Learning About Slow Parenting
As a parent to 5 kids you can imagine that my days are often very fast-moving. The kids move in different directions at each at their own pace. Multi-tasking is my middle name, as it is for most moms I am sure, and I am constantly watching for a “slow-motion” button. There has to be a way to have everyone slow down and just breathe. Right? Well, I was excited to begin learning about slow parenting through the Susan Sachs Lipman’s book, Fed Up With Frenzy.
When well-meaning parents experience their days as a race against time, much is actually lost. Many of us want more connection and meaning in our families’ lives, but we remain too busy to even think about achieving those things. Nearly half of Americans bring work home with them regularly. Working mothers spend a whopping 40 percent of their waking hours multitasking. Children have roughly half the free time that they did thirty years ago.
Slow Parenting is all about slowing down and having more fun with your kids. But, it is also about being genuine in your time together and restoring your child’s creativity and passion for simplicity. In a world filled with technology, it is about just “stopping to smell the roses” and then taking the time to take a picture of them, write a poem, or play around them. And most importantly, it is about reconnecting the family that may have been lost in the shuffle along the way.
Fed Up With Frenzy
After reading through the introduction, which is completely necessary with this book, you will be able to fully understand the concept of Slow Parenting. Plus, you are introduced to the many rewards that can come from taking a slow approach to a fast-moving world. Creating successful children, better physical health, and creating family memories are just a few of the benefits children receive from parents who are fully engulfed in slow learning.
The most valuable and useful character traits that will prepare… children for success arise not from extracurricular or academic commitments but from a firm grounding in parental love, role modeling, and guidance. ~Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings
Once you begin Chapter 1 you are fully immersed in a world of slow activities, games, crafts, recipes, travel games and more. All the tools and instructions for taking the time to play with your family and enjoy the time together. Simple ideas. But brilliant. For instance, in “Slow Nature” it speaks of a Poetry Walk, Cloud Race, Scavenger Hunt, and Geocaching. Our family loves geocaching and it was encouraging to see it mentioned in the book. There are more quick and easy ideas such as making bubbles, having a tea party, and growing herbs together. Activities you may have already done with your children, but with a new twist or appreciation as you incorporate slow parenting.
Susan Sachs Lipman
Susan Sachs Lipman (Suz) is a parenting and family expert who is the founder of Slow Family™ Online and writes for the Christian Science Monitor’s Modern Parenthood blog, as well as numerous other outlets. She is also the Social Media Director for the Children & Nature Network, an international movement dedicated to connecting children with nature.
You can find the book Fed Up With Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World at Amazon.com. Also, you can learn more by liking Fed Up With Frenzy on Facebook or Slow Family Online on Facebook. You can also find Suz on both Twitter and Pinterest.