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Stress, nature και slow parenting

How does slow parenting relate to nature and stress? What can we do for children to avoid stressful daily life?

Slow parenting is generally defined as a way of parenting in which parents allow their children to take time and initiative without bombarding them with a lot of activities in their free time. It is essentially part of the ‘Go Slow movement‘ attitude, which acts as an antidote to modern stressful lifestyles and was launched in Italy in 1986.

It is a more relaxed approach to parenting that relieves family life and all its members of unreasonable pressures and obligations. The main aim is to restore the balance lost in the family due to increased responsibilities and hectic lifestyles.

This means that parents give their children the time, space and room to explore the world on their own without constant suggestions and organised frameworks. They do not overload their daily routine with activities. Instead they keep the schedule under control so that there is time for relaxation and rest.

Antidote to overparenting

Experts describe the behaviour of parents who are overly involved with their children as “overparenting”. A truth that concerns parents of the last generations is the agonizing over-effort to perfectly organize their children’s lives according to a strict plan which eventually leads the children gradually to psychosomatic diseases.

How can we in simple ways bring slow parenting into our lives?

Relax the schedule of responsibilities:

Too many activities inside and outside the house increase stress. Try to organize your schedule in order to save more free time.

Include positivity in your life:

It is important to face life with optimism and a sense of humor even if everything goes wrong. Explain to children that no one has the obligation to be perfect.

Don’t assume that people don’t have to have a duty to learn that no one is obligated to do anything:

A walk or a stroll through a natural landscape you can’t imagine how many beneficial qualities it can have. Whether it’s a mountain, the sea or a forest, its benefits will surprise you!

The benefits of the land:

Many times engaging children in activities like gardening, interacting with animals and growing vegetables helps a lot in their psychology. Contact with the earth acts as a stress ball, calms and relaxes the body. When children are in nature, they experience a different and more relaxed way of life compared to that of the stressful daily life that overparenting offers.

Above all, adapt everything to your family’s rhythms:

Don’t adopt an attitude or behavior because you see that most parents do. Something that works for the majority may not work for your child.

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