Know Thyself: The Inner Work of Parenting Know Thyself: The Inner Work of Parenting
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Parenting is challenging work on many levels.  Parents have to respond appropriately to unexpected and unprecedented situations on a regular basis.  They have to make millions of decisions about tiny and life-changing events and it is not always clear which is which.  It is impossible to know always what to do.  When parenting is undertaken […]

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A Purifying Tantrum A Purifying Tantrum
Friday, January 24, 2014

Every Thursday I am on my own for bedtime.  We have a solid routine, so normally it’s busy, but not overwhelming.  After two busier school days, my little boys were tired yesterday evening.  I was prepared: dinner was on time and we were winding down a little after six.  Bedtime has been so routine for […]

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Rhythms in Home Life Rhythms in Home Life
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Creating and maintaining the daily flow of activities is one of the most essential and most repetitive of parenting tasks.  It is well known that children thrive with predictable routines around mealtimes, sleep, and school.  The basic plan of the day is what we call the routine and it acts like the frame of a […]

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Painting with Young Children Painting with Young Children
Saturday, January 4, 2014

Watercolor painting is a weekly experience for our kindergarten students.   Our students draw with crayons as well.  These two activities, though similar, have something very different to offer children.  Drawing is mostly about creating form.  Beginning with scribbles, children develop through various stages, refining and developing two-dimensional forms with their crayons and paper.  Painting […]

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Respectful Redirection Respectful Redirection
Saturday, January 4, 2014

In Waldorf early childhood classrooms, redirection is a commonly used tool to help classroom life flow smoothly.  It is a kind of art to use redirection respectfully and effectively.  Some parenting philosophies discourage the use of redirection, such as RIE, because they feel that it prevents the child’s feelings from being acknowledged.  Many parents find the […]

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Indoor Activities with Young Children Indoor Activities with Young Children
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

We have been having an abundance of unpleasantly cold and wet weather, making it hard for very young children to get outside for long periods.  Regardless of the weather, children have oodles of energy to expend.  It can be easy to feel overwhelmed as a parent inside all day with energetic young children.  I thought […]

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