As a Waldorf-inspired homeschooling mama, I am often thinking about the rhythm of our days. Balancing active, outward activities with more quiet, contained, “in-breaths” to craft a rhythm that doesn’t feel forced, flows organically, and supports our family culture can feel challenging at times. After reading, reflecting, discussing, and brainstorming on this topic, I began […]More
Welcome to the Holiday edition of Rhythm of the Home
As the cooler weather is upon us, and the holidays are fast approaching, we hope that you will find joy in the pages of this edition of Rhythm of the Home. The holiday season is one of magic, on so many levels, and a true opportunity to bring our families, our friends, and our communities together. This edition is filled with many reflections, crafts, and recipes that we hope will become holiday traditions and seasonal joy in all of your households for years to come. As always, our contributors poured their hearts into this edition, and we are blessed to have so many amazing writers, artists, creators and parents joining us once again.
This edition is our 16th, and it is one we cherish so very much, for it is also our last. The holidays are where we began, and so we felt that it would be a fitting season to end. Saying goodbye is never easy, but this goodbye feels particularly hard. Rhythm of the Home has been so much a part of our lives these last four years, and we have loved every minute. We hope that you will take the time to read our farewell letter, as we put into words just how much this incredible community means to us. .
From our family to yours. Thank you, Happy Holidays, and Many Blessings.
Sewing is one of those things I wish I could go back and learn when my mother and I still lived under the same roof. I wish I had listened when she said one day, when I had little ones, I would wish I knew how to sew. Twenty years later, and I’m moving slowly […]
In the modern era of too much too fast, our great challenge as parents is finding ways to slow down. When my first child was a baby, it seemed so easy to control the flow of stuff. I made bold statements that we would only ever allow character-free, wood, lead-free toys in our home. We […]
“Play is the mechanism by which children learn— how they experience their world, practice new skills, and internalize new ideas— and is therefore the essential “work of children”. – Dr. Vivian Paley from her book, “A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play” “Through play, children learn about the world and engage in activities […]More
I love living in a place that has four seasons. Making our home as far north as we do, we experience six months of cold weather each year. If we are lucky we’ll have snow for four or five of them. Many of the people I know would be aghast to read that statement. Lucky […]
Wintertime has always been a time of drawing inward for me. Emotionally and physically. I grew up in a beach town and spent most of my days outside except during the winter. The shift was a drastic one for me each year and I found myself slowing down and resting. Winter is a time of […]
I try not to put words in my children’s mouths, try to be patient and give them ample time to speak their truths. I try hard not to ask a question, wait just a few seconds and then answer for them. As a teacher I’ve learned the importance of wait time. Silence does not mean […]More
We talk a lot about separation anxiety in regards to children, but what about the same for parents? When our son was a toddler and showing signs that he was ready to move from our bed into a little space of his own, I found the change rather difficult. We see a lot of literature […]
This Free wintertime Story is from the popular Martin & Sylvia Series! This story celebrates the quiet moments during the holiday season, when you have space to bring your own delight and creativity to the day. Looking for Delight In the middle of a very busy, rich, full and exciting holiday season, Martin and Sylvia […]
For the past several years, at the end of each year, I have picked a word I want to focus my energy and attitude toward for the year ahead. A year ago, on a date night for our anniversary, my husband and I were chatting about this and I suggested perhaps we should choose a […]More
When Claude Monet was 80 years old, a Parisian photographer was keen on taking photos of him. Monet said to him: “If you really want to know me, take photos of my flowers, they look more like me than I do.” Recently, I have been thinking about this interaction. Are there things in one’s life […]
Because our culture and media typically portray love as two dimensional, the first months of romance or the fervent struggle to re-gain lost love, we are left with a hazy picture of how a healthy long-term relationship can look. We also may not always have had the best examples from relatives or friends. Handling […]