Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy

Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy

by Bernadette Noll
     
 

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Have you ever wished you could slow down the daily grind—and even find a way to enjoy it?

All too often, the hectic pace of modern life turns our households into a blur, leaving many parents—and kids—feeling depleted and disconnected. Enter Slow Family Living, an inspiring guide for parents who want to rediscover the meaning, comfort,…  See more details below

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Have you ever wished you could slow down the daily grind—and even find a way to enjoy it?

All too often, the hectic pace of modern life turns our households into a blur, leaving many parents—and kids—feeling depleted and disconnected. Enter Slow Family Living, an inspiring guide for parents who want to rediscover the meaning, comfort, and contentment found in the day to day of family life.

Offering 75 simple ideas for reconnecting, this upbeat and invaluable resource can help turn even the most bustling of times into an opportunity to create a moment of calm—and a connection that will last a lifetime.

From holidays and other stressful occasions to bedtime, vacations, and everything in between, Slow Family Living will help even the most harried parents and kids pause, reflect, and find joy, satisfaction, and inspiration in each other.

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Library Journal
If you feel burned out, overtaxed, disconnected, or otherwise just stressed out and bitchy, here are 75 tips for slowing down and rediscovering joy on the homefront. Written in a leisurely, crunchy-Buddhist style befitting the topic, Noll's manifesto was "born out of the belief that family life is being hijacked by societal messages that more is better and faster is greater and that you and your children are at risk of being left behind, unless you buy in now." To counteract that message, she co-founded slowfamilyliving.com. Each numbered entry in the book is about two pages long, and she addresses topics such as listening with an open heart, practicing family life, and endorsing screen-free hours at home. While the manifesto rings true, her advice both hits and misses. Using your alarm clock as a morning reminder to breathe deeply and calmly before rising is pretty solid stuff, but "dropping love bombs" by circling a loved one and chanting, "Applesauce!" seems exceedingly bizarre. VERDICT There are in turns both nuggets of gold and pyrite here, but libraries with a granolahood demographic (yes, I just made that up) will find a welcome readership.
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Advance Praise for Slow Family Living

"In a society set on having it all, Slow Family Living points out — Wait! You already have what you need. All you have to do is slow down and appreciate it. Bernadette Noll’s book helps us reject the time- and money-wasters we've been sold on, and savor the most golden thing we've got — time, especially time together."
—Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids

“Bernadette Noll has a long track record helping families slow down and find the pace of life that suits them best. How lucky we are that she has now distilled her experience into a wise and readable book. Slow Family Living is packed with practical ways to bring joy and sanity back to family life and give our children a childhood worthy of the name. In this overstimulated, crazy-busy, roadrunner culture of ours, every family needs a copy.”
—Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow and Under Pressure

“Slowing down and making time for the gestation of your own ideas and being conscious of your own process are the foundations of both genius and happiness. Rather than letting the pace of the world determine your own family’s pace, Slow Family Living encourages everyone to step back from the craziness and determine their own rhythms and routines. The pauses are integral not only to happiness but to pure unadulterated brilliance.”
—Gever Tulley, author of 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)

“Bernadette Noll, one of my favorite authors, offers essential advice for healthy family living: Slow down and be present with yourself and your loved ones. Her 75 "recipes" for slow family living are down-to-earth and easy to implement. This book is a real gem, a peaceful haven in a sea of over-stimulation.”
—Peggy O'Mara, founder of Mothering.com

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101619698
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
Advance Praise for Slow Family Living

"In a society set on having it all, Slow Family Living points out — Wait! You already have what you need. All you have to do is slow down and appreciate it. Bernadette Noll’s book helps us reject the time- and money-wasters we've been sold on, and savor the most golden thing we've got — time, especially time together."
—Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids

“Bernadette Noll has a long track record helping families slow down and find the pace of life that suits them best. How lucky we are that she has now distilled her experience into a wise and readable book. Slow Family Living is packed with practical ways to bring joy and sanity back to family life and give our children a childhood worthy of the name. In this overstimulated, crazy-busy, roadrunner culture of ours, every family needs a copy.”
—Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow and Under Pressure

“Slowing down and making time for the gestation of your own ideas and being conscious of your own process are the foundations of both genius and happiness. Rather than letting the pace of the world determine your own family’s pace, Slow Family Living encourages everyone to step back from the craziness and determine their own rhythms and routines. The pauses are integral not only to happiness but to pure unadulterated brilliance.”
—Gever Tulley, author of 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)

“Bernadette Noll, one of my favorite authors, offers essential advice for healthy family living: Slow down and be present with yourself and your loved ones. Her 75 "recipes" for slow family living are down-to-earth and easy to implement. This book is a real gem, a peaceful haven in a sea of over-stimulation.”
—Peggy O'Mara, founder of Mothering.com

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Meet the Author

Bernadette Noll, cofounder of SlowFamilyLiving.com, is a teacher, sister, parent, partner, and friend who is continuously inspired by her daily interactions. Her writing has been featured in Mothering, Parents, and other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and four children.

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