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April 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

This article was inspired by a mom who answered my challenge question. When someone signs up on my site, they are asked "What is your biggest challenge as a Waldorf-inspired homeschooling family?"

I get a lot of the same answers about rhythm and organization, but this week I received this. "In one word: EXHAUSTION" I couldn't stop thinking about this poor mom and wondering what her circumstances are! Does she have 4 kids? A toddler and a baby? A single mom? The list is endless, but the remedies are not. Most of time when working with my personal clients and groups, RHYTHM is what is lacking.

Without a solid foundation to your days and weeks, it is next to impossible to feel calm, and have "free" time to spend doing fun projects and to even consider homeschooling. So, where do you start?

1) Environment - If there is a mess or clutter that I see constantly, my mind keeps saying "you have to clean that up" each time I see it. It is an energy block to step around things and have piles everywhere. Tackle one room per week or do a super clean weekend (great time for spring cleaning!) If you don't love it and use it- get rid of it! Be ruthless here and you will not regret it. It will open space up for new things you actually need and/or just free up all that clutter. Also think about noise, smells and lighting in your home. Are there strong artificial smells? Loud music, chatter or background noise? Harsh lighting or no natural light? All these affect you and your family's environment.

2) Pick a few things that you really want to include in your days (or weeks) and implement them. Example: morning walk, circle time and afternoon story. Make sure you get these instilled in your rhythm and stick to it. If nothing else, make sure your top 3 are working before you move on to other areas. This way you will feel you are getting what you really want accomplished and you are beginning to see a rhythm take shape during your days.

3) Have realistic expectations of what you can actually accomplish during a day/week. A friend said to me, "Remember, we are human beings, not human 'doings'." Let that sink in for a moment. It's not about how many things get crossed off your list. Are you present during the day for your child? Are you enjoying yourself? I know there are tasks that seem mundane and repetitive, but we must do them regardless, so why not use that time as a "mini-meditation"? I love to wash the dishes when my husband puts the kids to bed. I can go slow and think about the day as I wipe and dry.

4) Use a timer. If you get "distracted" by checking emails or Pinterest and end up feeling guilty and waste away the morning, "allow" yourself 15 minutes of pure pleasure and click away! But, then when the alarm buzzes, it's time to stop and get on with other things. This little device can be used for so many things where we "can't believe I spent an hour doing that". It's great for quick clean-ups too. I say we have 5 minutes- go! You would be amazed how much you can get done (and enlist the kids) in 5 minutes.

Donna Ashton has devoted over 5 years to learning Waldorf Education and homeschooling her twin girls. She brings her experience with raising her 8 year old in a mindful way to help struggling homeschoolers and parents trying to balance their daily rhythm and get clarity in homeschooling. In 2009, she created The Waldorf Connection to bring the experts directly to online homeschoolers. She is now a certified Simplicity Parenting Group Leader so she may bring this amazing wisdom to her families and help them simplify and balance their homes and lifestyles. You can learn more about Donna and her programs, workshops and products at and

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