About Denaye Barahona Ph.D.


get in touch by email : denaye at simplefamilies dot com

Hi friends.

I am Denaye Barahona (in case you are wondering, it’s pronounced like Renee, but with a D).

First and foremost, I am a Mother and a Wife. My family and I currently live outside of NYC–but we have a touch of wanderlust so it’s unlikely our forever home. But for now, we have made ourselves comfortable.

I grew up in a small town in Ohio. My husband and I were college sweethearts. Post-college we spent memorable years living in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, while traveling as much as possible. We moved to Dallas in 2012. It was there we started our family and our adventure as parents. Our first born, a little boy, joined our family in 2013 [his simple birth story] and our daughter completed us in 2016 [her not-so-simple birth story]. In 2017 our family relocated to the NYC area, where we currently are enjoying life in the country, yet still within easy reach of the city.

I love to travel [yes, with kids], talk all-things-health-and-food, and give preposterous amounts of unsolicited parenting advice.

My work has been featured on the likes of the Today Show (where I am a Top Contributor on The Parenting Team), Pop Sugar, and Parenting Magazine.

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Whether it be from my on the job training as a Mama or my professional experience, I have learned that as parents–we so desperately want to get everything right.

But in the process we have the tendency to overcomplicate, overthink, and get overwhelmed.

I am here to convince you that simple really is smart.

I have a personal and professional passion for helping women thrive in motherhood. My Ph.D. is in Child Development. I am also a Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in Child and Family Practice. I followed that up with a Post-Grad Certificate in Behavior Analysis of Children. I have spent much of my career working with parents who deal with challenging behavior in children–whether it be eating, sleeping, screaming, cussing or hitting.

I advocate for taking a holistic approach to helping the whole family stay well: physical, emotional, and relational. That means living well by developing a healthy relationship with yourself, your family, and your home.

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Thanks for visiting and I hope you will stick around. I look forward to learning from you.