A week or two ago I said that Carl Honore's book In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed was a take it or leave it book and that most of the advice amounts to a secularized version of Eastern practices.
Time for a reappraisal.
I don't take back anything I wrote before, but I should add to, because I hadn't read the whole book yet. I finished it this week and some of those other chapters do have a few take aways.
In particular, I'd recommend the chapter on children, "Raising an Unhurried Child." Honore talks about falling into the trap of telling one-minute bed time stories and reports on several different ways people are trying to slow down in parenting (one of which is homeschooling). Definitely some food for thought here, especially for parents who tend to overdo it with multiple extracurricular activities for each child.
This book is still not on my favorite books of the year list, but I'm glad I read it.