A Slower Path: Rhythms for Learning and Growing Together
Much of the latest research is confirming what parents already know: our kids need less time in structured academic activities and more time just being kids. When you look into most American homes, we are separated from each other, and our family relationships are broken. No wonder the next generation coming up is seeing more and more depression and anxiety. Not only have we taken away playtime, we’ve also taken away family time. Is there any hope of reclaiming either? I believe there is. However, it means taking a slower path, a more intentional path, with our children. It means looking at who they are instead of who we want them to be. And it means creating rhythms in our lives that anchor and center our families.
I have practiced these rhythms for the past several years, and while our family is far from idyllic, we are learning and growing together in a way that promotes self-reliance without promoting isolation. It also promotes playtime and creative thought over academics and cookie-cutter ideas. These rhythms are not one-size-fits-all, but they can be tailored to your specific needs and goals for your family. That’s the beauty of rhythms: every family can take the same beat and come up with a different song.
While each family will have their own, these are the rhythms that our family has built our song around:
- TV and Movies
- Outside Play
In the following weeks, I’ll get into what these rhythms look like in our home and how you can customize your own family’s rhythm. I have used these rhythms with our babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary kiddos, and I am confident that together, they can create a warm, cozy environment for your family, too.
I shared in previous posts that I was praying about our family and ways that we drive out darkness. I didn’t realize, though, that I was already doing many things to do that each and every day! My hope for you after this series is that you also find the unique ways that your family drives out the darkness.