The September Slowdown


A family playing Jenga to slow down over the week.We all know September means back to school and, with it, back to sports, dance, clubs, music, and more. I don’t know about you, but some days I don’t know if I’m coming or going, much less who I am. So that’s why I’m proposing the September Slowdown.

I know what you’re thinking. How can we possibly slow down when this is inevitably the start of one of the busiest seasons? It may not be easy, but it just might save your sanity. It may be difficult if you’re like my family and have activities seven days a week in the fall.

But even if you can carve out a few hours of slowdown time one day a week, your brain, sanity, and even your kids will thank you.

Start small and pick a day when the activities are light, or maybe you’re lucky and have a day without any set plans. Once the kids are home from school, there’s no need to rush. Have a leisurely snack, complete the homework, and then just be.

Maybe this is when the kids can use their screens or do some light reading or crafting. Instead of cooking dinner (because who wants to do that on a slowdown day?), consider having leftovers, a special takeout, or a clear-the-fridge night. During dinner, take the time to discuss how everyone’s days were and plans for the rest of the week. And then after dinner, maybe watch a family-friendly show or short movie with some dessert.

Just breathe and let your mind relax. 

Try not to think about the million things you must do every other day and savor this day. I promise you’ll thank me, and it will definitely give you something to look forward to when next week’s slowdown day comes.