Want happier, calmer kids? Simplify their world — Green Child
Okay, full disclosure: I am seriously the last person you know who should be offering this wonderful Kim John Payne advice. I need to get this out there so you don't call bullsh*t on me.
However, KJP is right, and we all should follow his advice even just a little. Rotating toys can keep the interest going, and make "new" toys without buying anything. Clear areas help both kids and adults think. Thoughtful, clearly-marked storage reduces frustration in finding things. There are blogs and blogs on this, but you'll have to go elsewhere to get that fix, because I just can't walk the walk without insane closet space, which I don't have.
Passing along—without any responsible modeling—this thoughtful article.
"'Many of today’s behavioral issues come from children having too much stuff and living a life that is too fast,' says Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids.
"Payne says that many American kids are experiencing sensory overload with 'too many trinkets, too many choices and too much information.' By approaching parenting using simplicity as a framework, parents may be able to significantly reduce a child’s daily stress, which can lead to happier, more successful children."