"Worry is an aspect of parenting, but it shouldn't define parenting." - Kim John
Briana Bennitt, Simplicity Parenting Groups Leader and
Parent-Tot/Preschool Playgroups Leader, Parent-Tot Leader, and Parenting Coach
has been leading parenting groups for 15 years including Simplicity Parenting Information Evenings; Simplicity Parenting
discussion and integration groups; "circle of support" meetings for Waldorf school
students' parents, teachers and counselors; Social Inclusion meetings with students;
and both home and school-based Parent-Tot classes in Redmond and Bellevue, WA. An
experienced co-parent and mentor, Briana was thrilled to see the emergence of the
Simplicity Parenting movement and to participate in the pilot training program for
Group Leaders with Kim John Payne and Davina Muse in 2010. Briana holds a bachelors
degree in English Literature, is a former Executive Director and licensed Child
Care Center Program Director at Three Cedars Waldorf School, and her children are
currently all enrolled in Waldorf schools P/K-12. She is also certified with the
WA Department of Early Learning as a state-approved trainer for STARS courses and
with the WA Department of Licensing as a driver training school instructor. Briana
enjoys working with parents who value the protection of childhood and mindfulness
to each unique stage of the child's life -- and she supports a wide variety of family
structures as all co-create shared community, collaborative parenting, deep respect
for diversity of belief, and peaceful home life.
"A sense of worthiness is a child's most important need. The American self-made-man
ethic says that we are what we make of ourselves. This is an improvement over Old
World class systems that said you could never rise any higher than your father.
But the implicit converse – that you are nobody until you prove yourself to be somebody
– is troublesome. The suggestion is that self-worth depends on external measurements
such as money, power, and popularity. Children's worthiness is often mistakenly
measured by compliance or achievement."
- Polly Berrien Berends
Simplicity Parent-Tot Class Teacher and Parent Groups Leader
Jackie Ralston, Simplicity Parenting Groups Leader and
has co-parented many children in her extended community for over 25 years and completed
her Waldorf foundation year with Bill Bryant in 1992. Jackie has been perfecting
her craft of raising up healthy children and supporting joyful family life over
the years as a parent, preschool teacher, nanny, after school care teacher, and
Parent-Tot class teacher and Simplicity Parenting Groups Leader. She has two daughters,
one recently graduated from Seattle Waldorf High School and one currently in the
fifth grade at Three Cedars Waldorf School. Jackie possesses deep insights into
family dynamics, child development, and the role of gender in childhood. She has
enjoyed a myriad of Social Inclusion trainings and Simplicity Parenting lectures
and workshops with Kim John Payne and in addition to her work with Simplicity Learning, Jackie is currently an after school program teacher at Three Cedars Waldorf
School in Bellevue. Jackie was thrilled to find the ways in which Kim John Payne
has pulled together all that is most useful and needed by parents throughout his
life's work and to attend the Simplicity Parenting Group Leader’s training in 2012.
She is now very excited to be integrating this work at Simplicity Learning.
"The afflictions which come to humanity sometimes tend to center the consciousness
upon the limitations. This is a veritable prison. Release comes by making of the
will a door through which the confirmations of the spirit come. They come to a man
or woman who accepts his life with Radiant Acquiescence."
- 'ABDU'LBAHÁ, Divine Philosophy
Lacy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and Simplicity Parenting Groups
20 years, Kimberly has been raising up, caring for, and learning with children,
including her two daughters, many children of the co-parents in her Buddhist sangha
and Waldorf communities, and her homeschooling students. Her work experience includes
four years teaching in the kindergarten and elementary programs at Three Cedars
Waldorf School in Bellevue, and over ten years as a counselor and social worker.
Currently, Kimberly works with Snoqualmie Indian Tribe Behavioral Health in Family
Preservation Services where she and her colleagues provide "Strength Based Active
Efforts" that are family-centered in the family's home. Kimberly holds a masters
degree in psychology and clinical counseling and is a veteran facilitator of "circle
of support" meetings for Waldorf school students, faculty and parents, having trained
with Kim John Payne for over six years in the Center for Social Sustainability's
Social Inclusion, Collaborative Counseling, and Simplicity Parenting programs. Kimberly
participated in the pilot training program for Simplicity Parenting group leaders
in February 2010 and is an advocate for no-blame approaches to conflict resolution,
building up every adult’s and child’s listening skills, and keeping the focus on
what is truly healthy and beneficial for children according to their ages and stages
"Simplifying your life, then, does not mean cutting back on anything of value. It
means learning the delicate artistry of making your every action count, taking notice
of the needs of the whole. You can think of it as a skill and as with any other
skill, the more you practice it, the more opportunities you will find to put it
to use, bringing your creativity and ingenuity into play."
- Eknath Easwaran
Erbe, Parent Educator, Counselor and Simplicity Parenting Groups Leader
has been working to help and support parents for over 20 years. Her experience includes
leading support groups for new moms, working as a parent educator at Bellevue College,
and working as a therapist with clients around family and parenting issues. She
has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Seattle University and completed a 2-year
certificate program in Infant Mental Health at the University of Washington. She
has additional training in child development. Judy especially enjoys being the mother
of two adult children, being both a step-mom and a grandmother. She believes that
the Simplicity Parenting© movement is very timely. She is a staunch advocate of
parents being thoughtful about their choices, making sure those choices reflect
their values, and working to help their children develop a strong sense of who they
are as parents make space in the busy-ness of their lives for strong family connections.
"In their consistency, rhythms establish trust. They offer children a sense of order
. . . the joy of anticipation and the security of things to be counted on, every
day. Busyness, change, and improvisation will still have keys to your house, but
they won’t entirely rule the day…. In addition to consistency, the best daily life
rhythms offer connection."
- Kim John Payne, Simplicity Parenting
Simplicity Learning offers morning Parent-Tot Playgroups, Simplicity Parenting
Groups, and Parent Coaching, and various evening and weekend presentations and workshops
for parents and teachers. Please inquire if you are interested in joining us for
an upcoming event or would like to learn more about hosting a custom-designed offering
at your own location.
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