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January 17, 2005

Our Invisible Helpers

[This article by Cynthia Aldinger on our invisible helpers with housework and gardening, the elemental beings, was first printed in This is the Way We Wash-A-Day of the Children's Songbook series, published by Naturally You Can Sing Productions.]

Have you ever noticed the uplifting feeling that comes after you have prepared a meal from scratch, even though you felt you did not have the time to do it? Or that good feeling that comes after a room or porch has been swept, mopped or vacuumed, after a place has been dusted, after the bed has been made or a room tidied? What is that feeling? One could say it is a sense of satisfaction for a job well done. However, one can feel it even when someone else has done the work. That sense of fresh orderliness is like a breath of fresh air for whoever enters the space.

Likely, there are multiple reasons for such feelings. Could one of them be that the activity involved in maintaining a physical space brings about a qualitative change in the mood of the space? If so, how?

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March 3, 2005

Housework, Part I

Housework Part I: Confessions of a Waldorf Mom
by Esther Leisher

This collection of ideas about housework and Waldorf parenting got started when Nikki Stephens asked Esther Leisher what she had done about housework when her children were young. It will appear here in several parts. You can get to know Esther better by reading in the category "About the Authors."

We would be delighted if you would add your own ideas, your own experiences in the "Comments" section at the end of each article. You are busy at the most important job in the world--parenting--and have a wealth of wisdom to share.

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March 4, 2005

Housework, Part II

Housework, Part II: The Kids Get Older
by Esther Leisher

This collection of ideas about housework and Waldorf parenting got started when Nikki Stephens asked Esther Leisher what she had done about housework when her children were young (she has four grown children, two older ones and tw that were much younger; she homeschooled the younger two using Waldorf methods. It will appear here in several parts. You can get to know Esther better by reading in the category "About the Authors."

We would be delighted if you would add your own ideas and experiences in the "Comments" section at the end of each article. You are busy at the most important job in the world--parenting--and have a wealth of wisdom to share.

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March 19, 2005

Housework, Part III

Housework, Part III-Picking Up Toys and Having Time Off
By Esther Leisher

What about picking up toys or keeping their rooms clean? I would say, again, that people are more important than things. I very much like to have the house in order--as long as it benefits all of us. If I feel resentful or they feel nagged, then somewhere I lost perspective, or the imagination to find better ways of doing things. Children will help you pick things up when they are small if you make it rhythmical or imaginative. Sing as you pick up toys: "This lives in the little basket. This lives on the shelf." Or "I'm giving the shelf back its toys." Or "The car wants to go to its home." Children love movement and rhythm and imagination.

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November 3, 2012

Balancing Family and Work

Having it all article.jpgAnne-Marie Slaughter resigned from the third highest position in the State Department in order to be home with her teenage sons. This thought provoking article she wrote for The Atlantic Monthly, entitled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" should be read by both men and women alike!  She's also followed it up with, "Work-Life Balance as a Men's Issue, Too." I'd love to discuss them with you over tea!