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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


THE SOUL OF DISCIPLINE COURSE

 

Tuesday evenings

February 23, March 1 & 8

7:00-9:00pm

Parent and Child Room (Lower School Building)
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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

7:00-9:00pm

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 mduijneveld@gmws.org

 

A minimum of 8 people is required for each class.

 

 

Parent & Child toddler class begins January 8

Special opportunity!

Parent & Child toddler class (for ages 2-3, Fridays beginning January 8) opening now to younger children. Please contact Early Childhood Admissions Coordinator Barbara Mann for details: 845.356.2514 x326. More details here.

Sheep to Slippers Begins July 27!

Sheep to Slippers: children make their own beautiful wool slippers

Weeks of July 27 and August 3 (two-week program)

9:00am to 2:00pm

Support your child’s creativity through this two-week summer offering! Children will explore the magical nature of wool, our gift from the sheep, as they design and felt their very own wool slippers. Days will be spent washing and carding wool, collecting flowers and cutting vegetables to create dye baths, and observing the transformation of the fibers into a beautiful rainbow of natural hues. Each child will design and fashion an individual pair of felted wool slippers, and by the end of the two weeks everyone will have their own pair, hand-made to fit their own feet.

In addition, there will be ample time for circle, story, and puppet plays, as well as walks along our many acres of beautiful wooded trails and romps through the sprinkler in the play yard.

Children will enjoy healthy organic snacks made at Green Meadow and bring a picnic lunch from home each day.

This offering is led by Early Childhood Educator Nell Rowland and takes place at the Green Meadow Waldorf School Kindergarten Building. For more information or to register, please email Mrs. Rowland at nrowland@gmws.org. $750 for two-week program, includes snacks and all materials.

Above photos by GMWS parent Dyana Van Campen.

A Strong Trust in Children's Abilities

This piece from The Washington Post is worth reading. Our favorite quote: "I also believe that competence can only be gained through experience; therefore, allowing our children to take risks will actually make them safer. Behind this philosophy is a strong trust in children’s abilities in general; I often feel that we don’t give children enough credit in this area."

A Taste of Storytelling on April 19

Green Meadow is proud to be co-sponsoring the Rockland Storytelling Festival this coming November. A key fundraiser for the event is coming up this Sunday, April 19A Taste of Storytelling at Union Restaurant and Bar Latino in Haverstraw will feature great food and great stories. Join us at the event!

Valentine's Day Craft

Share the love with our fine feathered friends this Valentine's Day! Thanks to our Kindergarten for sharing the directions and photos for this sweet birdseed valentine.

1. Combine the following ingredients:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup boiling water
1 packet unflavored gelatin
3 tbs corn syrup

Mix. Then stir in 4 cups of birdseed.


2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay out your molds.

3. Spray the inside of your molds (we used heart shaped cookie cutters!) with vegetable oil.


4. Fill the molds with the birdseed mixture, poke a straw where you would like a hole to be, and allow to set.


5. Release the birdseed cakes, add a string, and affix to a spot outside for the birds to enjoy!


Posted by mmcdonagh in creativity, play, family, wonder, Early Childhood on Wednesday February 11, 2015 at 04:02PM
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Tonight! Community Forum for East Ramapo

Please join us for an important Community Forum for East Ramapo tonight from 7-9pm in the Arts Building. A student-led forum for all East Ramapo high-school students will take place alongside a separate facilitated conversation for adults. The event is open to all and we expect well over 100 students and many adults to be with us tonight for this important conversation.

For some context on the situation in our school district, listen to this piece from This American Life.

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