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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399160073
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,325,024
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bernadette Noll,cofounder of, 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Carrie Contey xi

What Is Slow Family Living? xv

The Slow Family Manifesto xxi

75 Ways to Slow Down Together 1

1 Is This Working for Us? 3

2 Pause 5

3 Start the Day with Four Deep, Slow Breaths 8

4 Connect the Dots 11

5 See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me: Increasing Your Connection 13

6 Practicing Family Life 15

7 Appreciate 17

8 Picture This 20

9 Dropping Love Bombs 22

10 Listen with Your Heart Open 24

11 The Family That Learns Together 27

12 Slow Sports 29

13 Taking Slow Where You Can Get It 32

14 Bedtime Bliss 34

15 High Point-Low Point 37

16 The Blitz: A Family Tidy Up 39

17 Spend Nothing Day 42

18 One on One 45

19 Deciding to Be Done 48

20 Treating Family Time Like a Good Book 50

21 Syncing Your Calendars (The Old-Fashioned Way) 52

22 Go Outside and Play 55

23 Camp Out at Home 58

24 Slow Summer Camp 60

25 Community Service, Family Style 62

26 Magnetic Attraction: A Slow Walk with a Purpose 65

27 Do-Over 67

28 Happy You Day! 69

29 Make 'Em Laugh 71

30 Say Good-Bye Like You Mean It 73

31 Ponder Invitations (And Practice Saying No!) 75

32 Playing Hooky, Family Style 77

33 Family Homework 79

34 Keeping a Family Journal 82

35 Spacious Transitions 85

36 Just Ten Extra Minutes 88

37 This I Believe 91

38 Throw the Rules Out the Window 93

39 Timed Talking 95

40 What Do You Need? 97

41 Fantasy Island 99

42 Sigh. Forgive. Let Go. Move On. 101

43 Make Stuff Together 103

44 Dinner Co-op 105

45 The Family That Cooks Together 108

46 How Low Can Your Pantry Go? 111

47 Siblings for Life 114

48 Date Night 116

49 The Half-Full Weekend 119

50 A Night in the Park 121

51 Take a Mental Picture 124

52 Screen Free 127

53 Take Five 130

54 Slow Holidays 134

55 Out with the Old (Before You Ring in the New) 137

56 Going from Fast to Slow 139

57 How Did We Get Here? 141

58 Partner Up 143

59 Reflect and Project 145

60 Beneath Every Behavior Is a Need 148

61 The Family Billboard 151

62 Real Cooperation 154

63 Dance Party Rock Band 156

64 Spontaneous Game Night 159

65 The Family Lemonade Stand 162

66 The Love Pop-In 165

67 Freaky Friday 168

68 DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Time 170

69 Happy Birthday to You! 172

70 Lazing About: Don't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em! 175

71 Don't Sweep Until the Rice Dries 178

72 Capturing the Ideal 180

73 Road Trip! 183

74 May the Circle Be Open 186

75 Making Big Change 189

Final Note 193

Acknowledgments 195

What People are Saying About This

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

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