:: Waldorf family ::

Create a Waldorf Family Life

    ~  illustration by Susan Branch
Get rid of the televisions, video games, and limit screen access until age twelve. 
Go outside and play every day, year round.
Eat your food whole.
Hug every day.
Be open to what the little ones will teach you.
Be the firm and loving authority.
Make it yourself, and if you don't know how, learn.

Darn sweaters and socks. Mend clothing.
Tell stories and play games. A lot.
Think about how your things speak to you.
Keep the voices calm, quiet, and as natural as possible.
“Do not worry that your children never listen to you, worry that they are always watching you.” ~ Robert Fulgum
Meditate or do some form of inner work daily.
Rid yourself of anything that has not been touched in over a month. 

Borrow what you don't own, share what you have.
Make do with what you have.
Sing and share lovely verses for important days and every day. 
Create rituals around bedtime, light a candle, sing lullabies and pray to the guardian angels.
Hold back intellectual concepts from under 7 as they are in the motor centre still.
Try and keep a dreamlike quality in everything you do.
Slow down and take time

Establish rhythm, use repetition, foster gratitude, reverence, awe and wonder. 
Create a beautiful and harmonious environment.
Honor the need for time and space.
Sing through the day.
Have conversations with the spiritual world.
Remember the elemental beings.
Be authentic in what you do and say .
Involve the children in household tasks in all areas of domestic work from a very young age. 
Active learning - learning by doing, by observing, by making, by experiencing.
Make things from scratch, let the kids be involved and observe the TIME and love necessary to create something beautiful and lasting, soup, bread, cream, butter...
Create gardens, meals, tree forts, gifts, art.... 

Eat seasonal food, sourced locally or home grown when possible.
When you introduce movies, choose carefully and watch together with popcorn.
Work on ones self (meaning the parent)

Build Community. You don't have to go it alone. 


This list came out of a thread on Marsha Johnson's yahoo discussion group waldorfhomeeducators in which members discussed what it looked like to be a Waldorf family. I think it's a nice reminder and validation that many others are striving along with us to create a healthy home life for our children and each other. 

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