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. Articles from 2014-2015 school year: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 , 9, 10
Updated principles and introduction for 2015-2016 school year found: here
The intention of having a forum for Media-Lite Living is that we seek to give a voice and active presence of support and collaboration with fellow parents and their efforts in creating and living a media-lite lifestyle with their families.
We seek to be:
1. Resourceful: By sharing information on the impact of media upon children’s development, we offer clarity and insight into why seeking a media-lite lifestyle is a desired goal.
2. Encouraging: By offering encouragement, we offer fellow parents a sense of courage for creating a media-lite lifestyle at home: “information is good, but encouragement is everything”.
3. Inspiring: By sharing real stories of how our children have thrived at home by engaging in real play, creative endeavors, and purposeful work experiences, instead of media, we hope to kindle other parents’ visions of what is possible for their own children within their own homes.
Lastly, we seek to support the school’s vision of protecting childhood and the sacred work that our children are involved in: growing and learning at their own pace while fully engaging in life. We celebrate all of our children within the school community, and all the possibilities for life they exquisitely hold within themselves and daily express at school and at home. By celebrating our children we celebrate, honor, and contribute to the unique community we have here at WSA.
Interested? Curious? Questions?
Invite to First Meeting:
The first meeting of the WSA Parent Initiative for Media-Lite Living will be held this Monday morning, September 29, from 8:30 to 10:00. Look for us in the Hospitality Room.
1. All WSA parents and interested friends are warmly invited to attend. Time is short? Stop in to introduce yourself! Have half and hour? Then come! Can stay for entire time? Terrific! Have a young child? They are welcome!!! Can’t make it this time? Look in upcoming editions of the Breeze Bulletin for information on future meeting
Bring your curiosity, questions, comments, and sense of camaraderie as we explore and share this journey of Media-Lite Living. Already living it? Come to offer support, encouragement, and insight of the journey to other fellow parents.
2. The following recently published New York Times article about Apple’s founder, Steve Jobs, being a low-tech parent, may be of interest to you. The link is the following: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/fashion/steve-jobs-apple-was-a-low-tech-parent.html
The above articles were taken from The Garden Breeze, our WSA in-house newsletter. For more information about our school, please visit us at Waldorf School of Atlanta.