Life gets to us. It seems everyone I meet or talk to mentions their busy schedules. We’re seemingly holding it together, but I know in my own childhood there was a slower pace where we had time to connect and enjoy our life as a family. Bernadette Noll, author of Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect and Create More Joy, captures life simple. Her book is reader-friendly and a guide that challenges families to pause, reflect and find their own joy.
Each chapter outlines simple and fun ways to discover one another. It’s written for the soccer mom , bedtime goers, homework mentors and every day routines.
I’m a believer in the present parent. Noll reminds me why as she outlines the benefits of SLOW…
- staying more resourced
- resource means your more present
- more present means more tuned into your own needs and those of your family
- tuned into the needs, everyone feels seen
- Everyone feels seen, means everyone feels safe
- Feeling safe means more harmony
- More harmony means more love, connection, ease, fun and joy
- More love, connection, ease, fun and jo means more together as a family
I suppose there are a variety of ways to interpret Slow in family living. I simplify by saying, “making time for one another”, Knoll takes it out to a much broader definition:
- Doing things you love
- knowing you have choices
- Consciously making decisions
- Doing things because it brings more connection
- Taking into consideration each family member and their stage of development
- making the family unit your priority
- sometimes taking a stand against the status quo
- possibly doing it differently from the way it was done for you
- asking yourself, possibly over and over again, is this working for us?
- trusting that what you have to offer your family right now is enough
- trusting that there’s no right way to do it, just what feels right for you and your family
- pausing as a unit to stop and take it all in
- being present in the moment
- getting connected to your emotions and encouraging and teaching your family members to do the same.
If these are things you long for in your family unit, Slow Family Living will amaze you as it guides you through breaking up the week and finding excitement and joy at home on a standard school night.
Overcoming the guilt of trying to spend one on one time with each child, Slow Family Living has a chapter dedicated to ways to bond and grow with one child at a time, without making the others feel left out.
There are great tips for fun ways to foster a loving environment at home with your children and your partner. In fact, these tips run rampant through the book.
I loved Slow Living Family and am reading it again to see which areas we can implement immediately and which ones will foster the most benefit within my family unit.
Easy to apply methods that incorporate the family making time together moments of joy and memories rather than the giddy-up-go drama that schedules sometimes offer. This is a must read for another with children.
Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book and celebrating the little things.
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