Learning to Walk

Yesterday my son learned to walk.

That is to say that he walked across the room to me without falling to his knees and crawling the rest of the way. It is a skill he has been working on for the past few weeks. He took his first “step” about a month ago and has been averaging 3 or 4 here and there until yesterday when he walked several times to his destination. A milestone for certain in his development.

Last night he woke around midnight and cried for half an hour straight. Waking in sobs, refusing to nurse, nothing I did would console him. Eventually I lit a candle which seemed to calm him down and gave him a carrot to chew on this seemed to help ground him and he eventually settled back into a fitful sleep in which he cried all night long. My son is 13 months old and has always been an avid nurser. In fact before last night I can’t think of a single time he refused to nurse when he was in distress.

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Child Development from the Perspective of Anthroposophy

Child Development from the Perspective of Anthroposophy

“The three stages in the child’s development are usually not granted enough importance, yet they more or less determine the whole manner in which the child can become a human being inhabiting the Earth”

~ Rudolf Steiner
Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy 2

Steiner presents to us the idea of seven-year periods of child development, the well known early years, the years between the change of teeth and puberty and the years of adolescence. He taught in his lectures that each of these phases of development must be completed before the next one is awakened if we are to build a strong foundation for our children’s capacities.

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The Kingdom of Childhood

One of the things I have learned in my life is that I build strong connections and associations to information I take in while I am doing a simple task with my hands. The strongest example of this I have is that I learn new songs while I wash dishes and chop vegetables. I copy out lyrics by hand and then tack them near my kitchen sink where I can easily glance up at them until I learn them by heart. Read more