Tag: What is Slow Family Living

Slow down. Connect. Enjoy.

It’s sometimes hard to remember that our children are our people. They are the ones we are tending to now as small children, and the ones too we’ll want to spend time with later, as adults. And, though it’s hard to remember sometimes, in the thick of early parenting, our relationships with them as adults will be for a whole lot longer than our relationships with them as children.

This realization is one of the very founding reasons we created Slow Family Living. Our goal is not to tell people how to parent, but rather to offer ideas, tips, tools  and inspiration for finding ways to build that sustainable connection with your children; with your people.

While Slow Family Living is about offering lots of ideas, it is not about offering more dogma. It is not about supplying one way of doing things.

It is about slowing down long enough to find ways to build connection.  And it is about encouraging families, parents, children to see that family life can be enjoyed, not merely endured. Here is a very simple list from our Slow Family Living workbook of what we think Slow Family Living is…

  • Continuously asking “Is this working for us?”
  • Finding ways to live the life you love
  • Knowing you have choices
  • Consciously making decisions
  • Doing things because it feels right for your family
  • Taking into consideration each member of the family and their stage of development
  • Making the family unit your priority
  • Sometimes taking a stand against the status quo
  • Possibly doing it differently than the way it was done for you
  • Trusting that what you have to offer your family is enough
  • Seeing, hearing, appreciating each other as individuals while seeing the family as an entity
  • Believing that there is no right way, just the way that feels right for your family

Sometimes it’s about checking out. Other times it’s about joining in. And it’s always about slowing down, connecting, and finding ways to enjoy family life, now and for the life long haul.

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Time for Slow Family

Perhaps you read the article in this week’s Time Magazine by Nancy Gibbs about overparenting, slow parenting, free range parenting. Perhaps that is how you found us.  We are certainly glad to be a part of it all. And glad too, to have had Nancy Gibbs sitting with us for our Slow Family workshop sharing in the conversation and eating, yes, gluten free, dairy free, locally made coconut ice cream. Because one thing for sure about Austin,  it is chock full of all types of entrepreneurial and extremely creative and passionate individuals, foodies among them.

The tag line for Slow Family Living is slow down, connect, enjoy. Our goal in all of the work we do, our e*books and workshops and talks and blog posts and interviews, is to help families find ways to do just that. To pause. To connect. And to truly enjoy family life.  Of course, what is slow looks different in every household, but what remains the same is the fact that if we want to build lifelong family connection, we can start putting it in place now, creating small connections in the day to day: eye contact, ritual and tradition, talking, familial incubation, and pausing, as a family unit, to check in with each other and create intimate connection. For now and for the long haul.

There are scientific reasons why slowing down is important. In order to integrate all we see, hear and learn in a day, our brains must be given the chance to absorb the information into our whole selves. And there are emotional reasons too. When we slow down we are given the chance to see, hear, feel and understand each individual and the family as a whole, and ask the ever present question, “is this working for us?”

If this is your first time here, we hope you’ll browse around and read our blog posts and our manifesto and articles and maybe download our e*books as well. In their 30 some odd pages, they are full of good information and writing exercises for finding ways to live family life the way that feels best  for you. Because one thing for sure, family life looks different for each and every family. But the desire and need for connection are truly universal themes.

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There was an article in Sunday’s Newark Star Ledger about the move toward Slow Parenting and Slow Family Living. I am excited to get the nod from my beautiful motherland where I still have great attachment and many friends and family. You can read the article here…

The one thing that was missed in the story is the fact that Carrie and I are not two moms, as was stated. Rather we are one mom of four kids and one pre- and perinatal psychologist. I say this because I think this combination is really the heart of our collaboration. This blending of our experience and training offers the collective knowledge we hold of both the scientific and the practical sides of childhood development and family life. From our passion for all our work encompasses, came the formation of Slow Family Living.

When we sat down together to determine just what it was we were offering with Slow Family Living we came up with this…

We are offering a way of thinking about, seeing and implementing family life. We provide the science, the practicals and the lens for understanding, believing and appreciating the richness of building and maintaining lifelong family connections. We want people to see that family life can be the well where members can go to fill up and to have fun. We offer tools, support and inspiration that guide people in slowing down, connecting and enjoying life as individuals and within the family.

If this is your first time on our site, we hope you will browse around and see what we are offering and why. If you are interested in finding out more about your own Slow Family Living, please download our free Slow Family Living workbook or our Family Mission Statement workbook – both available by clicking the buttons in the sidebar.

If you need guidance or inspiration in working through the Slow Family Living workbook, please join us Monday night, April 20th from 8-10 pm central time via teleclass. We’d love to have you.

We are both extremely passionate about helping families truly find the goodness in family life. We strive to help families live an intentional family living that resonates with how they envision a connected family life to be. We could not imagine more heartfelt work. We are grateful you are here and we’d love to hear your thoughts on ways you have found to slow down, connect and enjoy your own family life.

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