Kim John Payne is the best-selling author of the much-quoted Simplicity Parenting book (he popularized the term, "Helicopter parent"). He has done considerable anti-bullying work as well, reframing it as "social inclusion." His anti-bullying work has become the official protocol for dealing with such issues in Great Britain. He is also a champion of experiential learning and really restraining children's screen time.
Kim will be coming to both Antioch College and Antioch University (May 8 and 9) for a jointly sponsored pairing of events. At Antioch College, he will be leading a four-hour pre-conference workshop called Overcoming Social Overwhelm: Building our Kids' Resilience to Bullying, Teasing and Subtle Non Inclusion
This half-day workshop will present practical strategies of ways for parents, educators, and caregivers to address the issue of social exclusion and the overwhelming influence of social networking/media and today's fever pitched life style. Participants will also explore the differing gender based effects this has on boys and girls.
At Antioch U.M., he will be delivering the keynote address for the symposium on "Making Visible the Invisible," in which he will talk about what simplicity parenting is and why we need it now more than ever, and he will also speak on his work with social inclusion.
More about the author and educator:
A consultant and trainer to over 110 U.S. independent and public schools, Kim John Payne, M.ED, has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He regularly gives key note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and training’s around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced simple life brings.
He has also consulted for educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Kim has worked extensively with the North American and UK Waldorf educational movements. He has served as Director of the Collaborative Counseling program at Antioch University New England. He is Co Director of the Simplicity Project a multi media social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world. Kim is the Founding Director of The Center for Social Sustainability.
In addition to authoring Simplicity Parenting© . Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kid,published by Ballantine Books/Random House in 2009, he also authored The Games Children Play©, (1996) published by Hawthorn Press and is presently working on – The Soul of Discipline, and co-authoring Whole Child Sport™ How to Navigate Child & Youth Sports™.
He has appeared frequently on television including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox; on radio with the BBC, Sirius/XM, CBC & NPR and in print including being featured in Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering, Times Union and the LA Times.
Kim strives to deepen understanding and give practical tools for life that arise out of the burning social issues of our time. He is based in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.