Annette

Single mother of 6, mistress of none.]

The Gift of Presence: The Six Gifts of Childhood Series

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One of many things I loved about growing up Catholic was the concept of the Guardian Angel. The idea that there was a spiritual being whose sole job was watch over me, accompany me along my journey, and protect me from my better self really spoke to my soul. One of my favorite prayers was
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.

Well, I certainly took a little dip from the blog there, didn’t I? I do have about 6 posts loaded up in drafts and ready to go but, truth be told, life has been just so… daily… lately that it’s been hard to see beyond the next class I need to teach, the next plan I need to write, the next parenting fire I need to put out, the next meal I need to cook, the next child’s appointment or conference or therapy. And on top of that, always, always is the epilepsy. The election has been looming a bit as well.

Seasons of Joy Birthday Celebrations!

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Have a little one with an October birthday feeling a little left out? Well, I have a fun solution with you– join in with other October pumpkins from all around the world for an age-appropriate birthday celebration. OR you can message me about a private online birthday party for your child and their friends.
 
Class details are here for elementary:
https://outschool.com/classes/a-birthday-celebration-for-october-ZeisE9n7#usM0mXyxqY
 
And here for early childhood:
https://outschool.com/classes/a-birthday-celebration-for-october-n8GMvbPk#usM0mXyxqY
 
If the times and dates don’t work or you’d like a private party, just send a message on Outschool. We’ll be back in November as well!

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I love a good blog series, and I haven’t done one in a bit. Recently I came across an old Gateways article called Six Gestures for the Waldorf Early Childhood Educator. After reading the article, I realized that while the author is correct in stating this predispositions (or gestures as she calls them; I am choosing to call them gifts) in teaching are closely aligned with the child from zero to eight, they also are helpful to give our elementary , middle school, high school, and even college-age children. Why do I choose to call them gifts? Because I believe that these six ways of being do not always come naturally. To be blunt and honest, in this COVID-era when we’re often all stuck together in close quarters, sometimes my inclination is not to follow these six parenting guidelines at all, but rather to do the opposite. There have been times I have wanted to yell, to disappear, to hide away. There have been times my own life has not been worthy of imitation, but rather, a stunning example of what NOT to do.