Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Simplicity Parenting takes inspiration from many Waldorf principles but is not wholly limited to them.
I found the book really helped echo and consolidate many of my own thoughts on establishing a rhythmic, connected, calm and centered home environment for children to grow and learn naturally in.
The kind of environment that just inspires their true, joyful selves to flourish.
It also helped me see more clearly how essentially, the atmosphere of a home emanates from me the parent.
Truly, the greatest gift I can give my children is a peaceful, joyful, grateful, happy mother.
From my own central source of fulfilment and peace I can effectively feed, nourish and satisfy them.
When my heart is still and satisfied, their hearts will be to.
Children are like little mirrors.
They reflect the needs and states of those around them.
I need never feel guilty about taking time to feed my own creativity, peace and joy.
In the end my happiness is a gift to them as much as it is to me.
I want them to remember a smiling Mama. Even on days when life got a little topsy turvy.
It is really amazing how well children respond to the reduction in "noise" within a home.
I have found that when we stick to doing one or two things properly in a day with a sense of un-rushed purpose, taking time for snacks, rests, stories and play, the children just soak their experiences up.
They enter into the experiences of learning at a deeper level and are able to process them better than when we rush around trying to fit in a hundred superficial "projects".
Noise can mean so many things can't it.
Too much stimulation, too much choice, too much being "talked to" instead of listened to.
Simplicity is healthful for parents and children alike.
When life is simple it is content.
Each moment is lived fully and fully lived.