- Little House on the Freeway, by Tim Kimmel. This book has been around since the 1980s, as Dr. Kimmel has been calling out a warning to hurried families. But it seems we’re living lives faster than ever. Not surprisingly, his book is still in print, because a new generation of young families needs to slow down.
- Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, by Dr. Richard Swenson
- The Overload Syndrome: Learning to Live Within Your Limits, by Dr. Richard Swenson
- Raising Kids for True Greatness, by Tim Kimmel
- Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships, by Randy Frazee
- Connecting with Your Kids: How Families Can Move from Chaos to Closeness, by Timothy Smith
- Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family, by Patrick Lencioni.
Get an overview in this article in MOMSense magazine (January/February 2009). He also explains his three big questions for a frantic family in this podcast.
- In Praise of Slowness, by Carl Honore, gives a history of our culture’s addiction to speed, starting with the Industrial Revolution, then explores several trends toward slower living and working. He talks about how people are slowing down at work to be more effective, neighborhoods are being designed to promote a slower lifestyle, people are cooking and eating more slowly in order to really savor it. There is even a slow approach to exercise and education. In Praise of Slowness is an interesting book written by a journalist trying to report objectively while processing it personally. However, be warned: Honore presents a New Age approach to several things, including a chapter on slower intimacy for couples. Read selectively with caution and discernment.
- Under Pressure: Rescuing our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting, by Carl Honoré
- Creating Family Traditions, by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson
- Let’s Make a Memory, by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson
- Making Ordinary Days Extraordinary, by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson