Welcome to the November 2013 Carnival of Natural Mothering!
Hurry doesn’t only chase me in November and December, but it does seem relentless in the final months of the year. If I’m not careful, I find myself saying, “hurry up” to my kids more frequently than “I love you.” Not the mama I want to be.
So, of course I’m intentional about what things we choose to add to our schedule, but I’m trying something new this year to go one step further. My theme for this Holiday Season is “do everything ten percent slower.”
When we are baking banana bread, I know hurry will tell me, “Just crack the eggs for your 4-year-old, it will be faster!” But, I will slowly pick up each egg, handing them off as if they are a treasure I need to be slow and meticulous with. I will tell her she can take her time as hurry rushes on by.
When my 15-month old needs a diaper change in the middle of a gift-wrapping session, I will walk slowly to the changing table. I will sing Little Drummer Boy at a tempo ten percent slower than usual. I will smile, bond and connect through each step of this familiar routine, as hurry leaves us in its wake.
When my daughter and I are driving to our special Nutcracker date, I will savor the slow lane. I will watch the lights as cars speed by at 10 or even 20 miles over the speed limit. I won’t believe hurry, or honking horns, when they shout that the speed limit is too slow.
Yes, I’m inviting slow to take up residence in our home this holiday season. And maybe, by January, she’ll just be another member of the family.
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