Meet Donna from The Waldorf Connection and a Lovely Giveaway

Please join me in welcoming Donna from The Waldorf Connection.
Donna will be sharing a post with us today titled, Balancing Those Early Years’.

Natural Suburbia: Donna, please tell us a little about The Waldorf Connection:

The Waldorf Connection is quickly becoming the “hub” that homeschoolers, parents, and educators need as a starting place for gathering information. The goal of this site is to bring concrete information to help families understand the Waldorf concepts and to support family-run Waldorf businesses.

The Waldorf Connection will heavily support the online community with in–depth workshops, programs, online book studies, video classes and more. For more information on these informative programs, go to

Balancing Those Early Years by Donna Ashton

Now that my twin girls are turning 8, I feel I have “arrived” in some way. Those early years can be wonderful and also extremely challenging and exhausting! I know there are many stages & growing yet to go, but if you have 1 or more young children, you may know what I mean.

Why do young children take so much energy out of us?

According to Peggy O’Mara in her article Generations at Risk, The Mother is the Matrix.

“We do not learn by behavior modification, we learn by going back to the matrix and getting information from that. That’s why a child always comes back to the mother, hanging onto her legs, and exploring from there. We learn from going  back to what we know. The child puts things in her mouth, not because she wants to eat them, but because that’s her most developed sense, and that is how she identifies the object.
The first seven years is the time of play, and as mammals, we are actually designed to learn through play,which is how we gather information. Einstein said that he would rather have imagination than intellect. It is imagination that forms the basis for our later intelligence.

You, as this Matrix are the support and energy center for your child during those early years. It is not just the physical components of holding, nursing, carrying, re-directing, feeding, changing diapers, etc.. There is also an energy exchange between Mother & Child, where the Mother is supplying this energy.

So, what can you do? For me, understanding is the main thing. If I know why something is the way it is, I can work with it. I look at it as an honor. This is something that only I can give to my children.

Now, when you hear others say, “Take a nap while your child is napping”, you may take them up on it. Though you may have household tasks calling you, this may be a better use if your time. Meditation and Creative Expression are also ways to refill our own buckets, so we can have more to give. Enjoy these precious early years, when your task is to be the that Matrix.

Here is an excerpt from Carrie Dentdler’s workshop, “The First 7-yr Cycle of Development” she did at The Waldorf Connection. Enjoy!

*You can hear more from Carrie and other Early Childhood experts in our upcoming series, Essential Elements of Early Childhood.

On Thursday, 9/23 Donna is hosting a free call ” 3 Ways to Create a Nourishing Home for your Child”, with (3) Waldorf Early Childhood teachers to give you a few “behind-the-scenes” inspirations you can take back and implement right away!
This is a bit different then previous calls.. You MUST register at this link to receive the “back stage pass”.
Donna is offering a lovely giveaway: one reader will receive an mp3 of Carrie Dendtler’s (a Parenting Passageway)  “The 1st Seven Year Cycle of Development”.
To enter, please leave a comment and I will choose a winner on Saturday morning:)

Donna, thank you so much for being a guest here on Natural Suburbia:)

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9 Responses to Meet Donna from The Waldorf Connection and a Lovely Giveaway

  1. kangy22 September 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    What you say is so true! When I first started taking care of children in my home daycare over 20 years ago I used to wonder why they were “so clingy”. This feeling moved to prayers for more patience. And now I find myself delighting in the times they return to me because I know that all too soon they WILL be more independant!

  2. twigandtoadstool September 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Oh yes please!!! I’d love to be entered in such a fabulous giveaway!
    Great article…I think today will definately be a “nap” while my child is napping day.
    xo maureen

  3. dayswithdaniel September 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    I really enjoyed listening to the previous series of lectures. I’d love to win.

    Thanks for posting.

  4. Valarie September 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    Isn’t it lovely having donna in our lives. Such a talent at bringing everyone the best. Hope all is well over there. Take Care.

  5. RACHEL September 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    This give away sounds perfect. Every night I go to bed thinking it has to be better tomorrow. I am so drained and can’t help but thinking am I doing enough for 3 year old son. This mp3 sounds like a way to renew my passion as a mother.

  6. Domestic Diva September 23, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    This sounds lovely! Thanks for the chance.

  7. Nina September 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    this is very interesting.

    I really like your blog and linked to it on mine today –

    that shawl you made is just gorgeous. and enjoy your puppy. ours is 5 mos old now and about 50 lb…he’s a joy.

  8. earthboysblog September 24, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    Hi Linda, I’ve to enjoyed many of Donna’s lectures through Waldorf Connection. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Wabi-Sabi Wanderings September 24, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Mama Matrix. Am lovin’ it 🙂

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