On the Fly: A New Rhythm | Kids VT | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

On the Fly: A New Rhythm 

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

click to enlarge 2014-09-18_23.04.40.jpg
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.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

More By This Author

  • Vermont Moms Talk About Giving Birth and Surviving Postpartum During a Pandemic
  • Moms Talk About Giving Birth and Surviving Postpartum During a Pandemic

    Women who've had children during the pandemic have gone through an especially complicated transition; aanxiety and mood disorders in pregnant and postpartum women have doubled since the pandemic began. Writer and birth educator Jessica Lara Ticktin received a grant to document the experiences of Vermont moms. Here are six of their stories, in their own words.
    • Nov 16, 2021
  • More »

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation