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Originally Posted by LindaCl
Do you know, does AWSNA have much relationship to early childhood educational centers? I was under the impression that AWSNA handled the elementary and high schools, while another organization, WECAN, concentrated on the early childhood education. Is WECAN a part of AWSNA?
|I think the majority of homeschooling parents, myself included, don't want to associate 100% with ALL of Steiners ideals (many of which are clear products of the culture of his time), but find that many of his ideals were revolutionary, inspiring, and useful. I see it this way, you have to take the inner truth from his works and adapt it to fit today's cultures and attitudes (especially easy to do if you are homeschooling). I'm speaking mainly of the attitudes towards race and breastfeeding which were much different in the 1920s than they are today.|
Originally Posted by Deborah
No, WECAN is a separate organization.
Candace, Married to dh , Mom to ds (8) , Gavin (9/30/10 - 12/19/10) and cautiously expecting our 4-29-12
|ah, I've heard this go round and round in several contexts, but don't think there's much truth to it. In fact, I don't think Steiner ever said anything explicitly about nursing that I've been able to locate.|
|However, what I DID say was that the Anthroposophical Society, which does not stay stagnant in the past, but evolves and interprets their dogma into present-day life, states what you quoted me as saying (in the Safe Haven thread) regarding discouraging breastfeeding.|
|Rudolf Steiner lived in the era before the invention of formula, to the best of my knowledge. So, yes, he certainly couldn't say "zero formula" is appropriate for individuals evolving into "I AM" consciousness..|
It would be more true to say that human breastmilk is more heavenly, more angelic, closer to the Christ than any other form of available nutrition. Human breastmilk, especially from the child's own mother, is the perfect nutrition. I say especially from the child's own mother because of the very close, intense and necessary communication between the being of the child and the being of the mother. The even measurable composition of the mother-baby specific milk varies from nursing to nursing and is dependent upon the communication between these two unique individualities. The baby's individuality, although still largely living in the spiritual world, is communicating with the Mother's individuality, which is also in connection with the spiritual world. It is essential for the development of the child and the development of humanity that this relationship not be disturbed.
|Nutrition with Anne-Marie Fryer Birth—Three Years. We will focus on healthy breast feeding, the introduction of solid foods, self-help issues-sippy cups & high chairs, and toddler eating habits. Three Years—Seven Years. We will discuss the importance of food presentation for young children, and how to establish reverence and ritual at the table.|
|JS: Yes. And then, you see, you’re dealing with the most practical, down to earth things. Steiner didn’t
write much about babies because it was such a natural thing. We have to remember that he was writing
about one hundred years ago. You know, when I think of my mother, it was just something you did! I
haven’t found anything Steiner has written about bringing up babies, but he did write on incarnation and
LM: Can you say more about how we can assist children with incarnation?
JS: Can I start with babies?
LM: Of course.
JS: I think that in order for parents to help the child incarnate, they need to know that the child has more
than one body, for example. It brings you to the most practical things, such as warmth. The ego incarnates
by joining itself to the blood. So the child needs to wear a woollen singlet. One thing about doing infant
welfare centre work in my old age is that in old age you go back to your second childhood. I can’t hold
my body temperature. I have to wear a woollen singlet every day. So warmth is frightfully important for
And, of course, breast feeding and the introduction of food. Breast feeding is much more than the
nutritional value of the milk. Although formula and breast milk have the same amount of protein,
carbohydrate, and so on, formula lacks life. It is the life forces or etheric forces that the baby needs.
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