Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom
A note from Jamie: It’s Boxing Day, which in our home means another day of leisurely doing…not much. I love the pace, and it brought to mind this post from last year, which originally published on December 13, 2010.
Recently I spent much of the morning in the kitchen while the kids played, popping in and out to help and serve as taste testers. The results of our efforts?
Pint-sized jars prettily filled to the brim with homemade yogurt and applesauce.
I was surprised at just how happy such a mundane morning had made me. After a little thought I realized why.
I had it, and I had given it to myself.
It was a gift of slow – being present, enjoying the ordinary, unwrapping the present in the margin of our everyday life.
As homeschooling families we know that what may appear to be a family-centered life can turn on a dime into craziness – homeschooling multiple ages, dealing with behavior problems, chauffeuring kids to extracurricular lessons.
It sometimes leaves a mama unfulfilled, frantic, and even a little bit harsh.
But there’s good news–you can choose to enjoy the gift of slow at any moment this holiday season. Here are a few ideas:
- reading a story over hot cocoa
- an impromptu Nutcracker ballet choreographed in the living room (This one is awfully popular with my three at the moment, and yes, Mama gets in on the action too–I’m needed for the lifts, you know.)
- cookie baking in the kitchen (And it is okay just to make one type of cookie, not five!)
- threading popcorn/cranberry garlands and hanging them outside for the birds
- an extended board game in front of the fire
- watching a movie together
- making plans to give back as a family
- lighting candles before dinner
As parents we take such joy in planning and creating Christmas surprises, gifts, and secrets for our little ones.
But in the midst of all the busyness, let’s not forget to let them unwrap one of the best gifts of all – the gift of the slow.
How do you enjoy the moments of slow in your family?