Simplicity Group


"More than just another group"


Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids.

Our children come to us with a deep destiny that needs to be honoured.  —Kim John Payne

Are we building our families on the four pillars of "too much"— too much stuff, too many choices, too much information and too fast?

Join the slow parenting movement and learn ways to simplify and slow down your home environment, create predictable and connecting rhythms, simplify your child's weekly schedule and find out the benefits to filtering out the adult world. 

Simplicity Parenting offers a simple, orderly, and effective pathway to simplifying in four realms at home, which reduces stress on children and their care givers, and allows room for connection, creativity, and relaxation.


The four realms for simplifying are:

  Environment : Uncluttering too much stuff at home

Environment: Uncluttering too much stuff at home

  Rhythm : Increasing predictability in a family's day, week and year.

Rhythm: Increasing predictability in a family's day, week and year.

  Schedule:  Bringing balance to a child’s life to allow for moments of “being” into all the "doing".

Schedule: Bringing balance to a child’s life to allow for moments of “being” into all the "doing".

  Filtering out:  Reducing the influence of adult concerns, media and consumerism on children and families to increase resiliency as well as social and emotional intelligence.

Filtering out: Reducing the influence of adult concerns, media and consumerism on children and families to increase resiliency as well as social and emotional intelligence.

In this four week series, you will:

  1. Explore Simplicity Parenting – why, how, and when

  2. Understand the four realms for simplifying

  3. Self-select small changes in each realm

  4. Build new connections at home and with other simplifying families

 doors close january 16, 2018


This group is for you if:

  • You are a hard working, dedicated parent but struggling to "succeed" 100% at parenting. 
  • You are aware of a disconnect between your values and the values of mainstream consumerism culture and want your parenting to mirror your goals for your family.
  • You feel overwhelmed or anxious rather than hopeful about family life. 
  • Your child is showing signs of overwhelm or anxiety. Fighting sleep. Big tantrums that seem beyond developmentally appropriate. Or maybe school is reporting attention-related difficulties or behavioural problems.
  • You are raising your child in a different way than you were parented and are focused on building a positive relationship with your child.


Our home life is sacred space.

We need more time and space to reflect on the direction our family is heading.


how it works:

Just as though we were in a physical room together (except you don't have to drive in the cold), we will meet in a virtual space called Zoom— grab your beverage of choice and join the conversation.  In addition to the four pillars of simplicity, we will cover the soul fevered child (and parent) and the compassionate response (because we know it's not always easy to be calm). Each week, you will have access to audios and content via a password protected page. 

A little about me.

I've always loved simplicity. As a little girl, my mother would find me re-arranging my bedroom furniture and clearing out my closet on the regular. To this day I am deeply affected by my environment except I've even learned to embrace the kind of change that we cannot control. 

Once I became a mom + care giver, at the peak of sleep deprivation and extreme uncertainty, it was necessary for me to simplify to not only make it through, but because I wanted to make the most our life together as a family (hello: you never know what is going to happen). 

Having a supportive space where I could reflect and gain the energy to create some simple changes was a significant part of the process. I am grateful and deeply moved by the power of simplifying. 

In addition to being a certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach based on Kim John Payne's work and book Simplicity Parenting, I am a registered occupational therapist who has worked with hundreds of families since 2005. But first and foremost, I am a human being who thrives on facilitating honest conversations.

This series is a great foundation that you can revisit again and again. 

Master simplicity and alleviate the feeling of dissatisfaction as you transform your daily life. Go against the grain by carving out this time to reflect on what really matters to you and your family and create some small, and yet significant shifts. 

More than anything, there is immense value in hearing other parents' experiences and stories— so when you go through the ups and downs, you know you are not alone.

 group Details

Thursday, January 18-February 8, 2017
8-9:30pm EST
$295 CDN (taxes included)


answers to your questions

*I can't make it this round, when is the next group? The next simplicity group may not be offered until fall of 2018, however it could be later as we create the sister program, The Gray Mothering Collective. 

*What if I miss a session? Group calls will be recorded and posted to watch, although it's much more fun and beneficial to be there. Just sayin'.

*Why online, I prefer in person? In person is fun and online can be too. We connect with people from anywhere, making the group accessible and convenient for all. If you're craving some face to face interaction, we have retreats in the Toronto area you can check out. 

*What else is included? In addition to the total of 6 hours of group time, you have access to a private Facebook group as well as seven audios from author of Simplicity Parenting, Kim John Payne. All compulsory.

what other parents are saying

“I've been seeing Lynne Newman weekly in the Simplicity Parenting group and she's changing my life. She's just the bees knees.” 

"I'd recommend this parenting series to anyone who is looking for something more than just another  group. For women who want to parent in an authentic way that helps maintain family harmony." 
"I found the group incredibly helpful. I have become much more organized and have really learned to recognize the importance of simplifying our space."



Join us. 

Thursday, January 18-February 8, 2017
8-9:30pm EST
$295 CDN (taxes included)


Doors close January 16, 2018 

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

1. Click APPLY

2. Fill out form

3. Make secure payment via credit card or Paypal.

4. Receive details with link to our calls and the password protected page within 48 hours. 

Do you have questions? Let us know.

*If now isn't the ideal time, you can look at our 1:1 services 

 *Free group call Thursday, January 4 at 8:30pm EST. Join us  here . 

*Free group call Thursday, January 4 at 8:30pm EST. Join us here

more words from parents

"Your expertise is incredibly valuable; the insights you share would be hard to find in a "search".  The group format would not be something I would normally be interested in— as I like being a fly on the wall. BUT I found the group to be a safe space to share; and in return, learned from the other parents who also shared their stories. I highly recommend your program!" 


"I find myself telling other parents about my experience in the group a couple of times a week. Especially the things I didn't know I didn't know— I learned so much! (And I consider myself to be a pretty educated person.)"


"The course definitely changed the way I look at my daughter, especially when she is having a toddler melt down. Although I occasionally still "lose it", I find I have more patience to stop and consider why she is acting that way. I find I am able to respond to her in a more proactive way while also keeping my cool (sometimes even being able to laugh with my partner about it). We also did a major clean up of our play area space, I constantly think about that one photo you posted of all your girls' toys in the one shot - I want to do something similar!”


“I really liked the community feel the group had, even being online. It was refreshing to see different points of view and different family make ups, but see that we all shared similarities and goals for simplicity. I liked how it was an open dialogue between all the members, but I also liked when you specifically called on someone to read and/or answer/comment (that way we didn't speak over each other)."

*Receive 20% off for sister program The Gray Mothering Collective coming out in spring 2018 when you complete simplicity group. 

Please note that once you register, no refunds will be issued. This keeps it simple— for you and me. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule and so we will review any unique and special circumstances, however a $50 administration fee will apply. 


Do you have questions? Let us know.