As with all the traditional new years resolutions and cleaning out of the house, I find myself in a place of shifting perspectives. The children came back to school from the winter holiday, different. Not only taller and more capable, but different in their souls. We had the unfortunate pleasure of the flu taking over our house for a solid week, high fever for 4-5 days straight! A burning off of all the details and only the core building blocks of the body left to put things back together. E and P lost the weight of being a little younger and gained the perspective of getting older. P said to me the other day, “Mommy, sometimes I like being a baby and sometimes I want to be a big girl.” The fever of babyhood transforming into the sturdiness of growing up. I feel challenged to give them more at this time, them being all the children. They waft in and out of this new confidence, throwing a fit one day and asking for the world the next. So the task becomes what to bring them. I recently came across this quote by Steiner and it seems to fit.
“We are often particularly gratified if we can teach a child something that he can reproduce in the same form several years later. But, this is just as though we were to have a pair of shoes made for a child of three and expect him to wear them when he is ten. In reality our task is to give the child living flexible ideas which can grow in his soul. We must ourselves partake in the the inward activities of the child’s soul, and we must count it a joy to give him something that is inwardly flexible and elastic; and just as he grows with his physical limbs so he can grow up with these ideas, feelings and impulses, and in a short time he himself can make something else out of what we have given him.”
We will discuss more about this shift in perspective and how to bring elastic ideas to our children at a upcoming parent evening. As our children shift so do we. I know this is a time many of us are shifting perspectives and burning through the old to make space for the new. H is sick with pnemonia and can use some extra support. Please see the board area for a meal sign-up sheet for this week and next. Thanks!
Our next parent evening will be Feb. 1, 2011 at 7:30p.m.
Valentine’s Tea Mon. Feb. 14, 2011 9 – 10a.m. All are welcome!
No school Feb. 21 – 24, 2011 – Annual Teachers Conference
Happy January to you all!
P.S. Happy Birthday to Jace (1/13), Dylan (1/2), Aubri (2/1) & Rio (2/14)!