British journalist-turned-parenting guru Carl Honoré thinks it’s high time that families slowed down. His 2008 book “Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting” was received as an antidote to overparenting, which had turned a generation of middle and upper class adults into hovering helicopters, loading their toddlers with extracurricular activities and fretting over every dietary indulgence and playground scrape
Although Honoré didn’t come up with the term “slow parenting” himself, he agrees that the phrase encapsulates something that he noticed missing from many kids’ young lives: free time. Rather than penciling in piles of play dates and ballet practices, slow parenting advises keeping family calendars sparse to allow for relaxation and quality time together
. At its core, slow parenting serves as a call for adults to untie themselves from the consumer culture pressure of buying and architecting a seemingly perfect upbringing for their kids, and use those liberated minutes and hours to get to know who those boys and girls are as unique and precious people.