Holiday Slow


Welcome to the November 2013 Carnival of Natural Mothering!

This article is a part of the Carnival of Natural Mothering hosted by GrowingSlower, Every Breath I Take, I Thought I Knew Mama, African Babies Don’t Cry, and Adventures of Captain Destructo. This month’s topic is Incorporating Natural Into the Holidays. Be sure to check out all of the participants’ posts through the links at the bottom of this page.

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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What do you think?

  1. Thanks for this great tip… I’ll be thinking of that 10 percent whenever I am frustrated with the kids’ slowness. Time spent together is never wasted!

    by Lucy
    on November 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  2. Such an important reminder! Thank you for posting this.

    by Rachel R.
    on November 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  3. I’ll be thinking of that 10% too. What a fantastic idea. I think it will make a difference in our lives to move even a tinier more slowly. I love the name of your blog!

    by Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger
    on November 5, 2013 at 9:07 pm

  4. “Do everything 10 percent slower” with a happy heart is a great mantra for all of us, especially parents. You are a blogger after my own heart. Subscribing! I found you through the blog carnival. :) Renae

    by Renae Launderlife
    on November 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

  5. Thank you for this reminder. It’s much easier to move slowly through the day if I build lots of margin into the day instead of trying to jam lots of stuff in.

    by Barb @ A Life in Balance
    on November 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  6. Thank you so much, ladies. Renae, I love the addition of “with a happy heart.” So important. And, Barb – margin is so so so critical. Wonderful point!

    by Jennifer Hoffman
    on November 7, 2013 at 8:01 am

  7. Ah, yes, wonderfully true. Thank you for the reminder <3

    by Christine @ African Babies Don't Cry
    on November 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

  8. Ok. Tried this over the past week and it is a lot harder than I thought it would be! I really have a hard time with it when I’m in the car. I start out my drive with good intentions, but always end up being impatient. But, more the reason that I SHOULD keep practicing this!

    by Joye
    on November 9, 2013 at 5:39 pm

  9. This has been a big theme in blog posts lately. I suffer from telling my little one to hurry up. We’ve been raising our hands less in order to not have as much on our plates lately. Best of luck with your holidays!

    by Becky
    on November 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

  10. I know, Joye! I could feel the pressure hurry so much this week! Here’s to all of us relaxing into the slow the next few weeks. :)

    by Jennifer Hoffman
    on November 9, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  11. Beautifully written! I love the specificity of “10% slower” – it gives me something to grab onto for myself. I try to be very intentional about this all the time, because I don’t want to miss life, and I don’t want my children to grow up feeling my role was to herd them. But I can always use the reminder! It’s encouraging to know others are thinking similarly.

    by Katy
    on November 12, 2013 at 1:05 am