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Slow Parenting: What is Slow Parenting?


The author of The Power of Slow: Finding Balance and Fulfillment Beyond the Cult of Speed, Carl Honoré, gave this description to reporter Lisa Belkin:

"Slow parenting is about bringing balance into the home. Children need to strive and struggle and stretch themselves, but that does not mean childhood should be a race. Slow parents give their children plenty of time and space to explore the world on their own terms. They keep the family schedule under control so that everyone has enough downtime to rest, reflect and just hang out together. They accept that bending over backwards to give children the best of everything may not always be the best policy. Slow parenting means allowing our children to work out who they are rather than what we want them to be.

Slow parents understand that childrearing should not be a cross between a competitive sport and product-development. It is not a project; it's a journey."

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