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"Slow Parenting" Summer

“Slow Parenting” Summer

Rather than fill my kids’ eight short weeks of vacation with extracurricular activities to keep them busy, I’m going to keep the calendar as empty as possible, leaving room for adventure, spontaneity, and even boredom.

“So what have you signed the boys up for this Summer?” I’ve been asked this question several times by well-meaning friends who have already planned out every week of their kids’ Summer holidays. Art camp, soccer, rugby, swimming lessons, literacy camp, museum camp, YMCA day care, karate, and Vacation Bible School are all popular options among my fellow parents. In fact, there are more options for activities than I could ever fit into the two months my sons are out of school. Read more