19 March 2012 Jay Shepherd

Quirk + Simplicity = Gift

This blog is about simplifying business ideas, but simplicity can help in most aspects of life outside of business. I came across this article in Huffington Post. In it, author Kim John Payne (almost certainly no relation to Kim Jong Il), talks about how simplicity can help parents deal with their children’s sometimes-troubling quirks:

In my decades of working with families around the world, I have seen thousands of children’s brilliant personalities — their funny, odd, remarkable, special talents, railroaded by stress, so much so that I came up with this simple equation: Quirk + Stress = Disorder, or what I call a soul or emotion-fever. And every parent already knows how to heal their child from regular, physical fever just as every parent knows how to heal their children’s soul fever. We don’t need to learn anything, or see a specialist or download an app. We apply our parental wisdom to our children’s hearts and minds; we do what we do naturally, when fever arises. Just as cumulative stress can lead to problems, even disorders, cumulative simplicity and balance can move the quirk in the direction of a child’s gift. Quirk + Simplicity = Gift.

Payne is the author of Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids (affiliate link).

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