Payne’s compelling lecture, which offers inspiration, ideas, and a blueprint for change. For example:

Streamline your home environment. Reduce the amount of toys, books, and clutter—as well as the lights, sounds, and general sensory overload.

  • Establish rhythms and rituals. Discover ways to ease daily tensions, create battle-free mealtimes and bedtimes, and tell if your child is overwhelmed.
  • Schedule a break in the schedule. Establish intervals of calm and connection in your child’s daily torrent of constant doing.
  • Scale back on media and parental involvement. Manage your children’s “screen time” to limit the endless deluge of information and stimulation.

A manifesto for protecting the grace of childhood, Simplicity Parenting is an eloquent guide to bringing new rhythms to bear on the lifelong art of raising children.

Kim John Payne will also host a workshop to deepen the theme on Saturday morning, the 29th, 9am at Trille-des-bois public school, 140 Genest Street in Vanier.

Tickets for both events are available at, or in person at Singing Pebble Books, 202 Main St., Ottawa, (613) 230-9165, and Collected Works bookstore, 1242 Wellington Street West, (613) 722-1265.



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