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Screen-Free Week: My Decision to Pull the Plug


This week on Sunday With Sarah, I share the story of my decision to pull the plug many years ago during TV-Turnoff Week. Not easy while living in Hollywood and being immersed in the entertainment world.

How’d it go? Listen and find out!

For more information and inspiration, please visit Screen-Free Week and the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.

Screen-Free Week 2016 is from May 2 to May 8. Are you inspired to pull the plug on TV, videos, and computers for a week? Is your family already media-free?

Please share your challenges and triumphs here!

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Yelling Silences Your Message

Loving Discipline: Stay Calm and Speak Softly

It took me many years of experience as a parent and Waldorf teacher before I learned a really important lesson.

I learned that when I really needed to get my message across to a child, it is much more effective to get down to the child’s level, look him in the eye, and speak in a quiet, calm voice.

When we yell, children (and adults!) tune us out. When emotions are flying high and voices are escalating, it can take a child by surprise to be spoken to in a tone close to a whisper. The child will stop what she’s doing to really hear what is being said.

We are adults. When children experience us as being in control of our emotions, they feel much more secure, even when their immature emotions are spiraling out-of-control. It is our job to keep calm and let children know that we are in control and able to help.

It’s not always easy to do with a screaming toddler or while a pair of siblings are pummeling each other, but it’s important to take a deep breath, stay focused in the present, and remind yourself that you are the adult, and that you are capable of responding calmly.

Wish I’d learned this when my own children were younger. I hope that many of you will learn this important lesson sooner than I did! It will absolutely result in more harmony—at home or in the classroom.






Do you have any discipline challenges, or tips to share? Please leave a comment!

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Family, Parenting

Sarah’s Invitation: A Weekly Candle Hour for Families


Earth Hour was observed two weeks ago on March 29, when millions of people agreed to turn off their lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time.

This week on “Sunday with Sarah” I share my own experience participating in Earth Hour and have a proposal for you.

Click on the link above to view the video and let me know what you think!

Below are some of the photos submitted for our Earth Hour Photo Contest. Many thanks to all who participated and shared!

by Aimee Canterbury

Winning Photo by Aimee Canterbury


by Sarah Baldwin

Washing Dishes by Candlelight by Sarah Baldwin


Family Reading by Candlelight by Phyllis Meredith

Family Reading by Candlelight by Phyllis Meredith


Painting by Candle Light by Allison Pennell

Painting by Candle Light by Allison Pennell


Bedtime Reading - Earth Hour by Shel Frolich Tscherne

Bedtime Reading – Earth Hour by Shel Frolich Tscherne


Earth Hour - Family Togetherness by dreadpirateautumn via Instagram

Earth Hour – Family Togetherness by dreadpirateautumn via Instagram

What do you think of my idea? Ready to commit? Willing to give it a try? Think it’s nice idea, but impractical? Please let me know your thoughts (and share your own photos, if you’re so inspired!).




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