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.
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.
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.