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I'm still very new to Waldorf and I need help getting my 2 yo DD and my 3.5 yo DS to start playing independently. The 3.5 yo is starting to play by himself a little bit more then he used to but still asks me to play wtih him a lot and on the weekends needs his daddy to play with him constantly. And my 2 yo needs/wants my attention constantly! I have read briefly about this but don't know how to go about making a change. I will say that I haven't been able to turn the TV on completely and am afraid that this might have something to do with it. Any ideas or suggestions or book recommendations dealing with this would be much appreciated. Thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Well, my nearly 4 yo will not play independently and we've been following Waldorf since she was 1.5 years old. I think some kids just have a harder time with this than others. What works for us is having a set block of time for play together and then set times where I work and dd either helps out or does things nearby (like sing, read books, or just entertain herself--not really play, though). I know other moms who have "forced" the issue with timers, with constant refusal to play, etc., but this just isn't my cup of tea. I actually enjoy playing so I'm okay with that and I don't agree with the blanket statement in Waldorf that parents inhibit creative play. I think they can but that it's not a sure thing each time. Sometimes I give prompts when dd seems "stuck" but in general she leads and I follow and cooperate. We both love this quality time together (and she also likes helping with my housework).
 

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Remember, the hallmark of the under 7 child is imitation, so if there are no older children to imitate you may very well have to set up play scenes and give them some ideas to start. They can also imitate the work they see you do, Steiner felt a child seeing even 15 minutes of work was wonderful!
 
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