Podcast Episode 204: How Your Family Can Embrace Slower Living

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 204 of The New Family Podcast, where we talk to a writer about adopting the slow living lifestyle.

There are few among us who are aren’t plagued by a feeling — at least some of the time — that the pace of life is just out of hand. You probably experience this to some degree whether you’re raising kids or not. But if you’re parenting you’re doing so during a period where raising kids is done in a more time-intensive way than ever before.

Between 1975 and today, mothers have nearly tripled the quality time they spend with their kids (while dads have more than doubled theirs). And this is happening at a time when — more than ever before — both parents engage in paid work.

My guest for this episode has made major shifts in her life to address the harried nature of life with her husband and two kids. Brooke McAlary is an Australian writer and the woman behind the popular Slow Your Home blog. Between her blog and her great podcast The Slow Home Podcast, Brooke has become a leader in the slow living movement. She’s the author of two books, the latest of which is called SLOW: Simple Living for a Frantic World.

Here are some resources related to this episode:

SLOW: Simple Living for a Frantic World

Slow Your Home website

The Slow Home podcast

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What Brooke hopes people will get out of reading the book

“I really hope that people spend time questioning and arriving at their ‘personal why’ and starting to create ways of putting that towards the centre of their lives. And really, the book is both very personal but also very practical — simple tools allowing people to create a little bit of space in order to put their ‘why’ closer to the centre. I think that that is something that is obviously highly personal and unique, but it’s also something that there’s a lot to distract us away from. I think a lot of our use of technology, our shopping, our consumption of media — all these things are very good at hiding us away from asking those difficult questions. So I think that by utilizing some of the tools in the book, we’re starting to create space in which we can safely start to ask those questions and then live according to those answers.”

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Brandie Weikle

About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by


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