This episode of the podcast is a discussion around creating moments of slow when you have older children, although I hope it will provide inspiration whatever stage of family life you’re at.
I get really honest and discuss the areas where we are winning - and losing - at slow living and slow parenting with our own children (aged 4, 7 and 10), and which values we truly hold when it comes to seeking out those ever more rare and precious moments of slow as our children grow.
I created another download, because I love you. This one is just a short checklist and brainstorming guide, designed very much to accompany the episode rather than to stand alone, to help you figure out your own priorities and areas of focus when it comes to finding moments of slow with children. You can get it by clicking on the image above, or here.
Show notes and links
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The yes brain child: help your child be more resilient, independent and creative, by Daniel J. Siegel.
Simplicity parenting, by Kim John Payne.
How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
How to talk so teens will listen and listen so teens will talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
How to talk: siblings without rivalry, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
How to hug a porcupine: negotiating the prickly points of the tween years, by Julie A. Ross.
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Write Now, a handwriting course (this is a link to the general website - I can’t it for sale as a new edition, and I bought mine secondhand but unused).
Grapat mandala shapes.
Favourite board games
Snakes and ladders/Ludo. A classic, and great for introducing the under-fives to board games, turn taking etc.
Oceanos. A really under-rated simple game which everyone in our family enjoys. It seems ridiculously complicated until you start playing, when everything becomes very simple.
Scotland Yard. A bit more sophisticated - younger players will need some help if they want to be ‘Mr X’ (they will want to be Mr X), but a firm favourite among my three.
Ticket to Ride, Europe edition. Everyone loves this, and there are several editions. It’s a fairly time consuming game, so not one to start five minutes before bed time (ask me how I know).
Catan. Most enjoyed by adults and the 10 year old, but the 7 year old is also keen.
Labyrinth. This is one of the only games my children will set up and play without adult help, which suggests it must be fairly straightforward.
Rummikub. Again, one for the eldest really, but he absolutely loves it, and almost every adult does too, in my experience.
Other favourites include classics like Scrabble and chess, which the older two children will play amongst themselves as well as with adults. Also Uno and Snap, which the three children will play together or with us.
As always, if you have any feedback on this episode or any topics you’d like me to cover in a future episode, please do email me at email@example.com or tag me on instagram @ochreandflax.