It's Saturday morning and the only thing on my family's schedule for today is a marathon game of Monopoly. ...We practice slow parenting, a parenting style where parents consciously choose to take the pressure off their children and let them explore their world on their own terms. It allows for everyone to be present & focus on family time without a calendar full of scheduled activities. -Parents.com
What might slow parenting look like in your family's life, this year? Would a slower pace, and a lighter schedule benefit your family?
Slow parenting is basically about learning how to stop the rush and prioritize quality over quantity when it comes to family time. In other words, it’s about making an effort to slow down versus always hurrying kids along from one activity to the next.
Do you ever have those days that feel so rushed, you get to the end and can't remember whether you had any meaningful conversations with your family? As busy moms, we often are pulled by a to-do list, and if we're not careful, our families can get left out of the equation.
In a rush to get things done, and give our children all the things, we over schedule both ourselves and them. And miss the moments we say we want to cherish.
Slow parenting is a way to make sure that time with your kids gets top billing on every to-do list. It's about shifting our focus from what still needs to be done to how we can spend more quality time with our families and create meaningful moments with our children in the time we have.
The idea behind this concept is that when you have several engagements lined up for your child, you and your child may not get time for each other, and you may feel that you are losing out from your child’s life.
If you want to create a slower lifestyle, I know that being more present to and with your family is part of that plan. But you know time flies fastest when we're not paying attention.
Take a careful look at what you do each day. How are you deciding which way you will allocate your time?
Are there ways that you can make sure that there is enough time for family?
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, tea matchmaker, self care coach and lifestyle blogger. I help women who want more time for tea breaks & self care simplify, and find time for both. More here.