Kim John Payne

Kim John Paye has been quietly and passionately working to help tens of thousands of people give voice to the feeling that something is not okay about the new normal of overwhelm that so many people are now experiencing. He offers do-able ways to realise the hopes and values we all have for ourselves, and build deep connections with our children that gives families resiliency and simple joy.

A consultant and trainer to over 230 US independent and public schools, Kim John Payne, M.ED, has been a school counsellor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counsellor for thirty years. He regularly gives keynote addresses at international conferences, and runs workshops and trainings 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 behavioural 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 is Co-Founding Director of Whole Child Sports, an institute that educates parents and coaches about the value of a healthy approach to child and youth sports and play. He has also consulted for educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, Thailand and China.

Kim has worked extensively with the North American and UK Waldorf educational movements. He has served as Director of the Collaborative Counselling programme at Antioch University New England.

He is the Director of the Simplicity Project, a multi media social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world. Together with his team they have trained over 1000 Simplicity Parenting Coaches around the world.

Kim is the Founding Director of The Centre for Social Sustainability, an organisation that has trained thousands of teachers, parents and students in the Three Streams of Healthy School Culture that gives social, emotional and behavioural support to children who struggle in the school environment.

He is the author of best sellers Simplicity Parenting, Soul of Discipline, Beyond Winning, Being at Your Best when Your Kids Are at Their Worst, and co-author of the new Emotionally Resilient Tweens and Teens. His books have been translated into 27 languages.

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 lives on a farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts, USA with his wife and two children.