I love love love many concepts of Waldorf.
Some day I would like to open up a Waldorf inspired daycare.
At the same time, I do not like any form extremism, and Waldorf is calling for those extremes. That's my only problem with it. Examples:
1. I don't believe that all tv is bad
. Since very early on I watched National Geographic, and always loved it, it took me to magical places with Cousteau and Goodall. Yet, my imagination is quite intact, I love books, I knit, I sew, and love to paint. That tells me that television is not all that bad as it is made out to be (if I don't allow my kids to watch ANY television - I am not teaching them appropriate time management skills, and what is good vs. what is bad about television, as well as eliminating a learning tool). I'd rather watch it together a little bit, than not to watch any at all. Internet is no better, and look at us sitting here discussing intelligent topics! So both should be limited and supervised, instead of eliminated from the household, imho.
2. Not all plastic toys are bad
(although I am myself all for concentrating on wooden toys, and declattering, but there are a few toys that I have come across that are made from plastic and carry an incredible educational value, such as an model of an eye for instance, that was quite a find for my 6 y.o. nephew).
3. I also don't like to be looked down upon
by Waldorf community and having people shake their heads "oh, you have Little Mermaid DVD?... Ts ts ts...."Yes I do, and I LOVE it. Yes, I read the real Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, and the real Little Mermaid, and of course nothing compares to the real story in my mind (I actually expected to see her turn into waves the first time I watched Disney version). At the same time, you betcha my kids will read the originals, and it doesn't turn them evil, money hungry, aggressive, uncaring, uncreative human beings because they will watch and enjoy a Disney movie... So why all the head-shaking from Waldorfians?.. If my kids are creative, polite, and love reading, what are you shaking your head for when I show you a shelf with my Disney movies?..
So there, to sum it up: I don't like extremes,
while I enjoy simplistic lifestyle with a lot of imaginative play, and baking, and sewing, and reading.
Sometimes, I think Waldorf supporters look down
on something just because many other people like it. In my opinion, it is just as bad as buying into
something just because many other people like it.
Being yourself is standing up for what you enjoy whether the crowd likes it or shuns it.