March is about rebirth! Maybe you're new to Waldorf and want to rid yourself of plastic junk toys or decrease screen time. Perhaps you're a new mom and you're struggling with this new identity that happens almost instantly. Maybe you've found this tribe because you're seeking some guidance as you parent older kids and are wondering daily what the hell happened to that sweet, toothless blob of love that didn't have an attitude or an opinion yet. Regardless why you're here- we're glad you're here.
Nature is one of our greatest teachers. We can learn a lot from observing plants, animals, even fungi (or fun-guy). Snakes molt their skin, birds molt their feathers, leaves fall every autumn...throughout nature we can observe a shedding process, but somehow as humans we pretend shedding or molting doesn't exist for our kind. It does and it should. We are in a constant state of evolution as humans, both physically and emotionally. Life provides a series of pivotal moments where we have choices to make and action to take. How we respond says something about who we are and how evolved we are. Talking in a movie theater? That person is in a rookie year and not far along, LOL. Having enough self-awareness to recognize there are parts of you to let go of and leave behind the way a snake escapes old skin is the first step to a deeper, more evolved YOU.
1). Make a note of things you say about yourself to others. Is it positive or begative? Even if you're joking, speaking negatively about yourself puts a negative vibe out there to the other person- about you! See if you can rewrite how you answer questions about yourself, tell your story, and describe yourself to others. Focus on your strengths!
2) What's your struggle as a parent? Ask yourself if the problem is the child or is it something YOU could do better as a parent. Its important we adjust to the child's needs and allow a natural unfolding and development rather than project our hopes and expectations on them.
Read "The Magical Child" and join us in April for book club if you're local or tune in to the podcast for discussion highlights.
"Simplicity Parenting" is what I'm reading now and loving it!
Dye eggs using natural dyes from foods. Boil cabbage for purple, carrots for orange, blueberries for blue!
Take a nature walk and make note of the changes you see occuring as winter melts into spring.
Read Cozy by Jan Brett or Ollie's Ski Trip by Elsa Beskow and draw pictures of arctic places. Then, read Flower Garden or Hedgies Surprise and draw pictures of spring. Discuss the differences.
Build a nature table mid-month and collect things from outside to decorate it.
Carve and sand a wooden spoon
Waldorf Toys to add to your collection this spring:
Grimms wooden flower
Butterfly or Dragon wings from Hearthsong
Stockmar modeling beeswax
Grimm's stackable rainbow
When you're attempting to make positive changes in your life its inevitable that someone, or many someones, in your inner circle will try to sabotage your progress. Cut down on time spent with these people or cut them out entirely. If that's not an option, prepare yourself for their negative energy, comebacks, and snarky responses so you'll be armed when the time comes.
Remake yourself! Declutter your home! Read something new! Try a new craft! Take on that DIY you've have pinned for years! Spring into spring with some mutha fuckin' bounce, yo!!
Haha! Be well, Chelsea