Waldorf School of Atlanta Parent Initiative for Media Lite Living Workshop

In September 2014, parents at the Waldorf School of Atlanta began a Media-Lite Living initiative.  The WSA Family Handbook holds recommendations about limiting media.  This initiative is designed to support parents on this road.  We are archiving the articles, stories and testimonials from this initiative on the WSA blog.  Posts from the 2015-16 school year are found here.

Media-Lite Living
 
2nd Annual Parent Workshop 
Sponsored by The WSA Parent Initiative for Media-Lite Living
What:   “Living Media-Lite Throughout the Holidays”
When:   Monday, December 7, 2015
Time:    8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Where:  WSA Hospitality Room
Who:     For all WSA parents and friends
Why:     How can our kids live with minimal screen time throughout the holidays?
             Looking to support their innate inventiveness and creativity through alternatives to electronic media?
Then:    Come!   Ask questions. Find answers. Offer practical solutions.
                             Bring a notebook and pen.
              RSVP     Emily Zdan:  ezdan@waldorfatlanta.org
Further description: this informative, conversational based workshop offers encouragement and insight for confronting common holiday challenges such as:
  • media and extended family-at their house and at yours
  • living media-lite while traveling
  • alternatives to media during family time at holidays
  • gift giving alternatives
  • conversations with extended family about living media-lite when together at the hoLinden Tree Photography 2014 Holiday Assembly_022lidays

We share a helpful list of tips to support Family Rhythm during the Holiday Season here.

FAMILY RHYTHMS AND THE HOLIDAYS FROM WSA’S PARENT ENRICHMENT CLASS

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We are in the midst of the Holiday Season, with its joyful sharing, various festival celebrations of light, and special visits with treasured family and friends. It can also be a stressful time for families who are seeking to maintain a sense of regularity and familiar rhythms for their children, while also wanting to enjoy the change of pace that visiting with loved ones can bring.

Here are a few simple suggestions to add to or affirm your parenting wisdom at holiday time:

1. Just knowing and acknowledging that daily life may be different for a little while can be very helpful.

2. The most important rhythm, especially for our children under 7, would be the bedtime rhythm. While it may be later than usual, do include as much of the normal routines as possible; if traveling, do pack any familiar dolls/teddy bears, and books to support familiarity.

3. If your child still naps, do support a nap rhythm as much as possible.

4. While striving for regularity, do be flexible, and enjoy the change of pace that awaits you.

5. Notice, and attend to, stresses that may arise for yourself. Allow yourself a break, stepping outside, a ‘time out’ as needed. Just adding a few extra conscious breaths to your day can make all the difference.

6. Verbally preparing your child that things will be different can also go a long way in supporting their experience of the holiday season.

7. Do share, if possible, and if helpful, with family and friends, your routines that will support your child’s enjoyment of the holiday season. Including them in your plans of achieving a sense of regularity, may go a long way in friends and family supporting your efforts.

8. No matter how cold, do include outside time everyday or as much as possible, for you and your family; from walks in the neighborhood, to hikes in a favorite park, the invigorating cold winter air can renew everyone’s spirits; there is no wrong weather, only wrong clothing!

These are just a few ideas that can support a meaningful holiday season for all families.

~Sara Michelson,

Class Facilitator, Morning Garden Teacher

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This article was originally printed in the December 2010 edition of the Garden Breeze newsletter of the Waldorf School of Atlanta.