The Rhythm of Family

Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons

Many of us with busy families yearn for a slower and simpler life with our kids—one that is connected to the seasons and the natural rhythm of the year, one that has our children spending more time out of doors rather than in, one that balances out some of the busyness of our lives—the computers, the televisions, the cell phones—with a deeper connection to the Earth and an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world. The Rhythm of Family is a guide to living such a life for any family.

Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the woodstove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season—from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day. Paying attention to these changes slows us down, inspires new types of creative play and exploration, instills a sense of family togetherness, and deepens an awareness of nature and self that can make our lives, days, family, and earth grow stronger.

The Rhythm of Family explores what we learn and can gain as parents and families by encouraging and experiencing creativity and nature exploration with our children, the seasons can provide us with a rhythm that brings us close to the earth, and closer to our children.



Author Bio
Amanda Blake Soule

Amanda Blake Soule is the creator of the popular blog SouleMama, which she began in 2005 as a way to share the creative journey of her family. That emphasis on creative exploration, family connection, and appreciate for nature is at the heart of her first three books—The Creative Family, Handmade Home, and The Rhythm of Family (which she co-wrote with her husband, Steve). In 2012, Amanda started Taproot magazine, an ad-free print publication dedicated to exploring the topics of food, farm, family, and craft through art, photography, recipes, patterns, and personal narrative.

Amanda lives in Western Maine with her husband, five children, and a growing menagerie of farm animals in a 200-year-old farmhouse, on a homestead they are bringing back to life. Growing and making all manner of things in their days, they strive as a family to stay connected to one another and the Earth by bringing creativity into the everyday.

Imprint: Roost
ISBN: 9781590307779
Publication Date: 07/01/2011
Page Count: 272
Size: 6.5 x 8

"This book will fill you with yearning to connect further with nature, yourself, your family, and creativity. It inspires and uplifts with magnificent, evocative photography. Knitting and sewing projects, herbal health care, recipes, seed sprouting. A book of delight for the whole family." —Juno Magazine (UK)

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