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Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy

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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
ebook, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Perigee Books
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Cindy Hudson
If you ever feel that family life is like being on a speeding treadmill in a never-ending rush from one chore or activity to another, take heart. A book by Bernadette Noll, cofounder of, has a few ideas for how to slow that treadmill run to a walk.

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 ano
Christy Sibila
There was a quote in the forward that really hooked me: "Development is...not...a process of pouring information in but rather...a process of unfolding out into our best and most expansive selves." I read this book because I am so tired of "go, go, go" and wanted ideas, and yes, I admit, permission, to slow down. Some of the ideas are honestly a bit hokey and wouldn't work with my family, but some ideas I love. One of my favorites is the mom who gave up the pressure of soccer leagues in favor of ...more
I did not expect to like this one when I got it at the library but I was super wrong. Bernadette Noll gets me. Or I get Bernadette Noll. Or we get each other. Total breath of fresh air after Hands Free Mama, this is written by a woman not only confident in her own mothering, but confident in yours, too. This is a quick read (she respects your time), she says over and over again to do what works for your family (you never get the sense that she thinks you should run your family exactly like she r ...more
I had the best time reading through nearly 200 pages of bullet point tips on enjoying family life--no matter the size and shape of the one you happen to be in. I walked down memory lane, being glad of the many things we did that this reading brought to mind. I also got a lot of ideas to try here and now.

I intend to journal my own reflections. Everyone needs a go-to list of affirmations that somehow you did SOMETHING right somewhere along the way. When my daughters went away to college they disco
Blaire Malkin
2.5 stars. This book wasn't exactly what I thought. A lot of the ideas seemed like they added even more time to an already busy day. The co-op ideas, making and delivering dinner for another family a couple days a week and having them do the same for you is nice in theory, but would be difficult in practice. Making larger batches, finding a family that cooks things you would choose for your family and that would be flexible enough to deal with crazy schedules seems too hard. Same with camp co-op ...more
Lots of interesting practices to inspire parents seeking greater meaning and spaciousness in family life.
This book has realistic ways to slow down and spend time with your family.
Lots of good hints, many of which I've heard before.
Would like to own or reread again later.
Lots of best ideas of ways to bond with your family. "Don't sweep till the rice is dry!"
Sarah-Mae Adam
An uplifting and simple read with many suggestions on ways to slow down and connect with your family in planned and random ways. Many highlighted chapters for future use and great suggestions to refer back to!
Good book in theory, but fortunately (or unfortunately some days) my life is pretty darn slow as it is! It talks about "if you're rushing around too much in the evenings, decide what activities are most important and get rid of the rest." I WISH I had some place to go in the evenings! ;) For my current phase of life, this book didn't quite apply, but with older and busier kids, I can see that it would be helpful. Maybe I'll re-read it 5 years from now...
Martha Treder
I thought this was a fantastic book! There are some wonderful ideas about reconnecting/connecting with your family. I have been wanting our family to be more mindful in our daily living and this book has suggestions that we can do without too much stress on the family. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to slow down their lives. In this day and age, a book like this is pretty important and affirming in the need to slow down.
Karen Twinem
This would be a great book for anyone with school-age kids. Great suggestions for what to do if you cut back on TV.
Nice book with great ideas to slow down your family life. Asked some good questions too! A quick insightful read.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Short chapters with simple ideas to create more fun family time and even smooth out some of the rough patches that we all experience because we are in a family. I will definitely be referring back to this book often.
Interesting, I skimmed through the ideas, and found a few worth thinking about. Not life changing though.
This addresses an idea I feel strongly about. Although there were some cheesy ideas, most I really liked.
Really enjoyed this was a fast read with several fresh ideas for living simply as a family. I look forward to implementing some new things into our own schedule this summer.
This book was one I carried around for a few weeks. Once started, I nearly finished it one setting. There are some good ideas, but mostly a light hearted tone and and "I've been there" perspective that I needed. I'll keep it to revisit!
While many of the ideas were less than novel, there were quite a few that sparked some wonderful times of connection and communication in my house.
Quick, inspiring read that gave me some great ideas to implement into our family life.
Donna Luu
Nothing but cliches. Not much in life is actually a "win-win"situation.
Loved many of the ideas - wrote them down to apply in my life as best I can.
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