I talked a little about my experience with doing biographical work at my Foundation Studies course in this post: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2012/09/01/the-work-of-the-biography/ . If you have not done the preliminary work outlined in that post, you may want to start that first and then return here to deepen your work.
Based upon some of the ideas in my course regarding each seven year cycle, I have formulated some open-ended questions for you to answer in order to take a closer look at your own journey. Continue reading
The winters of 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 could be particularly frigid, according to some reports. (Here is one I was looking at: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/combination-of-factors-could-m/36990).
This is also the time of year when many mothers, especially homeschooling mothers, find themselves in the throws of trying to homeschool, bake, cook, craft, make gifts, visit family and travel…and essentially overextend themselves and get sick on top of all the holiday bustle! Many homeschooling mothers I know seem to have long-term health issues that affect their immune systems, which really doesn’t help as well!
One of the first things that I find helpful is to make sure warmth becomes a priority. I love Green Mountain Organics, and I notice they are having a 10 percent off sale on all their warm woolens. http://www.facebook.com/notes/green-mountain-organics/winter-woolen-sale/166623896683512. If you are unfamiliar with the importance of warmth, this back post may be helpful to you: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/12/06/warmth-strength-and-freedom-by-mary-kelly-sutton/
Rest is another huge priority; and I think rest extends even past going to bed every night at a decent hour. I think it also requires Continue reading
I absolutely love the book, “Connecting With Young Children: Educating The Will”, by Master Waldorf Kindergarten teacher Stephen Spitalny. (If you have not read this book, I really think you should. Here is the link for it: http://www.amazon.com/Connecting-With-Young-Children-Educating/dp/1105320820/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351371198&sr=8-1&keywords=connecting+with+young+children+educating+the+will. It is chock full of wonderful thoughts for the self development of the adult, how to guide small children, and yes, how to work with and shape the will forces of the young child.)
Mr. Spitalny begins his book with this paragraph: Continue reading
Movement For Childhood is having an intensive movement conference in Buffalo, NY in June. You can find out more details about this here: http://www.movementforchildhood.com/intensive.htm. As a physical therapist, I am very interested in this conference! Continue reading
I have had a lovely time so far in the second year of my Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy and The Arts. I feel blessed to be there, and I am excited for our homeschooling group since we have one mother who has already completed her Foundation Studies, there are three of us finishing up this year, and two to four mothers planning to start their Foundation Studies in January. That seems a significant number for our smaller homeschool group, and I think speaks to the dedication of the families within our group to an education based upon Steiner’s curriculum.
As a physical therapist, one of the most joyous things I have found Continue reading
I talk to mothers every, every day who are just plain overwhelmed. They are single or their partners travel, they don’t have a community to lean on, their children are small, they are juggling so many things.
And when you are overwhelmed, you constantly feel scattered. Disorganized. Like there is not enough time. Perhaps you feel enmeshed with one particular child and out of balance in dealing with the needs of all of your multiple children.
I can only write these things as I have lived these things. Life is not perfect, and parenting small children is not for the faint of heart.
The place to start, is yourself. You are the key to your own overwhelm! Continue reading
Here are a few upcoming events that could be helpful to some families. Please take what resonates with you.
One is this free teleconference dealing with Rites of Passages for boys and girls: http://www.ritesofpassageevent.com/. The event runs from October 22 through November 2nd if you are interested in signing up.
Melisa Nielsen sent me a note that A Little Garden Flower is running a bootcamp for planning. You can see the link for that program here: http://waldorfessentials.com/blog/2012/10/planning-bootcamp-pass-it-on/
Here is the link to Suzanne Down’s upcoming book, “The Adventures of Old Gnome Through The Year” : http://junipertreepuppets.com/the-adventures-of-old-gnome-and-frog-from-the-log/ I just love Suzanne Down; if you get a chance to take a class with her, just run to see her! You can access her list of what cities she is visiting and more about her puppetry training course on her home page here: http://junipertreepuppets.com/events/
Did I put as much movement as possible into my Main Lesson?
Did I stir a feeling in my child through the pictures, stories and images I presented?
Did my child put forth effort and work, thereby developing his or her own will?
Did we have fun? Did we laugh? Did I hug my child and love them?
Did I teach my child something new? New can also be nuances on an existing subject or theme…
Did I use sleep as an aid to my teaching? Did I keep reviewing what my child needs to review? One time is not enough!
Did my children and I do something practical for the nurturing care of our home?
We must love our children enough to do what is right for them. This includes our own ability to control ourselves, to display our own self-discipline, our own evenness in times of stress, our own self-equilibrium.
Working on your own emotional boundaries is so important. Continue reading
One of the other topics that I have sincerely thought and pondered during this move is that of the overwhelmed mother. Not the mother who is experiencing chronic anger (which I have written about before ), but the mother who is just overwhelmed. Continue reading