I enjoyed reading this article last night about Waldorf principles where Barbara Dewey, had this message to us,
“Rudolf Steiner indicated that the young child needs to be regarded as a spiritual being in a newly acquired physical body on which the spirit of the child must work, as an artist, to form into the body that is needed to carry out her individual destiny. The parent (or teacher) cannot know exactly what that life’s destiny is, but can only provide the environment and the materials for the artist to work”.
She also elaborates on not feeling like we have to play and engage our children all day long, but incorporate them into our daily lives, coming along with you and helping with the cooking, cleaning, laundry.
Now I can’t get Ems to put her clothes in the hamper or flush the toilet every time she leaves the bathroom and let’s just not talk about the whirlwind I call BooBoo. But I do know this. My kids love cooking and baking with me. They crack eggs, they stir batter, they cut fruit (with dull knives). They like to help me sort laundry and we have a very nice game of seeing who can pull all their underwear out of the laundry basket first or pair up the most socks. BooBoo, unlike me, was born a gifted housecleaner and loves nothing more than to sweep, scrub and do dishes when given free reign to do so. Last night she cleaned the toilet with wipes while getting ready for bed.
It’s all about the right time and place. When she’s tired and ready for sleep is not the time to ask Boo to clean up the multitude of baby items (cradle, blankets, clothes, bottles, bath) she has spread about the living room and don’t even try to ask Em’s to do anything after school until she’s had a snack. But sometimes when the mood is right, they can become the busiest beavers in the house.
Some battles I will never win. The toilet flushing, the dirty clothes on the floor is a constant battle, along with the put one thing away before you get out another, but heck, I have that same problem. Notice I haven’t shown you my sewing area and the twelve projects I am working on at once.
Now I just have to get us on a schedule. The second part I’m learning about as I continue my Waldorf journey, rhythms of the days, and the comfort of knowing, this is what comes next and, oh yes, that feels familiar and just right.