A slouchy hat, inspired by one of our favorite fairy tale creatures. Size Preschool, Child, Teen, Adult To Fit Head Circumference 20”, 21”, 22”, 23” Gauge With Size 8 needle (or size needle needed to obtain gauge): 18 stitches = 4 inches 24 rows = 4 inches Materials 2 skeins of Cascade 220 – […]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.
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 […]
Have you noticed the little blue bottles you can buy at health food stores for ear infections, a sprain, or back-pain? They normally list a complaint or two on the bottle and can work quite well for temporarily getting rid of annoying aches, pains, and sniffles. Homeopathy for symptom relief is used routinely by MD’s […]
When I was growing up we had a large grocery sack full of hand-knitted mittens and hats. These were not the mittens and hats we wore to school or out with our friends. Oh no, we were far too cool for that. However, each time we went out to play in the Winter months, these […]More
Summer slips into autumn so quickly. Days stay warm but nights get longer and suddenly the pool and the lake are not quite as warm anymore. Spending the day splashing around shifts to only running in to cool off; time at the beach becomes less about seeing how far we can swim and more about […]
As adults, our lives are filled with chores. Our days are a non-stop stream of childcare and work, always moving from one obligation to the next. We review the past, and we plan ahead. Children, on the other hand, see it all differently. They see what’s right in front of them, right now. They see […]
As we say goodbye to Rhythm of the Home, we look to those who are continuing the work of fostering a love of creativity, natural learning, and family traditions in our community. Liz Sniegocki has been a frequent contributor to ROTH, and last year she began her own set of Nature E-Books for each season. […]More
Here at Rhythm of the Home, we know how important reading is to you and your family. Children are natural lovers of stories, and sharing seasonal books and poems with them can create traditions that can be passed down for generations. A few of our readers recently shared their favorite holiday reads with us, and […]
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 […]
When we are little ones, basking in the glow of imagination and play, we dream of becoming something extraordinary. If we are lucky, we are read books and told stories with wild adventures, exotic travels, and magical endings. We find ourselves dreaming of becoming the astronaut, the teacher, or perhaps even, the storyteller themselves. For […]More
Four years ago, this past August, I got together with one of my best friends. It was a normal day. Bernadette and I were going to eat soup and cheese, drink wine, and chat for a few hours while the kids played. It was a day like so many others we had enjoyed in the […]
Fall is here and another school year is underway. I’m grateful for the difference I feel when I compare this year to last. Last year my 2 ½ year old son, Jonah, declared he was ready to start going to preschool three mornings a week and although it felt too soon to me, he wanted […]