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Rhythm of Life

Meagan Wilson tells Hannah Hiles why rhythm helps family life to run more smoothly

MEAGAN WILSON BEGAN researching play-based learning, natural parenting and early childhood education in 2008 after the birth of her first child. She has created a series of online and printable guides which help families slow down and connect with each other and the world around them, through daily and seasonal rhythms and activities. She lives with her husband and four children in the Canadian countryside just outside Toronto.

How did you come to start Whole Family Rhythms and create the seasonal guides? When my eldest was young we found Waldorf education and fell in love with the way it nourishes young children and brings to them developmentally appropriate learning through play and exploration of environment. I went on to study Waldorf education in Sydney, Australia, and launched the guides in a creative rush in early 2013 when I was pregnant with my third child (of four).

The guides are aimed at parents or carers who have young children at home and who are yearning to slow down, create and connect with the rhythm of their days together. They are designed to help you plan and create a peaceful, balanced and holistic rhythm in your home, flowing between structured, adult-led activities and child-led, imaginative free play. Each guide contains seasonally inspired stories and fingerplays and detailed directions for daily themes such as baking and cooking, watercolour painting, beeswax and salt dough modelling, drawing, crafting and hiking. My vision is to connect and inspire mothers, carers and communities with each other so that they feel empowered to raise children who are wholly connected with themselves (head, heart and hands) and to the planet. I believe from the bottom of my heart that peace begins in the home.

Can you explain what you mean by rhythm? Rhythm can be described as the ebb and a flow of the day. The day is organised into in and out breaths - moments of quiet stillness and expansion. Expansive activities include free unstructured play, outside play or hiking. Inward activities include mealtimes, sleep times, story time or a daily activity such as drawing, painting or crafting. Daily, weekly and seasonal rhythms are the anchors that provide security and happiness to children. With a strong daily rhythm a child knows what to expect and what is expected. With rhythm, simple >

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019 www.thegreenparent.co.uk

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