Most families I meet are fast-paced.
Kids highly-scheduled lives mean that family routines are hooked into children’s weekly activity schedules.
And their activity levels are massive. Before school, after school and weekend activities are now commonplace for children.
Nothing wrong with that in the short-term, but kids need to slow down for the sake of their well-being and also to maximise learning.
Families need to slow down on a regular basis so people can get to know each other, and so people don’t feel so stressed.
Slow Sundays, slow long weekends and slow holidays help take the stress away and give families the chance to get to know each other and even give members the chance to like each other again.
Understanding why, knowing when and working out how to slow things down is part of the art of parenting. That brings me to holidays.
School holidays are the time to break routine, and slow things down. It’s hard if you work, but even then the change of pace is to be enjoyed and valued. You’ll have your own version of slow!
Still expect kids to help at home. It may take longer than usual.
Resist being their home entertainment machines when they get bored. They do need to keep themselves amused. Busy kids sometimes lack the capacity to entertain themselves. Boredom stimulates their capacity to self-occupy.
There’s a lot to be said for slow!
Enjoy the change of parenting pace.
A popular presenter, Michael Grose speaks to parents, teachers and principals on a regular basis.Michael comes from an education background, and has conducted post-graduate research into what makes healthy families tick.He's given over 1500 parenting presentations, including the first parenting seminar in Parliament House, Canberra.Michael is married with three adult children who have all successfully flown the parent nest.