That’s how I found my most recent selection: Slow Family Living by Bernadette Noll. She discusses ways to find time together as a family and also be involved in the community.
One option she offers is to just say no to many of the activities that come our way. Another choice is to connect with families who want to find ways to “slow down” too. Another option is to find family rituals that don’t take a lot of energy and planning. For instance, cooking a meal together is a great way to spend time as a family, while our children learn important skills and values. Our young son loves helping us cook, and he beams with pride when we talk about how great the food tastes.
My husband understands the importance of just hanging out, as he grew up in country that valued slow family living. I am a midwestern girl who grew up in an industrial community, so I have to be very intentional if I want to slow down the pace of life. Thanks in large part to my more care-free husband, our son gets great joy from just reading books, singing songs, and walking through the woods with his parents. With a few friendly reminders, like this book, I can slow down and enjoy life with my family too!