As the cold wind blows stronger I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the importance of warmth especially in early childhood. Keeping our children warm during the colder months is essential not only to their overall health but to their physical, emotional and cognitive development. Only when a child is sufficiently warm can their energy be used to support the developing brain, heart, liver, lungs and other organs. Warmth is truly one of the most important gifts we can give our children on a daily basis both physically and emotionally. Hats and woolen long underwear are complimented with warm touch- hugs, massages, aromatic footbaths. Warming foods and drinks allow for easier digestion. For more inspiration on the Importance of Warmth go to my stories to find a link to an article in the Journal. 🔥 Gorgeous woolens in the photo are from @chasingwindmillskids
This weekend we are slowing down, reading books in front of the woodstove, garden cooking, carving pumpkins, baking cornbread and simmering stews. After a long school and work week I avoid leaving the house on the weekends as much as possible. In some ways this is an easier task when you live in the country and your backyard is the playground. But I also make sure I fit shopping and errands into the weekdays so that for these two days we can come together as a family and keep things as simple and slow as possible. This world we live in is frighteningly fast-paced and information packed so it feels like such a luxury to commit to a home-based, low-tech weekend. Wishing you and yours some simply beautiful moments to savour this weekend too. #simplicityparentingcoach #simplicityparenting #ourfamilyrhythm
Finally getting around to baking some pumpkin pie with all those pumpkins from the garden. I shared our very simple and rustic version of this Canadian classic in a post last year. I’ll share it in the comments below. 🍁
“Come, little leaves, said the wind one day. Come over the meadows with me and play; Put on your dresses of red and gold, For summer is gone and the days grow cold. #georgecooper #autumnverse #summergoodbye
There is nothing more deliciously satisfying than a homemade loaf of bread. I have been making my own loaves for almost ten years now although at times, especially when my daughters experienced eczema we have gone grain-free and gluten-free. I find a small amount of sourdough or even spelt is digestible for us once or twice a week so a weekly loaf has become a part of our Autumn Rhythm. On Sunday we have a roast chicken and then use the bones to make chicken stock that summers all through Sunday night. On a Monday morning we make vegetable soup or stew with the nourishing chicken stock and a side of homemade bread sometimes adding grated cheese and herbs to the dough. 🌾 What soups and stews do your children love? Please share below! I’ll also share the lovely story about Stone Soup in my stories now! 🥣 The beautiful book Baking Bread with Children is by the talented Waldorf teacher, Warren Lee Cohen and contains nourishing recipes, stories, songs and much more.
Reading books in front of the first fire of the season and staying cosy in their new @chasingwindmillskids long johns. Also, if you haven’t seen it already you can view a list of our Waldorf and Nature-Inspired Autumn book recommendations in the Journal. Link in my stories. 🍂