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On the Fly: A New Rhythm 

Published October 2, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.

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The most striking change in our lives thus far is the way we experience time. We’ve broken with the fast-paced, busy culture we’ve lived in for so long, and our days have taken on a new rhythm. Inner forces, rather than outer ones, now drive us.

We haven’t used an alarm clock all month — unless we had an early plane to catch. There’s no rushing around to get three kids out of bed in the morning, gulping down breakfast, slapping together school lunches and running out the door. Instead, our mornings are peaceful. On this family sabbatical, we eat breakfast at our leisure and take a morning walk when we are all up and ready.

School has a soft start each morning. If the girls need more sleep, we let them rest undisturbed. The other day, Lola got up with me before 8 a.m., while Dahlia and Kaya continued sleeping. It was special to have one-on-one time with my middle child during a quiet hour.

We eat our all meals together and have learned to take our time and serve each other, alternating who makes toast and who sets out plates and washes and sweeps up afterwards. This change of rhythm has instilled a calm in all of us, creating an ideal environment for learning. What a difference it makes to slow down and listen to our bodies and minds.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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