December 4th, 2009

Macbeth the Usurper

Slow Parenting

I was reading about the "slow parenting" movement yesterday. My reaction? That's just what I thought normal life was.

To me, normal is letting the girl run around half-naked for the entire morning because she isn't interested in getting dressed and there's no real reason to bother. Having things to do is cool, and having nothing in particular to do is also cool. I just happened to grow up around a house where my parents were around on the weekend and we rarely had excess money to throw at activities. That means that I spent alot of time in the dirt. Dirt's normal. Yard work is normal. Vacuuming and dusting is normal.

I don't call "slow parenting" a movement because I think, on the whole, that "slow parenting" is the predominant style. You only need a few wacky parents to drive everyone crazy.