Temperaments - Melancholic

"...the important thing for the melancholic [child] is that the teacher be people who have in a certain sense been tried by life, who act and speak on the basis of past trials."

Roberto Trostli, Rhythms of Learning (2017)


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00:02     good morning everybody I'm Melissa

00:04     Nilson I'm Eric Nielsen good morning I

00:07     hope you had a wonderful weekend we're

00:10     gonna talk today about the empathetic

00:13     melancholic and but before we dive into

00:16     that just a couple quick announcements

00:19     we were 7 an email last week sort of

00:22     announcing because we're in partnership

00:25     with our fairies right now and their


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Temperaments - Phlegmatic

"Things do not move the phlegmatic as such, but an interest arises when they see things reflected in others, and these interests are then reflected in the soul of phlegmatic children."  

Roberto Trostli, Rhythms of Learning (2017)


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00:02     good morning everybody I'm Melissa

00:04     Nelson I'm making sure we are gonna talk

00:10     today about the cozy phlegmatic but...

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Ep. 142 - Creating the Perfect (School) Day


Join Melisa as she walks you and your family through a gentle guided meditation and shares what meditation means to her.

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00:02     so good morning good morning thank you

00:06     for joining us today I'm gonna say

00:08     really quick and then I'll do our do our

00:12     announcements this morning if your kids

00:14     aren't with you go grab...

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Melisa Unplugged: Confidence, Poo, & Teaching Cultures

In this two-for-one video (below), Melisa discusses the importance of confidence and the non-religious, religious teaching in Waldorf education. She first addresses the lack of confidence she sees in the parents she works with. She then shares a hilarious analogy (which won’t soon be forgotten) and advice for moving forward even when you don’t feel confident enough to do so. Finally, she covers how and why teaching your children about other religions/cultures/people (different from you) is immensely valuable.

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00:00     hi there I wanted to record a video it's

00:04     Sunday...

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Ep. 190 - Weekly Family Meetings

Scheduling for an entire family can feel like a juggling act: play date, sports game, work project, etc. Join Melisa as she explains what “family council” looks like for her family, and how creating your own can help bring cohesion to your family schedule. Look out for some extra pro-tips on creating a family calendar.

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Actual Rhythm Chart: click here

Free Resources: click here

Planning for Peace: click here

Biz Schooling: click here

Parents In Sync: click here 


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Holding The Space

What does holding the space look like? Why is it important? And how can you implement it into your rhythm? Melisa explains holding the space as, the concept of being energetically present, and when that energy is removed things tend to go haywire. Learning to hold the space is vital in creating a smooth rhythm in your homeschool (and general family life). Below you’ll find the video Melisa and her husband Erik recorded to answer all things holding the space related. Try it out! 


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00:04     hello everybody I'm Melissa Nielsen

00:08     hello

00:09     that's Eric Nielsen we're on three

00:12     different different laces so bear with

00:14     us each cameras framed a little bit a

00:17     little bit differently...

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Holding the Space - Media Focus

Melisa often speaks about the importance of holding the space, but what does that mean? And what does it look like to hold the space in a very screen and media-focused environment? Joined by her husband, Erik Nielsen; she answers those questions and shares stories from their family.

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  • Struggling with Media Usage: here


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00:02     good morning okay so we had like where

00:05     are cheaper phones we have them a dual

00:08     tripod and yeah we're a little late

00:11     today so sorry we're usually have on

00:15     here almost an hour ago and yeah no I'm

00:19     o'clock oh wow we got extra sleep it's

00:22     all good so um I'm almost to add Nelson

00:25     I'm I'm Eric Nielsen so if you are new

00:29     to us welcome if you are been with us


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Ep. 191 - How To Get Better Sleep

As parents and caregivers, we know how vital sleep is to children. But it's also important that we get enough sleep ourselves. We cannot show up as the best versions of ourselves if we aren't getting enough sleep. Below you will find various resources to help you curate good sleep; starting with planning out dinner.


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00:01     hi there i'm melissa nielsen

00:03     today we're going to talk about sleep

00:05     now i've done other videos on sleep so

00:07     this is probably not going to be

00:08     anything new

00:09     that you're hearing but maybe you've

00:11     heard it a different way and maybe that

00:13     will help

00:14     um i am if you know me you followed me

00:17     for a while you know i'm a huge

00:18     proponent of sleep

00:19     i'm a...

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Ep. 165 - Rhythm is Internal

In the video below, Melisa explains how rhythm is not simply something that exists outside of yourself but is an internal and integral part of you. She walks you through the importance of tracking your actual rhythm, how to hone it, and how your rhythm can affect your family's rhythm. 

Below you'll find all the resources you'll need to harness your rhythm and some examples of rhythm charts to help you get started!  


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Rhythm with Virtual Life - https://youtu.be/KF7Uw9eaBVw 

My Secret to Rhythm - https://youtu.be/2h4nYmbXG_4  

How to Get Better Sleep - https://youtu.be/Y572BgjedtE 


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Ep. 85 - https://www.spreaker.com/episode/18356627 

Ep. 191 - https://www.spreaker.com/episode/42007879 


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00:02     hi there I'm almost no Southwold of

00:04     essentials and today we're...

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Ep. 172 - Time To Start Planning!!

homeschool p4p rhythm May 06, 2021

Join Melisa as she discusses the importance of creating a solid homeschool plan for the coming year and explains precisely how to do it. In the video below, she explains the value of starting your planning early and how to plan for a successful school year. The content below was recorded last year but is still very relevant for this year's planning. As you may or may not know, Melisa has been hard at work revising Planning for Peace. As you scroll down, you'll find links to the revised Planning for Peace and the actual rhythm chart mentioned in the video below. It's time to start planning! 


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00:00     hi there I'm Melisa Nielsen and guess

00:04     what time it is it's time to start

00:06     planning for school for next year now

00:08     you might be thinking especially if

00:09     you're NATO s well so what are you

00:11     talking about it's...

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