ADVOCATES OF SLOW PARENTING

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

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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.

http://www.carlhonore.com/books/under-pressure/

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