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June 2nd, 2013 | Sunday With Sarah, Waldorf Education | Permalink | Comments (8)

 

Did you know that there are now more than 1,000 Waldorf schools around the world? The international movement for Waldorf education is growing exponentially as parents in vastly varied cultures are seeking a more holistic form of education that honors the whole child —head, heart, and hands.

“Sunday With Sarah” will be on hiatus until June 29. Click on this week’s video to learn why! I hope to have lots of stories to share and some incredible videos for you when I return.

Here is a link to the Waldorf school for the Samburu children that I will be visiting.

In the meantime, my wonderful and capable assistant, Sarah McLean-Anderson, will be holding down the fort at Bella Luna Toys during my absence to ensure the same level of personal customer service that our customers have come to expect.

What adventures do you have planned this summer? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why? I’d love to hear your dreams!

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May 26th, 2013 | Childhood, Festivals, Parenting, Sunday With Sarah, Waldorf Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

 

Festivals and celebrations are important for children and nourishing to family life.

Seasonal celebrations help children mark the passage of time and experience the rhythm of the year. Further, celebrating festivals connect us with community and bring deeper meaning to our lives.

This week on “Sunday with Sarah,” I share my thoughts on the importance of festivals for children.

What festivals, holidays, and celebrations does your family observe? Are there festivals that you celebrate with a larger community? Which are your favorites? Please share your thoughts here!

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May 5th, 2013 | Sunday With Sarah, Waldorf Education | Permalink | Comments (9)

This week, for the first time, I’ve invited a guest to join me on Sunday With Sarah

Meet my son William!

William and I have just returned from visiting colleges out west, and I asked William, who received a Waldorf education from nursery through 8th grade, to share his thoughts on how his education has helped prepare him for high school and college.

Many parents are attracted to Waldorf education when their children are young, but as their children get older, they fear that the education is not rigorous enough to prepare them for high school or to help them get into a competitive college. We’re here to dispel some of those myths!

Click to view the Survey of Waldorf Graduates referenced in the video and compiled by the Research Institute of Waldorf Education.

Do you have questions specifically for William? Or about the topic in general? Leave your questions here, and we’ll do our best to address all of them.

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April 9th, 2013 | Childhood, Parenting, Sunday With Sarah, TV and Media | Permalink | Comments (9)

 

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 2013 is from April 29 to May 5. 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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March 24th, 2013 | Nutrition, Parenting, Sunday With Sarah, Toddlers | Permalink | Comments (7)

 

This week on Sunday With Sarah, I answer a viewer’s question, and share some ideas on how to encourage healthy eating and to discourage picky eating by children and toddlers.

In addition to the ideas discussed in the video, here are some other ideas:

Do not bribe children to eat!

Why? It doesn’t work in the long run. Children will do what you ask only to get the reward. When the reward is no longer offered, they lose their motivation. We want healthy eating to become a habit.

Here’s an article from the New York Times on why bribery isn’t an effective way of modifying a child’s behavior.

Never offer dessert as a reward.

This gives children the message that sweets are more desirable than more nutritious foods, and that more savory foods are only to be endured in order to get the dessert.

Serve healthy desserts.

Try offering desserts such as yogurt, fruit, baked goods with whole grains, or applesauce, and limit desserts to only a couple of evenings a week.

If your child dislikes vegetables, try serving more fruit.

If your child turns up his or her nose at certain vegetables, try offering a wider variety of fruits instead. Colorful fruits offer most of the same vitamins and nutrition as vegetables.

Try saying “Are you still hungry?” rather than “Are you full?.”

If you are trying to encourage a picky eater to eat more, this can change a child’s mindset. If s/he is still hungry, offer more of the food choices s/he likes.

Have you found effective ways to encourage a picky eater to eat more? Please share your successes and challenges here!

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