- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: TarcherPerigee; Auflage: 1 (5. März 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0399160078
- ISBN-13: 978-0399160073
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,7 x 20,6 cm
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Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. März 2013
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Advance Praise for Slow Family Living
"In a society set on having it all, Slow Family Living points out -- Wait! You already have what you need. All you have to do is slow down and appreciate it. Bernadette Noll’s book helps us reject the time- and money-wasters we've been sold on, and savor the most golden thing we've got -- time, especially time together."
—Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids
“Bernadette Noll has a long track record helping families slow down and find the pace of life that suits them best. How lucky we are that she has now distilled her experience into a wise and readable book. Slow Family Living is packed with practical ways to bring joy and sanity back to family life and give our children a childhood worthy of the name. In this overstimulated, crazy-busy, roadrunner culture of ours, every family needs a copy.”
—Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slow and Under Pressure
“Slowing down and making time for the gestation of your own ideas and being conscious of your own process are the foundations of both genius and happiness. Rather than letting the pace of the world determine your own family’s pace, Slow Family Living encourages everyone to step back from the craziness and determine their own rhythms and routines. The pauses are integral not only to happiness but to pure unadulterated brilliance.”
—Gever Tulley, author of 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do)
“Bernadette Noll, one of my favorite authors, offers essential advice for healthy family living: Slow down and be present with yourself and your loved ones. Her 75 "recipes" for slow family living are down-to-earth and easy to implement. This book is a real gem, a peaceful haven in a sea of over-stimulation.”
—Peggy O'Mara, founder of Mothering.com
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Bernadette Noll, cofounder of SlowFamilyLiving.com, is a teacher, sister, parent, partner, and friend who is continuously inspired by her daily interactions. Her writing has been featured in Mothering, Parents, and other publications. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and four children.
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This isn't one of those self-help books that lectures you and tells you to do all these things that feel extreme, that you would never actually do, that just sound good on paper. The tone of this book is what I love most of all, in fact. I get the feeling that Bernadette Noll isn't prescribing anything, she's just sharing some stuff she's learned from friends and from her own life, and encouraging readers to adapt the ideas that feel right to them in ways that work for their families. Reading the book is a joyful thing, and might be emotional for some people (ahem). There's just such sweetness in these pages, so many opportunities to connect and be seen -- for your children, for you and your partner (if you have one), and for your family as a whole. It's about finding moments of love and celebration in the day-to-day. It's putting your family unit first and feeling good about that. In so doing, you're squeezing every drop of goodness out of this life that you possibly can. And I think that's kind of her point.
That is one of the approaches Bernadette Noll suggests in this book. Each short chapter gives one way that you can do what the subtitle says: slow down, be more connected or joyful in your day-to-day lives, and just enjoy each other more. Each idea won't work for each family, but I guarantee you something will work for you.
One that touched me is the "do over." Do you ever answer a child's question in a much snippier tone than he deserves? Does your child ever answer you with a disrespectful tone in her voice? Either party can just call "do over!" Then the question and the answer are repeated. Humor is effective to diffuse a situation, and it's a great way to get your point across about respectful communication without having a big lecture session.
Other ideas that you might want to learn about:
alternatives to organized sports
practical ways to move from fast to slow
experiencing fun and togetherness while doing chores
Heartfelt thanks to Bernadette Noll and the rest of the Slow Family Movement!
My Favorite “Chapters”:
-Just Ten Extra Minutes
-This I Believe
-May the Circle Be Open
“In the face of society’s messages, however, to speed up, sign up, join up, and hurry up, the reality can be a bit more difficult to achieve without a little guidance.” xv
“Though raising a family isn’t always fun and games, we can make it so that joy and connection are the baseline we can return to time and time again. Sometimes it’s in the method, and other times it’s simply in the mind-set.” xvi
“Slow Family Living is about believing that family life can be the well, rather than the drain.” xvii
“[The Slow Family Living Manifesto] was born out of our belief that family life is being hijacked by societal messages that more is better and faster is greater and that you and your children are at risk of being left behind, unless you buy in now.” xxi
Noll and her husband have four children and plenty of family commitments, so she's had experience juggling schedules and slowing her own family life down so both parents and children can spend time together, getting to know one another and developing healthy bonds. As part of SlowFamilyLiving.com, she's given workshops to other parents on achieving a slower pace in their own lives.
Noll's book, Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy, brings her suggestions to everyone who needs them. Noll is quick to say that she doesn't have all the answers and her guide is only a start to implementing small changes that can bring big changes for families. Yet the simple suggestions found in its pages are likely to generate even more ideas from harried moms and dads who read them.
Noll doesn't suggest dropping out of activities all together, rather she suggests an approach that asks parents and children to consider the things that are most important to them, and then implement changes that will make sure those are the things that get done.
For instance, Noll says one of the questions to be asked with any family routine or activity is, "Is this working for us?" Too often we make commitments or accept invitations without considering the impact it has on the rest of our time. Noll suggests not answering right away when offered the opportunity to take on something new. Instead, she recommends taking time to reflect on how the new thing will relate to everything else going on and if it's truly worth it.
The short, simple suggestions found in Slow Family Living are easy to digest quickly then return to and ponder for a while. After all, Noll knows that what works in one family may not work for another. She doesn't give set prescriptions, rather she invites parents to think about what's important in their own lives and gives them ideas for how to achieve it. Slow Family Living is a resource you'll want to keep handy to refer to often as you work to create the kind of family life you want to be happy with as your children grow.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.