Fed Up With Frenzy {Book Giveaway}

by eringoodman on October 16, 2012

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It was a happy day when Susan Sachs Lipman’s new book, Fed Up With Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World, arrived in my mail box last month.

About a week before, while I was literally in the process of drafting an e-mail to invite Suz to contribute to my 10-Day Family Recharge, I received an e-mail from her inviting me to be part of the Fed Up With Frenzy Blog Tour.

It was a beautiful moment of synchronicity and connection, sweetened even more by Suz’s generous offer to send not only a copy of the book for my family, but a second copy to share with one of YOU!

Each chapter in Suz’s inspiring book, which covers topics like Slow Games, Slow Crafts, Slow Kitchen (and much more), is filled with simple, budget-friendly ideas of things to make, do and experience with your family.

But what really makes the book shine for me is Suz’s narrative.

Her words in the introduction, as well as at the start of each chapter, really speak to my heart and inspire me to take small steps each and every day to slow down and truly savor, celebrate and appreciate my beautiful family.

Lawrence Cohen, PhD, author of Playful Parenting, has the following to say about Suz’s book:

“The heart of parenting is connection, but how do parents and children connect when they are going a mile a minute in different directions? Read this book, stop the frenzy, and reconnect.”

I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Cohen’s words and highly recommend Suz’s book.

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The Giveaway:

To be entered for a chance to win a copy of Fed Up With Frenzy (which will be mailed to you by Moi and may include a few other special things tucked into the package ;-) simply leave a comment below.

If you are inspired to do so, please share one way your family makes space to slow down and connect with each other.

I will close the comments and select a winner on Wednesday, October 24.

Comments are now closed. I’ll be back later this week to announce the winner!


{ 47 comments }

Missy K October 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I would love to win this book!

We eat dinner together every night around our round table. Aside from the occasional night out, or even less frequent business trip for my husband, that is where we share our days and reconnect.

Melanie S October 17, 2012 at 7:29 am

The last 2 years in particular feel like they have been a continuous frenzy… now my eldest has started school and I am trying to find a path through my career that works for my family and for me. I am very keen to read this book as I am trying to pace things better!

At least we find the time on weekends to take long drives together in the countryside and talk, observe and stop to get out and literally, smell the roses ;)

Ann McMahon October 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

I try to keep in mind the Bruce Springsteen song Kingdom of Days.

kristie October 17, 2012 at 8:26 am

Slowing down is something that I ‘know’ is important in my head, but gets lost in the frenzy! I like to make my own…well… almost everything! And doing so many things the slow way takes lots of time, so I ended up feeling frenzied. Oh the irony…

Karen Jones October 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

We begin every day with breakfast together and finish every day with a family cuddle, book reading and lullabies.

Sara October 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

My eldest is in public school this year and I feel like our family time and schedule is in a chronic holding pattern- where days and opportunities are literally passing us by. I just can’t seem to get a good handle on the new arrangement. I feel like its a constant whirlwind! Lol

Antonia October 17, 2012 at 9:26 am

I’m a 21 year old mother of a beautiful 4 year old, before I had my son my life was pretty hectic and having him has taught me to slow down and enjoy and savour every moment with him. We love to snuggle down and read books with lots of blankets and cushions. And we eat pretty much every meal together and talk about our day. I would love to win this book to learn new ways to slow down and connect with him x

Anna October 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

Oh, I love this! With three kids we need all of the advice we can get on how to slow down and be fully present.

Two things I think we do well is that we have dinner together every night, and the kids like to play a game at the table called one thing real, one thing made up. These are stories about their day and we all have to guess which story is the true one.

The second thing we do, although not as regularly, is we have a movie night. I make popcorn and in the colder months we have a fire and we all snuggle up together to watch.

Thank you Erin and Suz for the chance to do even more to slow down and enjoy our kids!

Valerie October 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

We try to make time on the weekends to just relax and spend some time together as a family. Would love to be more mindful of others ways to slow down during the week.

Bridget October 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

This sounds like a great book filled with much needed reminders! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

Elaine October 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

In a suburb of overachievers, I have a bright and talented daughter-age-8. It’s more important to me that she keeps up with herself – she goes back and forth between divorced parents – than keeping up with those Joneses.
Our neighborhood is full of kids and parents who watch out for them. Her school is small, and people genuinely care about one another: teachers, parents, students.
Our extended community includes two-parents families with lots of kids and pets; single moms, single dads; gay couples; single gay parents; and a whole lot of loving grandparents (I’m very lucky in that particular way).
How does this impact frenzy? When it’s dinnertime, we feed each other’s kids. We have to be flexible – one home has cable, another has no TV. Our kids learn from one another: everything from cooking to gardening to hockey to the neighborhood trampoline.
The flow from family to family is very snuggly. We have to slow down to tend to one another as a community.

Jen October 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

Wow! I’ve been eyeing this book for sometime now!

It’s something I need to read for sure, esp. with 4 kids under the age of 7…. I’m trying my best to slow things down but would be grateful for some wisdom!
~A few things we do to re-connect- is to make time before bed to light a candle, read a story and sip tea… We also make time to reconnect through our meals, either preparing the meal or while eating.

Amanda October 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

I could soooo use this book.

Sherry October 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

We enjoy activities as ‘when we feel like it’ events, rather than signing up for weekly commitments. It means that we can try a variety of different things, when we are up for it, and we don’t become slaves to our activity schedules.

Gina October 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

This sounds like an amazing book…everyone needs to take a step back and just slow down a bit. A lot of our family time in centered around food. We eat dinner together as often as possible, have special breakfasts together on the weekend, and love to go on picnics to enjoy nature along with our meal!

Rachel October 17, 2012 at 11:04 am

This sounds like a great book. We slow down by going to the woods as a family on weekends. No cell phone reception, chores, distractions. Just family in an awe-inspiring place.

Lisa October 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

This book would be wonderful for my library!

We eat dinner together each night.
I talk less, and listen more.
I switched jobs – to decrease the stress -and to focus on raising two boys into men.
I give them space – often just mental space from me, even when I am right next to them.
I watch a baseball game with them from beginning to end. No small feat for me when there are 100 other things to do.
I pray.
Funny, we think it takes strength to adjust to and accommodate frenzy. It is also a challenge to a embrace slow.
So worth it. Now, to quiet the mind! :)

Nyna October 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

I have known Suz since our kids were in Tam Valley Elementary together! Even though we have moved away and are living up in Washington State on an island, the same principles ring true. I would love to read her book!

Jeanine Silversmith October 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Ooooo! Would like this book!!

This may seem harsh, but our family makes space to slow down and connect with each other by just saying NO. Saying no to most organized activities. Saying no to birthday party invitations from people my children don’t really know. Saying no to toys that will suck time (and, arguably, brain cells) away from my kids. Saying no to food that makes us act crazy. Saying no to committees and volunteer activites that I don’t have the space and energy for. Saying no to really cool events, movies, etc. that we just don’t have the time for. Saying no to a lot of things that keep us from slowing down and connecting with each other. Just say NO!

Jane Higgins October 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I feel most frenzied when distracted by too many options (and living in NYC there are plenty!!) many of which present themselves through the online world . I try to take time, particularly on weekends, to truly unplug the computer (thank goodness I don’t have a smartphone) and BE with my two boys.

Elinor October 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm

This book might mean a lot to me, the full-time worker, mom, and “perpetual whirlwind” (as my husband calls me). I want to be more conscious about how I spends time, particularly with my daughter, and lord, I wanna slow down.

Erin October 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm

We have a couple of ways that we make daily practice in connecting. My husband sees clients a number of nights of the week so a family dinner isn’t possible for us every… instead we begin each morning sitting at the kitchen table eating breakfast and watching the birds out our picture window. My 4 year old son has named many of the birds and hummingbirds and we create little stories about their lives.

Another connectedness practice we do together is garden. We all go outside together to check on plants, water, dig, plant, etc. If we need to reset our garden is where we go.

Many a day we will have a brief dance party in our study… one or two songs of crazy dancing together and we’re back in our groove.

Thanks for welcoming us here!
Erin

Megan October 17, 2012 at 5:40 pm

We limit the activities our 3 girls can do. I don’t want to spend my afternoons after school carpooling to activities when we could be home having tea and chatting and having spontaneous play. It’s hard to say no to all the great options out there, so I think this book would be so encouraging!

Jennifer October 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

This sounds very intriguing. Thank you.

domestic diva October 17, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

Tiffany October 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm

This would be perfect for us right now – we just moved from a place that had NOTHING going on for the kids to do, to a place that is chock full of it, and we’re having a hard time finding a good balance since we’re still in the mode of wanting to jump on every opportunity that there is. We’ve started to do a better job at reducing the activities we’re doing to give us more time to just be at home together, but I think this would help us out a lot.

Jenn October 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

This sounds like a great book! We go for walks on Sundays and every night we have snuggle/book time together. But I’d like to do more! (Or less as the case may be!)

Amanda October 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

This looks like a great book!

We slow down and connect most at dinner times. I work part-time. We do yoga together, and spend as much time as we can in nature.

TiffanyD October 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

This sounds like a wonderful book to read! I am ready to work to slow things down. My job requires to travel between schools each day and juggle a lot of kids, and family life is busy too. For us, we take time to say our Thank Yous at dinner and to spend time together at that meal time. We also plan to get out on hikes regularly as well.

Melissa G October 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Sounds like an awesome book!!

We have most meals together as a family, evening story times and try to make Saturday our family fun day ;)

Gretchen P October 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

I would love to win this giveaway! This book sounds wonderful. With three kids (highschooler, 7th grader, and 3rd grader) I am constantly trying to slow down. It is hard! Can’t wait to read this book and be reminded to reconnect!

janewilk October 19, 2012 at 10:26 am

I would love to share this book with all of the very busy families we work with every day. They are exhausted, burned out, trying to keep afloat on a sea of “shoulds” the culture is telling them their kids have to do to get into the right school, the right college… We all need to slow down and practice the art of just being with our loved ones.

Renee Kent October 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I very much need this book. It sounds wonderful!

Lisa Tener October 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I’m inspired already.

Melanie October 20, 2012 at 1:49 am

Such a wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much – my fingers are crossed!

Michelle October 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I would love to win this book- I have been wanting to read it. We make time for each other by heading out of the house (where there are always a million things to take care of) and out on a hike or just in nature where we can just focus on spending time together in a beautiful place.

Sarah October 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

On Saturdays, (regularly, but not every week), we work together to cook our family-favorite slow breakfast. We keep the ingredients on hand (including in the freezer) so they are ready whenever we have an unscheduled weekend to do this together. It is one of my favorite traditions.

Elaine October 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Unplug.
That’s our unofficial motto.
And whether it means going to the local 1790s farm museum, reading books or playing in the yard, it works for us.

Maria October 23, 2012 at 10:38 pm

This is what I need to do right now: slow down and connect. Thanks for the chance to win and in the meantime I’ll check if our local library has it.

Jannine October 24, 2012 at 4:14 pm

with a 2 yr old and one on the way I could totally use this right now.

Carrie @ Rhubarb Sky October 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

We do family reading time. All 3 of us plop down and read for at least 20 minutes. We try to do it each evening either before or after dinner, but it’s a useful tool when things feel crazy and we all just need some quiet. My 7 year old is a very physically affectionate child and needs touch a lot, so we cuddle while we read. . . super soothing for all of us. :)

Carla October 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Our family dynamic changed over the summer with separation. After a very busy start to the school year, the kids and I just decided this past weekend that we need to slow down and reconnect.

Ara Mendoza October 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Hi Erin! I hope I get to win this book.

We try to have dinners together where we usually tell each other what happened to our day. Then when we retreat to our room, we pray together first. Afterwards, hubby and I take turns telling our son his bedtime story. He wants one story from me and one from his dad. After our falls asleep, hubby and I talk more and maybe watch TV together.

Kerry October 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

With three kids, 5 and under, my day is constant motion.
One of the ways that we “stop” is by practicing loving kindness meditation each night before bed. We begin by wishing ourselves wellnees, happiness, and peace and then offer the same for our family, friends, community, town, state, country, world, and universe.
One of the sweetest things happened yesterday as we returned from our family trip in FL. We were driving home, stuck in traffic and my 2 1/2 year old started chanting loving kindness meditation! How wonderful and such a nice reminder to those around him.

Lynn October 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

We eat dinner all together nearly every night. And we always try to guarantee ourselves some family time each weekend.

Melissa October 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

We’re family game night people- you name it, we play it- Tripoley, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Backgammon, Cribbage , Stratego, Old Maid….we love playing by the fire in the winter and on the porch in the summer. Laughs guaranteed.

Hilary October 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

We have “home days”where we stick close to home. We stay in Comfy clothes and just play and cook and be at home.

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