Fun Find– It’s back to school time and that means back to the routine of not just school but a heavier work load for parents, after school sports, dance lessons and so much more. It is enough to make you feel a bit frenzied just thinking about it. Susan Sachs Lipman has some answers and tips for you in her new book, ‘Fed up with Frenzy’.
‘Fed up with Frenzy’ is all about slowing down to be better parents and spending more quality time with our kids. Her slow parenting philosophy is a welcome respite from the stress of after school activities, work and more.
1. Slowing Down the Morning Rush- Instead of battling the busy drop off rush at your child’s school, take time to park the car a few blocks away and walk your child to school. This strengthens family connection and starts the day off in a relaxing and peaceful way.
2. Make Meal Time Meaningful- Dinner is one of the few times families get to spend time together during the day. Make the most out of dinnertime by picking a family question to share, for example, “What’s the funniest thing that happened during your day?” Families can also create fun bonding time by picking recipes, and preparing meals together throughout the week.
3. Say No to More Things- Parents don’t have to serve on every school committee and children should not sign up for a lot of activities. More pleasure comes from devotion to one thing at a time and free play, rather than organized activity.
4. Give Your Electronics The Day Off- Call for a family “day of rest” from technology. This can be incredibly restorative, to give full attention to your loved ones. Even cutting out a 30 minute TV show and substituting it with a family walk or game can add joy to your life.
I’m going to recommend this book to a lot of the moms and dads. It is something we all need to remember every now and then. Because don’t we all feel the need to slow down, enjoy the time we have together or even just recognize and read a bit about why we should? Raise your hand if you said ‘yes’. Class adjourned.
Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World ($14.99) is available at Amazon.com.