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Slow Family Movement

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 at 5:03 am in Parenting Issues.

Relaxing with a good book (Illustration by the Fresno Bee) It’s been awhile since I’ve been this enamored with a new parenting movement, but I’ve been hearing rumblings for awhile, then spotted a mention on StrollerDerby , followed various links and there it was:  the Slow Family Movement.

It’s like  Slow Food  but it’s aimed at families and how they spend their time.  It’s the brainchild of two Austin moms, Carrie Contey and Bernadette Noll, and it’s like a breath of sanity breezing through the insanity of end-of-school scheduling. They do classes and workshops and their web site brims with various helpful things, but to get the best sense of what they’re advocating, read this recent Slow Family blog entry…Their spring calendar is just as messy as ours, and they were beginning to feel that frantic sense that comes from the suspicion that you’re on a hamster wheel with no escape in sight. So they did something about it:

“This past weekend however we took a collective deep breath. And we planned nothing. And we even canceled existing plans in exchange for nothingness… We ate meals together and prepped them together too. We had time for pancakes. And pedicures. And head massages in the grass. We read out loud and to ourselves. We wrote long neglected thank you notes… Took walks around the neighborhood and bike rides too… Spent two hours in the thrift store all together just because. And came home to write stories on the old typewriter we found there.By Sunday night we felt ready to dive into this coming week which one glance at the calendar shows is equally full of spring time activities, events and obligations.”

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