My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Simplicity Educational Services, Bellevue, WA, USA
I participated in the parent-tot playgroup, several trainings, and individual parent-coaching. Prior to attending Simplicity Educational Services, I did a lot of reading about parenting. I still had feelings of uncertainty about how to parent my then 2 year old. What I appreciate about Simplicity is that I was able to witness teachers modeling responses as well as receive practical steps tailored to my child. Simplicity provides the theoretical and practical framework that allows you to solve almost any issue. This is accomplished through trainings, specific guidance, and practice. Parenting only happens once with each child and I could have learned from my mistakes the hard way, some perhaps many years later. However, the collective wisdom I received at Simplicity helped me be the best parent I can be at the present moment.
Philosophically, Simplicity is an oasis in an arena that expects children to behave like adults and pushes them to stretch their cognitive abilities at younger ages, often beyond what they can handle developmentally. I have also thought deeply about their motto of "preserving childhood" and despite initial skepticism, I am more on board with it now than ever. At Simplicity, I learned to see things from a child development point of view and it has really reduced conflict between me and my now 4 year old. I find myself returning to Simplicity for guidance because once I mastered one developmental stage, it's not long before a new one arrives! I encourage anyone working with children or making policy regarding children to give Simplicity a try. It has really touched my life and I wouldn't be the same parent without it.