Screen Time and the Teenage Brain

This piece takes a look at screen time and the teenage brain, profiled in the new documentary Screenagers, which we plan to show in the fall at GMWS.

Tomorrow Night! Dr. Sharon Maxwell on Talking with Young People about Sex and Sexuality

Tomorrow night, don't miss our final Community Education event of the year.

Dr. Sharon Maxwell is the author of The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear from You about Sex and a well-known speaker throughout the US.

Free and open to the public, the event will run from 7:30-9pm in the Arts Building Music Room.

Meadowlark Toys and Subridge Books will also be here, selling Dr. Maxwell's book & other books designed to help parents navigate this topic. 


The Parent-Child Bond


This excerpt from The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-ups by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD, looks at the importance of unconditional, loving parental authority in children's lives. Waldorf Education has always supported the primacy of family life, and worked to nurture the bond between parents and children. 

One quote we love: 

"Consider an acorn. Its strong shell prevents it from growing until the time is right. If you break open the shell too early, you don’t stimulate the growth of a new tree. You just have a dead acorn. As with the acorn, the key to healthy child development is to do the right thing at the right time. Neufeld makes a strong case that the wrong attachment style in childhood and adolescence results in the wrong attachment style in early adulthood. Throughout childhood and adolescence, the primary attachment of a child should be to the parent. If a child has a strong primary attachment to a parent from infancy through adolescence, then when the child becomes an adult, that bond will break naturally, as an acorn breaks open naturally at the right time so that a new tree can grow. Such a child, once she becomes an adult, is ready to head out confidently into the world as an independent young adult."

The Soul of Discipline Course starts February 23



Tuesday evenings

February 23, March 1 & 8


Parent and Child Room (Lower School Building)
or parents of toddlers to teens



Join us at Green Meadow Waldorf School as we join forces with the Soul of Discipline for our three-evening course


The Soul of Discipline Course provides the Simplicity Parenting approach to warm, firm, and calm guidance. It offers practical tools and skills to last a lifetime, helping parents implement discipline that’s respectful and effective.


Together with other parents, you will learn a loving way of providing limits and boundaries that will give your child a feeling of safety, trust, and orientation. 


There will be inspiring discussions, sharing of both wonderful and difficult situations at home, exercises to deepen your understanding of discipline, and planning and implementing small, doable changes.


This course is for parents who are looking for long-term skills to work with children’s challenging or defiant behavior.


Based on the groundbreaking book The Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance- From Toddlers to Teens, by parenting expert (and acclaimed author of the bestselling book Simplicity Parenting) Kim John Payne, M.Ed.


Led by: Marieke Duijneveld, certified Parenting Coach and Waldorf Teacher, working as our Parent & Child Teacher and leading Simplicity Parenting and Discipline Courses for several years.



When:   Tuesday evenings February 23, March 1 & 8


Where:   Parent and Child Room (Lower School Building)

Costs:   $135/person, $225/two family members (can include au pair), includes material

To Register: contact Marieke Duijneveld at


A minimum of 8 people is required for each class.



The Indefatigable PolyGnomes

Our Robotics Team, the indefatigable PolyGnomes, has worked incredibly hard this year and has advanced to the FTC World Championships in St. Louis. They leave on April 21 to compete for three days against the best teams in the world, and they are the only Waldorf school participating at this level, in this championship.

We hope you will consider helping to fund their trip, in honor of their tremendous efforts and their strong spirit.

This video shows you what their robot, #28, can do.

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