243 episodes

Who are we? I’m Melisa! A mom of five children with only two left at home. I’ve been a wife, an ex-wife and a wife again. Two of my children have spectrum struggles. My oldest has ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and my youngest has SPD (sensory processing disorder). NEVER a dull moment in the Nielsen house. I am a stroke survivor and I love my life. I love to watercolor paint, knit and embroider and have a quiet afternoon with my family.

About 14 years ago I took my study of Steiner and put it to work with other families in our series of curriculum "A Journey through Waldorf Homeschooling" and our business has grown from there.

Erik here! I'm a husband, father, entrepreneur, videographer and content creator, editor and teacher. Melisa and I decided to take a leap of faith years ago when I quit my newspaper job to pursue building Waldorf Essentials. It’s a decision we've never regretted. We are constantly bolstered by the kind words of clients whom we have helped over the years.

Waldorf Essentials Melisa and Erik Neilsen

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Who are we? I’m Melisa! A mom of five children with only two left at home. I’ve been a wife, an ex-wife and a wife again. Two of my children have spectrum struggles. My oldest has ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and my youngest has SPD (sensory processing disorder). NEVER a dull moment in the Nielsen house. I am a stroke survivor and I love my life. I love to watercolor paint, knit and embroider and have a quiet afternoon with my family.

About 14 years ago I took my study of Steiner and put it to work with other families in our series of curriculum "A Journey through Waldorf Homeschooling" and our business has grown from there.

Erik here! I'm a husband, father, entrepreneur, videographer and content creator, editor and teacher. Melisa and I decided to take a leap of faith years ago when I quit my newspaper job to pursue building Waldorf Essentials. It’s a decision we've never regretted. We are constantly bolstered by the kind words of clients whom we have helped over the years.

    206. Navigating Your Child's Behavior

    206. Navigating Your Child's Behavior

    Melisa Nielsen at Waldorf Essentials focuses on behavior today. 

     

    - How do you handle if they don't want to do the lesson you have prepared?

     

    - How do you get them to go on a daily walk?

     

    - Are you and your partner on the same page?

     

    - Are you practicing self care?

     

    When things need to be reeled back in

    - Reflect, have you been holding the space?

    - What has everyone been eating?

    - What is your rhythm?

    - Are you and your partner having time for each other and yourself?

    -  When you go on a date are you only talking about the kids?

     

    Our Thinking Feeling Willing Program will transform your parenting, partnering and homeschooling when you do the work. 

     

    https://www.waldorfessentials.com/storeIf you found this content helpful please consider making a donation to our non profit. 

    Every child should have access to a whole education.

    While we work hard to keep our virtual school tuition and curriculum prices affordable, there will always be families that desire this education but can not afford it. It is our deepest desire to help those families. https://www.aurielslight.org Auriel's Light is a non profit and all donations are tax deductible. 

     

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    • 50 min
    { Encore } 7 Year Cycle in Education

    { Encore } 7 Year Cycle in Education

    Have the homeschool and peaceful foundation of your dreams.

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    • 1 hr 43 min
    205. Slow Start to First Grade

    205. Slow Start to First Grade

    Melisa Nielsen at Waldorf Essentials shares her personal experience in having a child with an April birthday and grade placement. 

    Topics Melisa shares with you:

    - Difference between a boy and a girl at this age and their readiness

    - What if they are asking to be taught how to read

    - What if they already learned to read and more in their preschool

    - Options for a soft start

    You can also find us on YouTube "Waldorf Essentials"

    Please share with your fellow parenting friends and homeschoolers. We are in this journey together. 

    If you found this content helpful please consider making a donation to our non profit. 

    Every child should have access to a whole education.

    While we work hard to keep our virtual school tuition and curriculum prices affordable, there will always be families that desire this education but can not afford it. It is our deepest desire to help those families. 

    If you found this content helpful please consider making a donation to our non profit. 

    Every child should have access to a whole education.

    While we work hard to keep our virtual school tuition and curriculum prices affordable, there will always be families that desire this education but can not afford it. It is our deepest desire to help those families. https://www.aurielslight.org Auriel's Light is a non profit and all donations are tax deductible. 

    https://www.waldorfessentials.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waldorf_essentials/

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    • 28 min
    204. Balance in Relationships

    204. Balance in Relationships

    Melisa and Erik Nielsen share with you their experience and tips in balancing relationship, parenting and work. 

     

    Topics they touch on 

    - One of the parents working out of the home

    - Attachment parenting

    - Un balanced partnering and the patterns it can create

    - Putting each other first

     

    You can also find us onYouTube "Waldorf Essentials"

    Please share with your fellow parenting friends and homeschoolers. We are in this journey together. 

     

    If you found this content helpful please consider making a donation to our non profit. 

    Every child should have access to a whole education.

    While we work hard to keep our virtual school tuition and curriculum prices affordable, there will always be families that desire this education but can not afford it. It is our deepest desire to help those families. https://www.aurielslight.org/ Auriel's Light is a non profit and all donations are tax deductible. 

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waldorf_essentials/

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    • 17 min
    { Encore } Autumn Festivals

    { Encore } Autumn Festivals

    Have the homeschool and peaceful foundation of your dreams.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    203. { Auriel's Light } Raising Sound Sleepers

    203. { Auriel's Light } Raising Sound Sleepers

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    “Children weave back and forth between courageous outer exploration and the need for greater inward security. Most measures of child development miss this inward aspect. They take careful note of the (outer) milestones for gross and fine motor skills, and for speech and socialization, but there is little, if any, discussion about the inner steps for growth.” (from the introduction)

    What can parents do to avoid bedtime meltdowns? Why do established settling routines stop working? How can children be encouraged to fall asleep more consistently? What simple, natural steps can parents take to help children feel calm?"

     

    Sleep and rest aren't always the natural processes we expect them to be. Dr. Adam Blanning, a child-development consultant and holistic physician, suggests that they are learned skills that grow with children along with the physical developmental stages.

     

    This insightful book offers practical ways that parents and care givers can support children toward using their senses—from taste, smell, and touch to balance and movement—to self-soothe, sleep, and, ultimately, build resilience for life.

     

    Based on extensive research and using clear examples, Dr. Blanning explores a range of methods for children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers. He tackles key parental concerns and offers:

     

    — Tips for settling toddlers who always say “No!”

    — How to establish calming daily rhythms

    — Ways to help children settle during times of anxiety

    — Self-soothing techniques that improve disruptive behavior

     

    Raising Sound Sleepers is an invaluable resource that empowers parents and care givers to guide children towards rest, sleep, and calmness—skills that are useful throughout life.

     

    Adam Blanning, MD, practices anthroposophic family medicine at the Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies (DenverTherapies.com) in Denver, Colorado. He is president of the Anthroposophic Health Association (AHA), an umbrella organization for groups working to bring anthroposophic insights into the realms of medicine, nursing, naturopathy, body therapies, artistic therapies, movement therapies, and counseling. Dr. Blanning lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to holistic medicine and the dynamics of human development. He is the author of Understanding Deeper Developmental Needs: Holistic Approaches for Challenging Behaviors in Children (2017).

    • 47 min

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Every Waldorf Homeschooler Needs This Podcast

I’ve been Waldorf homeschooling for five years now and Melisa has helped me so much. From learning the basics of Waldorf to continuing to become more and more confident with the Waldorf philosophy. I’ve known many who have given up on Waldorf homeschooling because it’s intimidating and not often supported by your friends and family. Melisa gives you the support you need to create the peaceful foundation and homeschooling of your dreams. If you listen to her messages and do the work you’re going to be success! Thank you Melisa and Erik for all your wisdom you share.

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