In a nutshell, the Porch-Swing Mom values down time. Our society values activity, achievement and a fast-paced lifestyle. When you say that you value down-time, rest, peace and quiet, it is really going against the grain. It’s not that I don’t believe in scheduled activities, sports and extra-curricular activities, I do. It is just that I also place worth on the empty spaces of the day. The blank squares in our calendar have value. They are not just spaces to be filled but they are essential to living. I schedule down-time like my friends schedule activities. I put space in each day for quiet and rest. I have unscheduled time available on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It’s a time for rest, reflection and creative thinking.
There are others out there who feel the same way. Here’s a like-minded quote from Simplicity Parenting www.simplicityparenting.com “Today’s busier, faster, supersized society is waging an undeclared war…on childhood. As the pace of life accelerates to hyperspeed-with too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time-children feel the pressure.”
It’s time to schedule a blank on the calendar and don’t fill it in with an activity.