Thursday, August 20, 2009

Natural Living for Families

by Ann Rinkenberger

Parents today have an abundant number of choices in raising their children. Barbara Patterson, a seasoned Waldorf teacher states:

"What may seem 'normal' or acceptable in society today is not necessarily what is 'healthy' for families and children."

Getting back to the basics - a more simple, relaxed lifestyle; open-ended toys made of natural materials; and healthy, home-cooked food enjoyed together as a family - is something I strive for with my family. Although it would be nice if every day looked like this, the reality doesn't. However, it is something that I'm working towards.

In Beyond the Rainbow Bridge - Nurturing Our Children from Birth to Seven, the author writes:

"Children take into themselves everything they experience in the environment. Whatever is in children's environment will be in them. Whatever is in them will affect their physical and spiritual growth. By positively affecting your children, you are beginning to impact your grandchildren's lives!"

With that in mind, I browsed through handmadeMN members' items on Etsy, and found these items that would be great for families wanting a more natural lifestyle:

Yin-Yang Nelephant by DangerKittyDesigns

Baby Love Felted Soap by BathNBeads

Super Absorbent Burp Cloths by TheHobbyRoom

BaaBaa Black Sheep and 3 Bags of Wool by harvestmoonbyhand

Everything in a Laundry Soap but Less by JulieMeyer

Prim Patches Hooked Runner by woolyredrug


Moondoonie said...

I love the concept of getting back to basics. This article is a good reminder of things that can help make that happen.

Theresa B said...

Ann! I love that runner and can vouch for my friend Danger Kitty Designs - she's got awesome stuff. Good choices! Also congrats on winning the last challenge.

Elise said...

Hello, just leaving you a comment as I've so enjoyed looking around your site and reading your lovely posts. Great pictures too !

Thank so much for sharing them and I hope you have a fab weekend (well, the rest of it anyway...)!

Best wishes to you