Simple Families

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Simple Families offers solutions for living well with children. In this show, we focus on child behavior, positive parenting, family wellness, and decreasing the mental load. As a Mama with a doctorate in Child Development, Denaye’s perspectives are grounded in research, but more importantly real life.

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I Can't Believe I Just Did That
It can feel impossible to carve out an identity and personal space in motherhood. In today's conversation, Eve Rodsky shares her own experiences and encouraging words to set us on the path to finding ourselves again. Eve transformed a “blueberries breakdown” into a catalyst for social change when she applied her Harvard-trained background in organizational management to ask the simple yet profound question: What would happen if we treated our homes as our most important organizations? Eve Rodsky is the New York Times best-selling author of Fair Play and National Bestseller, Find Your Unicorn Space. Links for this Episode Eve Rodsky: Fair Play Instagram: Fair Play: SPONSORS Indeed | Sign up for Indeed now and get a $75 credit toward your first sponsored job. Plus earn up to $500 extra in sponsored job credits with Indeed’s Virtual Interviews. Visit to learn more. Faherty | Head to and use code SIMPLE at checkout to snag 20% Mint Mobile | to cut your wireless bill to 15 bucks a month Join the Simple Families Community!
Raising Critical Thinkers
In today's society, we could all use a little more practice in critical thinking. Julie Bogart is known for her common sense parenting and education advice. She’s the author of the beloved book, The Brave Learner, which has brought joy and freedom to countless home educators. Her new book, Raising Critical Thinkers, offers parents a lifeline in navigating the complex digital world our kids are confronting. You may know Julie Bogart from her award-winning, innovative online writing program Brave Writer, now 22 year old, serving 191 countries. Today, I chat with her about her new book and how creating an intimate bond with our children helps in raising critical thinkers. Links for this Episode Julie Bogart & Brave Writer Instagram: Facebook: Twitter: Simple Families Podcast Episode 302 & 303: Analog Curious I & Analog Curious II Simple Families Podcast Episode 309: Mental Chatter SPONSORS Faherty | Head to and use code SIMPLE at checkout to snag 20% Pair Eyewear | Go to for 15% off your first purchase. Prep Dish | Two Weeks Free at Join the Simple Families Community!
I'm excited to chat with Bunmi Laditan--I've been a fan of her work for years and find myself repeating her beautiful words in everyday parenting. Bunmi, also know as The Honest Toddler, is a writer, poet, and mother who has inspired millions of women across the world. She's sharing more about life and her new book. Links for this Episode Find Bunmi on Instagram & Facebook Bunmi's Website: Bunmi's Books SPONSORS KiwoCo: For unique learning activities and experiences, use the Promo Code "Simple" to get 50% off your first month, or free shipping on any Crate line. Hello Fresh: Get 16 FREE meals and 3 FREE gifts using this link for a Summer meal delivery service to make life simpler.
In light of the recent tragic events in Texas, I am moving up the interview with Dr. Kate Truitt. I have found Dr. Truitt's method of Havening so simple, yet powerful for managing stress and anxiety. I utilize this self-directed method on myself and have been teaching it to my children. I hope you find it useful as well.  Dr. Kate Truitt is a neuroscientist and clinical psychologist with an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration and has dedicated her life to advancing the treatment of trauma and stress-related disorders. She leads her flagship organization, Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates, headquartered in Pasadena, CA. She is the CEO of the Trauma Counseling Center (TCC) with offices throughout Los Angeles. Links From This Episode Dr. Kate Truitt & Associates YouTube:  TikTok:  Instagram:  Facebook: SPONSORS Manscaped - Gift for Father's Day. Use Code SIMPLE to receive 20% off, plus FREE shipping. Daily Harvest - Up to $40 off your first box. Use the code SIMPLE Pair Eyewear - 15% off your first purchase of eyewear. Use the code SIMPLE This originally appeared on Simple Families
Q&A with Denaye
Got questions? Leave them for me on Speakpipe. Today, I am answering five different listener questions. Tune in to learn more about handling screen time, the middle childhood years, getting rid of toys and art, power struggles, and siblings challenges (we’ve all got ’em!). Links from this Episode Simple Families Podcast Episode 302 & 303: Analog Curious I & Analog Curious II Simple Families Podcast Episode 169: Too Many Toys Simple Families Podcast Episode 233: Expansion & Contraction Simple Families Podcast Episode 282: Power Struggle Simple Families Community – Join us now! Sponsors Shopify – Excellent tool for small business Indeed – Find great talent The post Q&A with Denaye appeared first on Simple Families.
Mental Chatter
We all talk to ourselves. For better or worse, our “chatter” or self-talk can have a profound impact on our moods, relationships, and confidence. It’s easy to operate on auto-pilot and let these thoughts come and go. But in my conversation with Ethan Kross today, he gives us tools to pump the brakes and shift our self-talk so that it works for us rather than against us. Ethan’s is the author of the bestselling book Chatter: The Voice in Our Head and Why it Matters. He’s also a professor and researcher out of the University of Michigan. Links from this Episode Find Ethan on Instagram and Twitter Website: Chatter: The Voice in our Head, Why it Matters and How to Harness It SPONSORS Fabric – Protect your family with term life insurance now, in just 10 minutes Mint Mobile – To get your new wireless plan for just 15 bucks a month, including the Modern Family Plan. The post Mental Chatter appeared first on Simple Families.
Meredith’s Story
A few times a year, I invite a member of the Simple Families to share their story on the podcast. Today, we are on a journey to simplicity with Meredith Bay-Tyack. Meredith has been a long-time member of the community, but she opening admits that she’s very much a work in progress. Meredith applies simplicity to most aspects of family life. She loves to shop second-hand and strives to be low waste + minimal-ish–which she interestingly notes often conflict with one another. Links from this Episode Meredith Bay-Tyack Sponsors KiwiCo – Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code SIMPLE at Hello Fresh – and use code simple16 for up to 16 free meals AND 3 free gifts!” The post Meredith’s Story appeared first on Simple Families.
Things that Matter
In today’s world, we are faced with distractions at every turn. It can be hard to focus on the things that matter. In Joshua Becker’s new book, he explains that distractions make us feel restless, tired, and unfulfilled. In our conversation today we discuss distractions, envy, and raising kids to live a more intentional life. Links in Episode: Find Joshua on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Becoming Minimalist Things that Matter: Overcoming Distraction to Pursue a More Meaningful Life Article on Envy Sponsors: Faherty – Get 20% off (code SIMPLE) Prep Dish – Get two weeks free Pair Eyewear – get 15% off (code SIMPLE) The post Things that Matter appeared first on Simple Families.
Niro Feliciano set out to write the book on happiness…then she realized happiness wasn’t even the goal. Today, she joins me to discuss what contentment means and how we can ditch the metrics t0 move towards it. She’s a cognitive psychotherapist, mom of 4, and a brand-new author. Links from this Episode Niro’s Website This Book Won’t Make You Happy: Eight Keys to Finding True Contentment All Things Life with Niro Podcast SPONSORS Evite – Find thousands of unique invitation themes for your next party Daily Harvest – Get up to $40 off your first box Fabric – Find security and protection for your family with term life insurance. The post Contentment appeared first on Simple Families.
Entrepreneurship & Motherhood
Entrepreneurship and motherhood can seem like an overwhelming combination, but for Nell Shapiro & Stephanie Merks, it has brought them additional joy and purpose. The founders of Kibou are joining me to talk about turning their idea of a minimalistic mom-bag into a business and how they survived, even thrived, during the pandemic. Links from this Episode Kibou Website Kibou on Instagram Kibou on Facebook SPONSORS Ana Luisa Jewelry – Get 10% off with code SIMPLEFAMILIES Green Chef – Use code “Simple130” to get $130 off and FREE shipping. Indeed – Find great talent with a $75 sponsor job credit through April 30, 2022. The post Entrepreneurship & Motherhood appeared first on Simple Families.
Procrastination has been on my mind lately, so I invited an expert, Dr. Tim Pychyl, to dissect and explain the many examples I could list in my life where I find myself delaying tasks that feel important. I was fascinated to learn that not all my delays are considered procrastination, how mindfulness relates to procrastinating, and what my 6-year old daughter thinks about this topic. Listen to hear my interview with Tim (and my little girl!). Links from this Episode Tim’s Website – Procrastination.Ca Solving the Procrastination Puzzle: A Concise Guide to Strategies for Change iProcrastinate Podcast WOOP Method Sponsors KiwiCo – Get 30% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code SIMPLE at Hello Fresh – Go to HelloFresh dot com slash simple16 and use code simple16 for up to 16 free meals AND3 free gifts. The post Procrastination appeared first on Simple Families.
Analog Curious – Part II
Welcome back to Part II of Analog Curious (if you missed Part I, catch it here). In this episode, I continue to explore my analog curiosity and provide some useful ways I have been able to decrease the impact of screen time and social media use. One thing is for sure, I’m a work in progress. I’d love to hear more about your journey! Want to get on the waitlist for the new (simpler) Simple Families Community? The post Analog Curious – Part II appeared first on Simple Families.

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4.8 out of 5
994 reviews
AEVanM 2022/06/18
My favorite podcast
I don’t listen to many podcasts but this is the one I gravitate toward the most. The parenting and minimalism tips are helpful and relatable.
J Lee 622 2022/06/16
Not just for parents!
This podcast is a gold mine of information! As a parent I began listening with the hopes of learning new ways to parent but I have really enjoyed the ...
MadBMill 2022/06/14
Loyal listener
I can’t do parenting without Denaye. I’ve learned so much listening to her. The thoughtful approach to minimalism and parenting is a life saver. Thank...
jen2525 2022/06/14
So motivational!
This is the only podcast I listen to. They aren’t typically something I enjoy, but I heard about this and was interested in the topic and have listene...
rebekahsp 2022/06/10
Love this podcast
Denaye has a soothing podcast voice. I don’t even mind the ads, and the content is great. I especially loves the havening episode as I have been expos...
aleronie 2022/06/03
Thankful for Denaye!
Denaye is a calm, wise, engaging & down to earth resource and she has greatly impacted my parenting and humaning in so many wonderful ways! I learn so...
donya.roy 2022/06/03
Thank you!
Wonderful content.
mcall78 2022/05/28
Pep talk from the loveliest podcast voice ever!
I need a voice to remind me that I’m doing okay and that even a mom with a PhD in child development gets it wrong too sometimes. Denaye gives great ti...
KLWhite82 2022/05/26
Favorite Podcast
Denaye is relatable and insightful and I look forward to each new episode. I have learned so much from Denaye and believe that the knowledge has truly...
AmyR613 2022/05/25
Favorite Parenting Podcast
Simple Families has been my favorite parenting podcast for the last 5 years. As a first time mom Denaye’s resources has been a huge influence on my pa...


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