My introduction to Waldorf education was when I was about 2 1/2 and my mom was attending a Birth to Three group which took place in a Waldorf school. I also remember my mom telling me (when I was slightly older) that if I went to a school like that, I’d have to take my lunch to school in something made of natural material instead my plastic lunchbox. I imagined taking my lunch to school in a wicker basket, fantasized about eating my lunch with fairies and gnomes. As I grew older, I coveted everything in the Hearth Song catalog and cut pictures out to hang on my wall. However, I’ve never actually met someone who has direct experience with a Steiner/Waldorf school.
Flash forward 20 years and I’m expecting my first child. Now that I’m becoming a parent, I have an excuse to indulge my love of Waldorf toys, but I’m interested in the philosophy behind them as well. I’m interested in hearing the experience of Offbeat parents who have incorporated Steiner/Waldorf philosophies into their parenting. What resources (books or online) do you recommend to inform a new parent about incorporating Steiner/Waldorf into their home and parenting philosophies? — Ginny