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Parenting has been the single most challenging thing I have ever done. In my early parenting days, I naively assumed it would all come natural. I thought we would eventually just become better with practice. But the truth is that we learn how to parent by watching others. It really doesn’t come natural. I wouldn’t be the mom I am today without the tribe of women who have let me into their lives and opened their hearts to me.
There are many styles of parenting books available. Most of them written in a teaching format, which works fine, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that Denaye’s Simple Happy Parenting was more like a long chat over coffee while sitting at her cozy kitchen table rather than a lecture.
Less Stuff, Happier Families
Denaye runs the blog Simple Families which I have followed for awhile and I have even taken some of her courses and found so much value! She focuses on simplifying childhood – and simplifying parenthood too. She has been such a wealth of information and inspiration on this journey of parenting. True to form, this book is lighthearted and encouraging. Denaye takes you into her head, heart and home.
Simple Happy Parenting offers some really practical tips that can simplify your home, such as toy and book organization and meal planning. I was actually so inspired after reading her kitchen recommendations that the very next morning I had reorganized some of my kitchen cabinets before I made breakfast. While reading her tips of simplifying, I felt like she was giving me a grand tour of her home and I loved the warm feeling it gave me.
Its Not Just About Stuff
On top of that, though, she addresses how to simplify your mind. She talks about how to raise emotionally healthy and capable children. She shares practical ways to reduce the stress in your head – because the less stressed a mom is, the happier she can be with her children. Denaye focuses on parenting from a place of confidence and empowerment and not from a place of anxiety and fear.
Each page is full of beautiful pictures of Denaye, her family and her home. It has a very whimsical feel that makes you feel at ease. It truly does feel like sitting down with a friend and having a heart-to-heart chat. Before the end, you will feel empowered to make some key changes in your home.
This book is one that I will be giving to new parents. The lessons in this book can go a long way in saving them from years of stress through trial and error. I know I could have used this book when I first became a mom. If you would like to have a more simple and happy home (and don’t we all??), then this book is for you!