Simplicity Parenting - Toronto Waldorf School hosts 14th annual Early Childhood Conference

    THORNHILL, ON, March 25 /CNW/ - It's not a matter of doing more with your
children; it's a matter of doing less. "Less is more, for children" according
to Kim John Payne, a New York based educational and counselling consultant.
Payne will soon visit York Region to lecture and give workshops on "do-able"
ways to build resilience in children by simplifying their lives.

    5 Practical Steps to a Happier Child

    On Friday and Saturday, April 18th and 19th, Kim John Payne will be the
keynote speaker at the 14th annual Toronto Waldorf School Gateways Conference
for parents and educators of young children, entitled Simplicity Parenting:
Why Less is More. He will describe his research and work with families and
teachers, and describe his Five Steps You Can Take to Help Children to Feel
Calmer, Happier and More Secure. He will also lead a workshop in which parents
can develop a Simplicity Parenting Plan for their own situation.
    The popular conference includes over 20 different workshops, childcare
and a vegetarian lunch. Many of the workshops offered will explore this topic
in practical ways that parents and educators can adopt: Rhythm - the Root of
Discipline, Fostering Healthy Play, and Storytelling are few examples.
    When asked what brings her to the Gateways Conference every year,
Melissa Ghorashi, a kindergarten parent, put it like this: "I come because I
know I will receive inspiring and practical ideas that I will be able to
implement in my daily family life. I keep coming back because I'm always left
with a wonderful feeling of support for the choices I am making for my
childrens development."

    Waldorf education, founded in 1919, is one of the world's largest and
fastest growing school movements. Based on a rich, age-appropriate and
integrated curriculum, it has been recognized by the United Nations as a
successful and inspiring model of nurturing, developmentally appropriate
education. There are more than 2000 Waldorf schools and kindergartens in over
70 countries, including 25 in Canada.
    The Toronto Waldorf School, now in its 40th year, is a leader in
providing education from a deeper perspective(TM). TWS creates an educational
experience that inspires our students to evolve into creative thinkers who are
personally centred and strongly connected to humanity and the environment,
from Parent & Infant through Grade 12.

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For further information: To speak with Kim Payne and/or media inquiries
about Gateways, please contact Ryan Lindsay, Marketing Coordinator, at or (905) 881-6137 ext. 307; For more
information about Toronto Waldorf School and the Gateways Conference, visit

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