After the exhilaration of starting out, there often comes a lull. The voice of the critic starts to creep back in once your initial voice of inspiration has quieted down a little: “You might be doing creative things,” it whispers, “But so what! It isn’t like you’re actually any good, is it? Look at those […]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 […]
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 […]
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 […]More
“All Aboard the Train please! More more All Aboard the Train PLEEASE!” come the cries from the backseat. Our two-year-olds are waving their hands, bouncing, and crying out for their favorite song one more time. My husband rolls his eyes and looks at me to ask if he should play it again. I silently curse […]
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 […]
Halloween is right around the corner and I expect our party of trick or treaters will look much like it did on our first candy hunt three years ago. Our daughter will be in the lead, my husband will stay at her heels, camera in hand, and my parents — all three of them, and […]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 […]
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 […]
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 […]More
The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years Day carry a special tension that is unique to the festival year. At no other time is the heightened expectation, intensity of schedule, diversity of imagery, depths of emotion and tightness of stress – all happening at once. I am often amazed at how I can marvel at […]
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 […]