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02 May 2018

“Get your shoes on!”
“Please brush your teeth!”
“Where’s your hat?”
“Quick, into the car, we’re late for school!”
“Sorry, we can’t paint right now, you’ve got swimming lessons…”
“Where’s your swim bag?”
“Yes, play on the iPad, I’ve got to catch up on work…”
“Put that down, it’s time for a bath!”
“%@#!&*.. BRUSH YOUR TEETH!!”

Sound familiar?

The busy-ness that envelops my household is something that probably rings true with so many families today. And, even with the best intentions, after a day of hustling little ones from A to B whilst juggling the day-to-day, my well-intended zen has morphed from ‘present-and-patient mama’ into ‘ranty-mojito-skulling mama’!

Yet the busier we get, the more I hear about families making the conscious change to slow down; to disconnect from the crazy and get back to a simpler day-to-day. Injecting a little slow into our lives has been something I’ve been super-keen to do with my family recently, because there’s many days where I feel we all need to step off the rollercoaster for a while. Not only because I’m about to lose my mind, but the experts say the benefits for the kids are significant too:

  • More time for unstructured play means more time for kids to explore and follow their curiosity.
  • Less commitments means more time outdoors – at the park, at the beach, in nature.
  • It can teach kids to stop for a moment and to be more mindful. Kids are less entitled and value simple living.
  • Kids are familiar with boredom and more content with themselves.
  • Kids sleep better.
  • You are less stressed!

Caught between the ridiculous preconceived notion that I’m failing as a parent if my kids aren’t constantly engaged in enriching activities, and the new-world belief that I’m failing as a parent if I don’t give my kids ample time for unstructured play (seriously, we all need stop with the mama guilt!), slower living seems to be the perfect solution. If only I had the time!

So, this month, I’ve taken a few tips from the Wellbeing Special in the latest issue and have introduced three simple switches into our world to slow it all down a little.

  • Saying no to that Saturday playdate, and yes to ice-creams on the beach.
  • Forgetting the dinner dishes and lying on the deck to watch the stars.
  • Removing an after-school activity and hanging around for that spontaneous play in the park.

Admittedly, our daily grind still often resembles the chaos of a Die Hard movie, and ‘ranty-mojito mama’ is still burning bright, but I hope those little slices of shared slowness are being filed away in my kids’ happy memory banks somewhere. Because I realised my kids have their whole lives to be busy, let’s share a few care-less moments while we still can.

As well as being packed with Wellbeing tips, the May/June issue is our PARTY SPECIAL! Including a huge guide to putting on a party in your area. Our Education feature explores the value of a Growth Mindset, and our Health section looks at the various additional healthcare services available for kids today. And if you have a fussy eater in the family, we have a recipe for delicious family-friendly fajitas. Yum!

So, grab a copy today!

With love, 

Angela xo

P.S. No, they still didn’t brush their teeth!

Written by

Angela Sutherland

After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. Now owner and editor of Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad. 

When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.

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