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Today I published a “Slow Down” post over at my personal blog, annkroeker.writer.

The post, by the way, has nothing to do with cats. I just thought the cat looked like she knows how to live an unhurried life…as do the people whose hands are living slow enough to pet her.

Click HERE to read “Slow Fragments.”

“Slow Cat” photo © 2010 by Ann Kroeker.

Reviewing the clip of an upcoming CBS documentary about hyperparenting, Bad Moms Club claims that it’s really a thing of the past, that most parents these days are no longer tempted to host $4,000 birthday parties, that “bad is the new good.”

The recent Bad Moms Club post writes:

We all have moments of wanting to give our kids everything, we all get confused about what ‘everything’ means, and we all worry and wonder about whether we’re doing enough. We all want the best for them, but most of us do daily literal and figurative cost-benefit analyses of what, exactly, constitutes ‘best’ and most of us – I think – come down on the side of happy-healthy-loved.

I hope so.

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A fellow member of the network, Jim Schmotzer of the The Faithful Skeptic, pointed me to some parenting articles he wrote.

Several stood out as appropriate for families seeking to live more focused, simpler, slower lifestyles:

Building Lifelong Relationships

Game Time Strengthens Family Bonds

Parental Reality Check

So Many Activities, Not Enough Time

Making Memories for Your Children

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L.L. Barkat of Seedlings in Stone and Green Inventions Central interviewed me about Not So Fast.

The title of her post over at Green Inventions? “Shoes, Twitter, and Wild Kingdoms : Talking with Ann Kroeker.”

Here’s an excerpt:

LL: I remember meeting you at the Calvin festival. I was walking through the breezeway, and from a distance, I saw this cool looking person peering at me inquisitively. It was you! We officially met moments later, then spent a lunchtime together chatting forever. Remember?

Ann: How could I forget how gracious you were after I practically stalked you! I knew you through blogging communities and writing networks online, but we’d never officially interacted. So when I saw your book, Stone Crossings, for sale at the InterVarsity Press table at the Calvin festival, I asked the staff if you were attending. They said you were, and I thought, “Hey, here’s a chance to meet that smart LL Barkat.” Yes, I really thought that, because I admired your clever, intelligent comments and your beautiful yet accessible poetry. Read the rest of this entry »

I saw this video long ago but didn’t think to link to it until Lisa at Stretch Mark Mama reminded me of its existence.

Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slowness and Under Pressure: Rescuing our Kids from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting, spoke in 2005 on the danger of speed … and the impact of slow.

He does so, by the way, while speaking a mile-a-minute.

Of course, I can’t criticize. Not one bit. I, too, am a mile-a-minute-speaker, living the same irony, concentrating on s-l-o-w-i-n-g my own speech patterns…

Enjoy hearing from a slow-down expert.

(disclaimer/note: Honoré comes from a completely secular perspective, including discussion of slow s[*]x, which I’ve typed in lame code in hopes of reducing unwanted visitors.)

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The Confident Mom describes simple ways to slow down, prioritize and enjoy family dinners in her post “Got Family Dinners?”:

“We are so busy!” Sound familiar?  This is the most common excuse for families eating on the go and eating apart.  With the holidays coming to an end and our busy lives picking up again with school, late workdays, sports and music lessons, I felt it was a perfect time to talk about the importance of eating together as a family.

You have heard it before I am sure, but the reality is that if your family eats dinner together, your kids have a much better chance of avoiding a lot of those “things” that you don’t want them to get into; like drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol as well as doing those “things” you do want them to get into; like good grades!

So as we move ahead into 2010, if you are not eating together as a family as often as you would like, here are some tips to help make that happen more and impact your family in a positive way.

Read the post in its entirety HERE.

Image by: Jess Loughborough. The Family Meal,” 2 Sept. 2007. Flickr. Web. 3 Jan. 2010. <; (All sizes of this photo are available for download under a Creative Commons license.)

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Happy New Year!

Consider slowing down your mind enough during the month of January to participate in Mega Memory Month, a challenge I host over at my personal/author blog.

We devote one month to memorizing something big … something formidable … something mega.

Yet, don’t let the word “mega” scare you off.

Simply select something—a poem, speech, song, or passage of Scripture—that is longer than anything you’ve previously attempted. For some people, it might be two verses from a psalm. For someone else, it might be the Gettysburg Address or the entire book of James.

Some months I’ve bitten off more than I can chew and downsized my goals.

But anything I manage to memorize, no matter how modest, is a gift to myself.

This month, I’m concentrating on a chunk of Colossians. I believe it will be a gift not only to my mind, but also to my soul. You can read about my personal challenge HERE.

Won’t you join me?

Mega Memory Month Headquarters is HERE. It’s where you can read more about it, get ideas for a passage of Scripture you could choose along with helpful tips for how to memorize. It’s also where you can leave your link if you blog (or talk to everyone in the comments).

Our minds can hold more than we think they can … if we slow down enough to give them a chance.

Dove ornament photo © 2009 by Ann Kroeker.

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