Don’t get me wrong, I like computers. I love writing and researching and my computer is a wonderful tool and means to do this.
However, I have been thinking a lot about the generally addictive nature of the computer in relation to Waldorf. Part of the issue with Waldorf Education is to put in rhythm and times of in-breath and out-breath for our small children so they can develop balance and health. Mothers sometimes talk to me about their little people who would be happy to do nothing but look at books all day or color all day or what have you. This goes back to YOU, the mother, being the one to set the tone in your home by having times for those types of activities and times we don’t do those activities. It takes effort to provide a rhythm, but what a wonderful payback for the effort invested!
So, now let’s jump ahead to us, the adults in the family. There was an article in my newspaper this weekend about folks being addicted to Facebook, and it made me think about my own computer habits. Stop for a moment and think about your own computer habits.
How many times a day do you check email?
Do you wake up in the middle of the night and want to go check email or Facebook?
Can you turn your computer off at 8 PM and be done for the night or does the computer keep beckoning to you to come and look at something else on it?
Interesting questions, aren’t they? One thing many people are doing is taking time away from the computer – whether that is one day a week without turning the computer on or if that means closing down the computer at a certain time every night – that is up to them.
If we want our children to achieve balance in their adulthood, the best thing we can do is to model this for them in our own lives. In addition, if we follow the thought of having times of in-breath and out-breath in our own homes in order to bring rhythmical qualities to our children so they can then take over these forms themselves, we are doing them a huge favor toward health.
Food for thought today,