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 […]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.
If I tell people that I don’t make my children clean their rooms, they often look at me like I’m a little nuts. And I will be the first to admit that no spot in our home is perfect. (We have as many random socks, toppling book stacks and art explosions as the next family.) […]
It’s been a long day. One of those days. Mama’s temper is short, Daddy’s been at work for many long hours, and the kids, Little Girl and Baby Boy, are quite put out. There’s a schism where our family unity and rhythm used to be and no one is sure what they can say to […]
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 […]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 […]
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 […]
Celebrating the season’s festivals is one of the most beautiful aspects to Waldorf education, and a favorite with children as well. Here is our collection of the many of the season’s festivals (for 2011), and a few resources to help make each a cherished tradition for years to come. :::::::::::: Autumn Halloween :: October […]More
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. […]
“How does it feel to be …?” is the question I ask my children on their birthdays. Their response is almost always the same. Despite being children who are articulate about their feelings, they tell me: “It doesn’t feel any different.” But when my eldest child turned 13 this year, I knew it was different. […]
Joanna Johnson is one of those women who has a quiet soul, and a fierce mind. Meeting her in person, you would swear you knew her for years, as she is easy to fall into a conversation with over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Joanna’s work has been beloved by many […]More
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 […]
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 […]