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So you have this super cute and amazingly bright child. This child is also too young for even Waldorf kindergarten, so what is a mom to do? Your parents are breathing down your neck and everyone wants to know why in the heck this child isn’t in a pre-k program! I am hoping this will help.
Last year I compiled the plans I used for Sariah when she was three going on four. I have been giving the plans out for those that ask, I am posting them here now so that they are easy to find.
We have an archive post that has some links that might also be helpful, it is HERE.
Remember to enjoy this time, don’t get ahead of yourself and relax. You have the gift of time.
It happens to us all. Something comes along and gets us all out of whack. Suddenly the world seems like it is coming down around us. Finances are strained. Kids are out of control. We are staying up way too late. Our relationships aren’t feeling effortless.
It. Just. Plain. Sucks.
How do we stop this cycle? How do we get back up and gain the control that we once had or yearn to have?
You have to stop yourself.
That reset will be different for everyone to some degree, but it all begins with YOU. For some it might be a lot of time on our knees asking for direction and looking for the lessons. It might mean searching the scriptures (ALL of them have messages just as relevant today as when they were written.) If you don’t follow a particular faith, maybe it is time in nature with your toes in the grass to get grounded. Maybe it is a good cry. Maybe it is taking a good hard look at yourself and your habits.
I personally think ALL of those things are important.
Here is a little secret. I tend to fly pretty high. I am connected and work very hard to stay that way. For me that means I pray often and I read my scriptures. It also means I have a healthy dose of my spiritual mentors like Wayne Dyer and Esther Hicks as well as others. And when I say healthy dose, I mean daily. I am always working to stay in alignment with my goals. My spiritual goals. My relationship goals and of course our family physical needs as well. When I am in touch with those things they we soar. Our focus as a family can be on serving others and we are not in resistance. We flow. Rhythm flows. We are all part of a happy soup that is life. Things happen and we have minor set backs, but because we are tethered to that space, it is easy to get back there. It takes less than a day to get back in sync. It has taken us a good 5 years as a family to really be in this place consistently. There have been twists and turns, ups and downs – I even has a stroke in there and we came back to our happy place fairly quickly.
When we are in despair, we can’t have hope. They don’t live in the same place. Despair is probably one of the lowest vibrations there is. Even lower than rage. You have to move that. You have to begin to remember WHY you do what you do. Why are you home with these children? Why? You also have to decide that you are not resigned to how it is. You have the power to change things – even if it is only bit by bit.
When I fall, I like to look at it candidly. I want to know how I fell. I want to look for the lesson – there is ALWAYS a lesson, ALWAYS. Then I want to move forward not making the same mistakes again. Sometimes though it seems like we can get in a spiral of things that just can’t stop. I am going to share something personal for us. Most of our readers know me fairly well and I am an open book, but there are some things that I keep pretty close to my heart.
We have had a year so far of working hard to stay in our place of peace and love. The year started out well in January. February was met with a large challenge – I had to rebuild our website from scratch, alone. Along isn’t exactly right. Erik was at my side offering up to the minute love and support. Our team at Rainmaker was helpful with al 4367 questions I had. It was a challenge. A challenge that took me away from what I know is my dharma and that was a struggle for me. In the end, the result was amazing. So many lessons learned. I jumped back up on that cloud I enjoy and headed into March. March was busy with getting Ellie ready for Peru. We felt very much like it was the right thing to do. Lots of prayers went into those decisions and we felt like this was an experience she was supposed to have. She left excited. She came home broken. Mendable, but broken. She experienced many good things, but she was also made fun of by adult trip leaders and kids on the trip for her devotion to God, she was belittled by trip leaders, she witnessed sexual activity on the street because the trip leaders didn’t have their routes planned well and I could go on. The poor kid came home with a gnarly parasite to boot. The last half of March was all about finding Ellie. Restoring her. Physically and emotionally. It was an emotional and financial strain on our family. We have had counsel from three different lawyers. It was mired in such ick. We stepped away. Worked to get recentered. As a family saw the lessons. Worked to enjoy the beauty that was Peru. The lessons were a lot like the country itself. Beautiful and amazing while being filled with trash and poverty. April and May seemed like recovery months. Months that were our toughest financially in probably five years. With June we could feel the rebalance coming. It was palpable.
At every turn, no matter how hard it was, as a family we had to do all those recentering steps. We had to walk in the grass to get centered, spent time in prayer – sometimes pleading – we had to exercise faith and we had to have hope. There really is no other choice. Feeling bad just brings more of feeling bad so we had to find things to have gladness in. May brought with it an intention from me to see the ocean everyday. That is my happy, my calm – what is yours? Find that space and go to it. Don’t grasp it. When we cling to something or clasp it in our hands we lose it. Relax that grip a bit. Breathe your way into it. Read sages and poets. Pick up Rumi or the Tao. There is wisdom everywhere. I don’t limit myself. GRAB STEINER! There is so much wisdom that when we are down, there is an infinite amount of ways to lift us!
Look at your actions. Then decide that tomorrow you will get up before your kids. You will reconnect with Source. Rekindle things with your partner. That together you will decide what your dharma is – seek it out – and then work from that space. There really is no other choice, because feeling like crap is just well…. crappy. So SHIFT.
Love to you.