As I have evolved as a parent, it is with Waldorf that I have found the most inner beauty of myself. My friend recently said to me "you parent with such passion, the way you did as a wedding planner." I thought to myself, yes, that is true. When I have passion for something, I fully embrace it. I have always been one to be passionate: be it about saving whales when I was younger, to wedding planning as an adult, or how to parent my children. I believe that the most important thing, above any Education philosophy, is how you parent. That we, as parents, have to evolve, always learn and to always be available to our children. I am just lucky that there is also an Education philosophy that helps further my love of my children.
My true passion for Waldorf started when I moved to Ashland. My son was 2 and I was pregnant with our next. Our life here was shaping up and I started to meet more and more people associated with Waldorf. My love for making things continued and blossomed into a little bit of work. I worked very hard on our family rhythm and preparing my son for the baby that would be entering into our family. My husband and I decided early on that I would remain at home with our children. That I would be their main source of love, security, and up bringing for the crucial years of birth to 7. We let our materialistic selves come to peace with a one income household. We adjusted our lives to make certain that I was always able to stay home.
Since my son was 3 (he's now 5 1/2) I have continued and expanded on my love for Waldorf and Rudolf Steiner. I spend my evenings reading and learning more about his philosophies. From Education to Bio-Dynamic farming, to Anthroposophy. No. I am not attending school to study because my children are so young, but I try to consume as much as I can from literature, teachers, elders, and the like. I attend every conference near to here and am setting forth on a slow mission to become a Certified Early Childhood Waldorf educator. The one thing I love is being present with my children. To paint with them, to build with them, to bake with them, to be with them.
I have seen what this form of Education can provide. My two sons are very gentle beings. They have extreme concentration and a real love for nature. They are full of wonder. They are well mannered, well spoken, and well behaved. They have extensive imaginations. They have self discipline and full hearts. They are empathetic and lovely. They are a direct product of having Waldorf in the home and I couldn't be more proud or happier.
I have been so lucky to have gotten a very small job at the Siskiyou School. I am doing the after school program and two days in and I am so happy. To walk in through the doors of a school that I am so happy to be a part of, it feels like my life is on the exact path it needs to be. Surrounding myself with individuals that value educating the whole child; hand, heart, and head! To meet them, to talk to them, and get to know them is only furthering my passion for this philosophy.
Such a small bit about my experiences thus far. A mother's perspective. I only hope they grow to value education, value each other and themselves.