You know those Saturdays when you realize your kid has a birthday party followed by soccer practice, and then a playdate scheduled after that? Some days are like that, but they don’t have to be so rushed. We do get a sense of satisfaction being able to cross off those social engagements from our to-do list, but all those activities can get in the way of weekend family time. And that’s where the slow parenting movement comes in.
Slow parenting is described by the “Boston Globe” as taking the time to “... just watch your children whether they are playing, doing homework, or eating a snack. The advice is to take a moment to “drink them in” because taking that pause can “drive a shift in pace.” So slow parenting is basically just learning to stop the rush and making quality time a priority over quantity when it comes to family time.
That means slowing down and not trying to rush our little ones from one birthday party to a lesson to the next activity. Do you and your kids even enjoy all those commitments? If not, cut back on them so you can just spend more down time together. Set up some family rituals that nothing can get in the way of, like family breakfast on Saturday morning or a walk to the park after work.
And don’t underestimate the power of all being under the same roof and doing nothing specific. That kind of quality time counts. Just being together, hanging out and unwinding helps balance out the stress and chaos of the work and school week. And you may find you really like Saturdays again when you don’t have all those plans.