30 episodes

This series offers new perspectives and approaches to parenting young children that embraces wholesome ways of living and cultivates mindfulness and presence. Join us on this journey as we explore what it means to nurture young children out of reverence, respect, awe and wonder, joy, warmth, unconditional love, and our essential work on inner development.

We Nurture - A Kimberton Waldorf School Podcast Series Kimberton Waldorf School

    • Parenting

This series offers new perspectives and approaches to parenting young children that embraces wholesome ways of living and cultivates mindfulness and presence. Join us on this journey as we explore what it means to nurture young children out of reverence, respect, awe and wonder, joy, warmth, unconditional love, and our essential work on inner development.

    Stories for Children: Sunday Bread

    Stories for Children: Sunday Bread

    A baker in a village bakes bread and discovers something special about her dough.

    For Ages 2 to 5

    Adapted from the story Sunday Bread by A. Vinnal from the book Spindrift

    To discover more about Rosebud Garden please visit farmhousemanna.com and kimberton.org

    • 8 min
    LifeWays: Discipline with Loving Awareness Part 2

    LifeWays: Discipline with Loving Awareness Part 2

    Many of us, as we become parents, have some idea of how we do NOT want to discipline our children.  Then the children begin to arrive, either as our own children or the children in our care or classrooms, and we may find we are not as certain about what we WILL do when challenging behaviors arise.  Rarely is there one tool that solves all situations.  But one tool does stand at the foundation of all discipline tools that are meaningful and appropriate toward the sacred nature of our children.  That is love.  In the LOVE approach to Discipline with Loving Awareness, Cynthia Aldinger shares eight aspects of child guidance derived from the word LOVE as an acronym.  They are Listening, Laughter/Humor, Order/Clarity, Objectivity, Versatility, Vulnerability, Energy, and Enthusiasm, and each of these topics has a number of tools to consider.  In this conversation with Cynthia, we will hear about a few of these tools and the online course where you can explore more.

    To discover more please visit lifewaysnorthamerica.org and kimberton.org

    Music is Glacier Bells by Daniel Birch.

    • 37 min
    Stories for Children: The Gunny Wolf

    Stories for Children: The Gunny Wolf

    The Gunny Wolf is thought to be an old African American folktale that has been passed down orally.  It is a gentle tale of caution that recounts what a little girl experiences when she does not listen to her mother about staying out of the forest.

    To discover more about Rosebud Garden please visit farmhousemanna.com and kimberton.org

    • 8 min
    LifeWays: Discipline with Loving Awareness Part 1

    LifeWays: Discipline with Loving Awareness Part 1

    Many of us, as we become parents, have some idea of how we do NOT want to discipline our children.  Then the children begin to arrive, either as our own children or the children in our care or classrooms, and we may find we are not as certain about what we WILL do when challenging behaviors arise.  Rarely is there one tool that solves all situations.  But one tool does stand at the foundation of all discipline tools that are meaningful and appropriate toward the sacred nature of our children.  That is love.  In the LOVE approach to Discipline with Loving Awareness, Cynthia Aldinger shares eight aspects of child guidance derived from the word LOVE as an acronym.  They are Listening, Laughter/Humor, Order/Clarity, Objectivity, Versatility, Vulnerability, Energy, and Enthusiasm, and each of these topics has a number of tools to consider.  In this conversation with Cynthia, we will hear about a few of these tools and the online course where you can explore more.



    To discover more please visit lifewaysnorthamerica.org and kimberton.org

    Music is Glacier Bells by Daniel Birch.

    • 46 min
    Stories for Children: Farmer John and His Wife Betty

    Stories for Children: Farmer John and His Wife Betty

    Farmer John and his wife Betty live in a cozy house on top of a green grassy hill.  Every day, they have lots of chores to do and on this particular day Farmer John must take care of all the chores.  Help comes his way when brother wind, fire fairies, and sister rain visit him even though he's fallen fast asleep.

    To discover more about Rosebud Garden please visit farmhousemanna.com and kimberton.org

    • 9 min
    LifeWays: Learning in Nature

    LifeWays: Learning in Nature

    Time in a natural outdoor setting has so many benefits for children: fostering wonder, encouraging natural observation, building resilience and health, nourishing the senses, and promoting relationships. Recent events have led many early childhood professionals and parents to explore the possibilities of offering expanded outdoor opportunities. With the strengthening power of fresh air and the elements of nature, more time outdoors can be an elixir for adults and children! 



    Sign up for the Learning in Nature online course.

     

    Mary O'Connell has been working with the Anthroposophical care of young children for almost 20 years!  In 2002, she opened the very first LifeWays Early Childhood Center in Milwaukee where she served as the director for 13 years. 

    Currently, Mary is the Board president of LifeWays North America, she is the training coordinator for LifeWays' extensive onsite and online programs AND she travels and teaches in some of these programs. Mary has taught teachers, caregivers, and parents all over the U.S. and internationally. 

    In 2010, Mary co-authored Home Away From Home: LifeWays Care of Children and Families with Cynthia Aldinger, and in 2018 she authored Observing Young Children - A Tool for Meaningful Assessment.  Most recently, Mary started a non-profit farm education program at Paradise Farm in West Bend, WI where she and her colleagues provide outdoor, farm-based education to children and adults.

    To discover more please visit lifewaysnorthamerica.org and kimberton.org. 

    Music is Glacier Bells by Daniel Birch.

    • 25 min

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