Monday, March 11, 2013

Book review: Slow Family Living

When the book Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy arrived on my doorstep, my parents were visiting. My mom read the book's front cover and immediately said "slow family living, that's definitely not you!".  Exactly the reason why I needed to read this book! My kids are growing up fast and our lives are already busy and complicated- I need some motivation to slow down and make sure I don't miss what's important!  Before I share what I thought about the book, here's a bit about it from the publisher's website:
Have you ever wished you could slow down the daily grind—and even find a way to enjoy it?

All too often, the hectic pace of modern life turns our households into a blur, leaving many parents—and kids—feeling depleted and disconnected. Enter Slow Family Living, an inspiring guide for parents who want to rediscover the meaning, comfort, and contentment found in the day to day of family life.

Offering 75 simple ideas for reconnecting, this upbeat and invaluable resource can help turn even the most bustling of times into an opportunity to create a moment of calm—and a connection that will last a lifetime.

From holidays and other stressful occasions to bedtime, vacations, and everything in between, Slow Family Living will help even the most harried parents and kids pause, reflect, and find joy, satisfaction, and inspiration in each other.
I really enjoyed this book because it's not about majorly revamping your family's lifestyle, but just being aware of those times when you can take a minute or two to stop and connect, whether it's a 15 minute break to play a board game together before bed, or an unexpected stop by your child's school for a quick hug.  And those are just two of the 75 ideas! I'm planning to put some of these simple ideas into action in my family's life- hoping to make them habits while my kids are still young and before our lives get even busier.

So, if your family is going a million different directions at once and you're struggling to really connect, pick up a copy of this book. Each chapter is just a couple of pages long, so if you don't have time to read all 75 ideas, that's fine- just browse through until you find an idea that makes sense to try with your busy family! 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.