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