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splashnw, thank you for your thoughts. I must admit that I was looking for a bit less of a didactic response. We are happy being waldorf "inspired" and have no desire to change that. I'm aware of Steiner's teachings...I just don't always agree with them.
Perhaps I wasn't clear enough in my original post. I'm just looking for people's thoughts on how the waldorf experience is different for boys and how they deal with that within their families. I wanted to be clear at the beginning that we are waldorf inspired so that it was understood that I was looking at things through that perspective. As I was trying to explain, a lot of the waldorf traditions that we use now (such as a birthday ring, etc) I just don't see as being long-lasting for my boys, unfortunately, as they have been for my daughter. I hope that helps explain my musings better. Perhaps I should have posted this on the waldorf-inspired thread instead of on the open forum.
Yesterday we were driving in the car and I noticed that how I throw bits of fantasy into our everyday lives is different with a boy. For instance, with my dd, it was all soft and fairyish. With my son who is 4, I wanted him to eat his lunch yesterday so I told him it was unicorn meat and made up a song : "Please don't eat the unicorn meat.....I love unicorns they're really neat." He dove right in with a gleeful look on his face and ate his lunch.
My dd would have been horrified.
I felt some shame, but .....it worked.
Sometimes we accidentally run over gnomes with the car too. If we hit a bump and he's being fussy I might yell "Omg....was that a gnome?!
Yep. There goes his hat."
We're waldorf inspired.
Married to my best friend, mama to two boys (12/5/07, 2/12/10) and a sweet little girl (5/2/13).
he talked about weekly and daily rhythms. he talked about infusing one's life with an everyday mindfulness of the sacred mundane.
None of this requires play silks, wooden toys, aprons, hats, certain religious holidays, birthday rings, wool felting crafts coming out your ears, and so on.
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