Moving through this year, I am making a more conscious effort to connect with earth and nature on a daily basis.
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About Allison Abramson: Allison is a wife and mother to two girls living in rural Connecticut. She writes about her journey through parenthood at www.allisonabramson.com. Her writing and workshops focus on simplicity, living closer to the earth and inviting joy into the every day.
I’ve been noticing how children make holidays come to life. They love to prepare for something special, to create a celebration. When it comes to holidays, my children do bring out the best in me. I enjoy reaching back into my memory for stories and traditions to share, and designing the rituals that will become our own family’s traditions.
I’ve been thinking a lot about new beginnings lately. Maybe it’s all of the change that Fall brings, or the way the cooler, darker weather invites introspection, but I’ve been thinking about what families need in order to have a fresh start.
Whenever I bring together a new Simplicity Parenting Group as I did recently at Meadowbrook Waldorf School, the first conversation we have is always about Values. I ask the group to fast forward ten or twenty years and picture their children grown. You can try this, too…
I hear people asking all the time, “Where did summer go?!” Sometimes it feels like the season screeches to a halt and tosses us into a new routine. It can be challenging, at first, to find the right groove for your family. Transitions are hard for everyone. Be gentle with yourself and with your children, and work opportunities for family connection into the busyness of these school days.
During a recent visit with their grandparents, my daughters had a blast running, jumping, crawling, and splashing their way through a backyard obstacle course. It was so simple to create, and it kept children and adults playing- and laughing- together for hours.
We created the course with things we had around the house, and set up toys as challenges along the course.
We are in an interesting phase of family life right now. Lest my blog readers think that everything is smiles and matching dresses over here, I wanted to share a glimpse into another corner of our daily life — power struggles.
My daughters are 4 and nearly 3, and it feels as though we are in the thick of a new phase in which both girls test authority on a regular basis. It sort of crept up on us. Seemingly overnight, our easy-going 2 year old nudged closer to 3, and developed some very strong opinions of her own. Mix in the strong will of her older sister, and you’ve got the makings of some intense days!
Parenting Simply: Carefree Summer Days? Yes, please. When you think of “carefree summer days” what images come to mind? I immediately begin thinking of my childhood yard, full of wildflowers and hiding spots and a swing in a tree. I remember my mom’s big thermos full of cold juice, and all of the long leisurely evenings spent under the setting sun and with the twinkling fireflies. Those were carefree days, indeed.
As the springtime sun is shining, warming up the ground and helping plant life bloom all around us, it is so much fun to connect with the season by planting something of your own and watching it grow!
Families with the space and the inclination to go big may enjoy planning and planting a vegetable garden together. Each family member can choose what they’d like to plant, and everyone works together on garden design, construction, planting and caring for the young plants.
But, perhaps you don’t feel very knowledgeable, or have the space for a large-scale garden….consider gardening anyway!
used to watch the morning news. Every day would start with a strange, sensational mix of horror stories interspersed with complete fluff, repeated over and over again until I felt nothing but disgust. Child abductions, pop stars, spousal abuse, fashion trends…ugh. If the morning news was any indicator, the times we live in seem pretty grim.
So one day I turned it off. Click. And I haven’t watched television news in about five years.