Simpson’s daughter, Birdie Mae, 22 months, and Maxwell “Maxi” Drew, 8½, and son Ace Knute, 7½ along with husband Eric Johnson, all partake in the giggles after a long day.
“When I hear my kids cackle, it’s the most healing sound,” says Simpson.
“It’s contagious — my whole family starts giggling together, and it’s like some form of happy laughing therapy.”
Simpson also shares how “family is everything to me.”
“More than anything, I want to teach them morals and values and to keep them safe but not afraid.”
The mom also shares how she stays grounded after a “busy day of taking care of everyone.”
“I started journaling after I wrote my book. It gets my thoughts out and lets me face them on paper. I know I can’t carry the weight of the world and all those thoughts all the time,” Simpson says.
“After a busy day of taking care of everyone, this clears my mind so I can have a restful night of sleep.”
Previously, Simpson shared how it has been so amazing watching her older kids interact with her toddler. “It’s so cute to watch my older kids with her. My son and her are like BFFs! The cutest,” she said. “When Birdie is laughing, like cackling, that is a contagious thing throughout the family. Her first word was ‘Ace.’ “
She added how her “very observant” youngest child “says hi to everybody.”
“She’ll stare you down for a bit and then, ‘Hi. Hi.’ She’s so cute,” Simpson said. “She’s also a bruiser, she’ll just go darting off in one second and you’re like, ‘Wait, how’d you get all the way over there?’ It’s crazy. They’re growing up so fast.”
Simpson also detailed self-isolating at home amid the pandemic, sharing how it has been a “very enlightening experience, prayerful, [and] a journey for sure.” Simpson also revealed how engaging in mindful and prayerful talks with Maxwell helps keep them at ease and grounded.
“I put my oldest daughter to bed every night and we pray,” Simpson said. “Once she falls asleep, I’ve realized what’s calmed her is that I start just Googling positive words and I just start talking and then she’s out.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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