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

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  182 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
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
Mar 18, 2013 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Most parents, when asked to look down the parenting road twenty years from now, say their greatest hope is for a meaningful relationship with their kids. Slow Family Living is about creating that relationship now-while the children are home, while dinner is being made, while the carpool is forming, and while the laundry's getting folded. Slow Family Living is about stepping away from the busyness of life, sometimes for just minutes at a time and finding each other in all you do so that you can ...more
Christy Sibila
Apr 18, 2013 Christy Sibila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joanna Berlinska
I cannot honestly say that it was the most eye-opening book I have read in my life but there was something compelling it it. It wasn't quite what I expected but I suppose I was just being too naive in my expectations, looking for something that would literally create the feeling of living 'slower' so desperately needed for a person like me feeling the time is just seeping through my fingers... But it is not that. This book should have been rather called 'Deliberate family living' or 'Connected f ...more
Alicia Roberts
Nice tips/affirmations on how to connect with your family every day, when life seems to be racing by all of you.
Feb 07, 2015 J rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
Caveat: I did not finish this book. The writing style and intellectual thought was annoyingly and frustratingly amateurish.

I like the idea of balancing busy and relaxed periods in home life. Without activity, I become bored. But when I am overscheduled, I get overwhelmed and can't enjoy anything. I also liked the following ideas:
- Do things you love
- Know you have choices
- Celebrate moments

I did not like the following ideas:
- There is no right way, just what feels right
- It is important to cons
Aug 19, 2013 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Apr 17, 2014 Traci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2016 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feelings about this. There were some good ideas that I got from this book, but it seemed very repetitive. Too much touchy-feely-ness for me.....tons of mention of deep breathing, sitting in a circle to talk about feelings, and I felt like the word partner was used too to your partner about this, have your partner answer questions about such and such.....etc etc. Just seemed very redundant. Maybe use a thesaurus and toss in husband or spouse once in a while! I also didn't care ...more
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
Aug 28, 2013 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Katherine Keane
This book did not necessarily blow my mind, but it was a fast read, and reset my intentions for my family for the new year. Some of the suggestions were too sappy or new age to really work for my particular family, but some really hit a chord and gave me inspiration for simple changes we can make. It's such a fast read that I could just pull it off the library shelf and revisit it when I start feeling that my family needs to slow down.
Martha Treder
Jun 29, 2013 Martha Treder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cody Ray
Jun 22, 2014 Cody Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice little book. Contains a lot of practical suggestions and tips from the author's own life for being more present and in the moment with your family. Nothing extraordinary, but worth the short amount of time it takes to read through, take notes, and try the ideas on with your own family. The results could be extraordinary for your family though. :)
Aug 14, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sarah-Mae Adam
Feb 06, 2014 Sarah-Mae Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 28, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Michelle Hart
Not a bad book, but not groundbreaking. I didn't find any new ideas, but was reminded of several that have gone by the wayside.
Jan 14, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book with great ideas to slow down your family life. Asked some good questions too! A quick insightful read.
Oct 11, 2013 Dionna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Keith Svetlik
Jan 01, 2017 Keith Svetlik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 05, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
This addresses an idea I feel strongly about. Although there were some cheesy ideas, most I really liked.
Lots of best ideas of ways to bond with your family. "Don't sweep till the rice is dry!"
Oct 10, 2014 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of interesting practices to inspire parents seeking greater meaning and spaciousness in family life.
Jun 22, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved many of the ideas - wrote them down to apply in my life as best I can.
Feb 16, 2014 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2014
This book has realistic ways to slow down and spend time with your family.
Jonah Lisa Dyer
Aug 31, 2015 Jonah Lisa Dyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good. Solid. Nothing you don't already know, but lots of nice reminders in here. Easy to dip in and out of. Nice accessible writing style.
Donna Luu
Jun 10, 2013 Donna Luu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing but cliches. Not much in life is actually a "win-win"situation.
Apr 18, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 01, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would like to own or reread again later.
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