Children need to strive and struggle and stretch themselves but that does not mean childhood should be a race to perfection. Slow Parenting is about bringing balance back into the family. It means helping children reach their full potential by giving them the time and space to explore the world on their own terms. It also means giving parents the permission to relax and enjoy the ride. This workshop will explore how to find the sweet spot between doing too much and too little for our children.
Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker. He is also a globetrotting ambassador for the Slow Movement. The Wall Street Journal called him ‘an in-demand spokesman on slowness.’ After working with street children in Brazil, he covered Europe and South America for publications ranging from the Economist and Observer to the Miami Herald, Time and National Post (Canada).
Carl’s first book, In Praise of Slow, examines our compulsion to hurry and chronicles a global trend toward putting on the brakes. His second book, Under Pressure, explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing - and offers a blueprint for change. It was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.” His latest book, The Slow Fix, explores how to solve problems in every walk of life, from business and politics to health and relationships, without falling for short-term, superficial quick fixes.
Carl recently presented a TV show for ABC 1 in Australia in which he helped frazzled, over-scheduled families slow down. The title: Frantic Family Rescue. He is now working on a TV series to do the same for families around the world, from London and New York to Singapore and Mumbai.
On top of writing, giving media interviews and making TV, radio programmes and podcasts, Carl rushes (slowly, of course) around the world to deliver speeches and workshops. His TED talk has been viewed 1.5 million times and he has been described as:
“Inarguably the world’s leading evangelist for what has become known as the Slow Movement.” The Sunday Edition (CBC)
“The global guru on the Slow Movement.” Globe and Mail
“The unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.” Huffington Post
“The godfather of the Slow Movement.” ABC TV News
“An international spokesman for the concept of leisure.” Newsweek
Carl lives in South West London with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he plays slow sports like squash and ball hockey.