Slowing Down

Welcome to the Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival: Week #4– Slowing Down

This post was written for inclusion in the 10 Week Peaceful Parenting Challenge Blog Carnival hosted by Prenatal to Parenting. This week our participants have written about Slowing Down. We hope you enjoy this week’s posts and consider joining us next week when we share about a week of Practicing Presence.

This week seems like the perfect challenge for me since I’m a very busy, on-the-go, active, and adventurous type of person. If you read through my blog posts, you’ll see I’m always doing a daily adventure or activity with my daughter and don’t take much time to slow down and “smell the roses” as the saying goes. My wife is the compete opposite – she likes to rest, relax, and enjoy life by connecting with a few people and doing less things. For me, it’s a lot of things and a lot of people! I guess the axiom “Opposites Attract” rings true with my wife and I.

When I stop, slow down, and focus fully on my daughter, I can see her eyes brighten up, her huge smile with little teeth appearing through her grin, and she comes to me to spend time with daddy instead of playing with her toys. Rianne always wants daddy instead of her toys, books, or the cartoon shows on TV. Similarly, I must always choose her over my smart phone, laptop, social media, or blog. My wife also wants me first and wants to know how my day is going and what were the highlights. I have started implementing these important questions and this has made all the world of difference in our relationship!

This BC Day Long Weekend, our family is heading to the Sunshine Coast – my wife hopes for a little R & R and I want to explore as much as possible up the coast. Since my wife is four months pregnant, I can see why these “Babymoons” are important to her with our second child due this December. The exercise from this week has reminded me that I need to slow down and enjoy the scenery of the coast instead of fitting as many activities as humanly possible into our trip! Check back in for blog posts of how our family trip to the Sunshine Coast goes! Make sure you keep me accountable for slowing down during our trip! 🙂

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

Small Things Often– Sarah from Prenatal to Parenting realizes the small moments are the ones that matter the most.

Stop, Amy Stop. Amy from The Connection We Share accepts her family’s invitation to slow down and finds that life will not be “better” when items get crossed off to-do lists. Life is perfect, right now.

Slow Down- Peaceful Parenting Challenge – Week 4 – Katrina from Kalem Photography calls her week a complete failure.

Slowing Down – Ricky from Daddy Blogger says slowing down doesn’t come naturally.

A Work in Progress  Verena from Memory Maker Events builds in some time for herself.

What really matters Kathryn from Curiosity and the Kat realizes it is the little things that matter and help to put our life into perspective.

Time to Play Michelle from My Peaceful Parenting feels like a bit of a cheater.

Slow and Steady wins– Lolly from My Journey Home questions what are we all rushing towards.