Is it really that surprising?
We are becoming less connected to real people and real things in our lives, yet I think as human beings we crave connectedness. I love the internet, I love my iPad, but I also love birthday cake, and I know none of these things are really nourishing to my mind or my body. I hope you don't feed your little one cake everyday, and I think computers and technology in general should fall under the same principle. Waldorf folk seem to believe this to be true, so I am going to do some investigating.
I love Montessori philosophy, and while I do agree that it is the task of the young child to figure out the world around them, I also know that as a child I created fantasy lands so intricate that I lost myself (and anyone tolerant enough follow my orders) in them for hours. Children seem to want life to be magical, and I'm not sure it is such a terrible thing to allow them a little of that magic.
Anyway, rhythm. In my last post, I talked about trying to do a better job of finding that sweet spot for myself in my work life. I'm hoping to do this not only so I can be happier, but also so that my mornings at work flow nicely together with my afternoons and evenings at home. I know it is important for Juniper that we start to develop a rhythm to our days, but it is also important for me. I need to know what happens when I get home from work in the afternoon: Do I do my cleaning chores? Play with Juniper? Put her down for a nap right away or after 20 minutes? An hour? If I don't know the order of things she certainly doesn't. I'm not talking about getting all rigid with our schedule and having no flexibility ever, but I do think that as human beings we crave some sense of predictability in our lives. I'd like to think that it allows us to appreciate the ebb and flow of our days.