A few simple, but important guidelines for providing a healthy home environment for your child. From SPIRAL ARTS (Larry & Victoria Temple).

It’s typically between the ages of nine and twelve that our cute, cuddly little children, once so willing to climb into our laps and share their secrets, suddenly want little or nothing to do with us. Pre-adolescents are not the same people they were just a year or two ago. They have changed—physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. They are developing new independence and may even want to see how far they can push limits set by parents and teachers. This article lists ten ideas worth considering to ensure a smoother transition into the teen years.

This article strikes me as intuitively correct given my experience in a chaotic and violent inner-city middle school. Unfortunately, it is also biased, superficial, and does not provide the margin of error nor a link to the original report for independent verification. Perhaps some future web-sleuthing will dig up a better article or maybe even the original research.

Mulberry Farm, a center for curative education, was created by experienced Waldorf teacher and mentor Robyn Brown. It started in 2001 in San Francisco as a small Scholl for five children. 

No Contest, which has been stirring up controversy since its publication in 1986, stands as the definitive critique of competition. Drawing from hundreds of studies, Alfie Kohn eloquently argues that our struggle to defeat each other—at work, at school, at play, and at home—turns all of us into losers.

Parents of nine year olds often wonder, “What is happening to my child?” Children at this age can become very critical and argumentative, or very moody and withdrawn. Nightmares, irrational fears, headaches and stomachaches often arise.

Our basic strategy for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: Do this and you’ll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in much the same way that we train the family pet.

By Alfie Kohn

Standardized testing has swelled and mutated, like a creature in one of those old horror movies, to the point that it now threatens to swallow our schools whole. (Of course, on “The Late, Late Show,” no one ever insists that the monster is really doing us a favor by making its victims more “accountable.”) But let’s put aside metaphors and even opinions for a moment so that we can review some indisputable facts on the subject.

Twenty-two myths about Waldorf education, beliefs and practices that we find in many, if not most, Waldorf schools in the United States.

There are many websites with information on Waldorf education. Usually they are for a specific school or an association of Waldorf schools. This site is different. It is intended to provide in-depth information about Waldorf education for parents and prospective parents, and to clear up misconceptions about Waldorf education. The goal is to provide a straightforward presentation of the facts.

The #1 introduction to Waldorf Education available today! Often referred to as “Waldorf 101,” this book is often provided to all newly-enrolled families in many Waldorf schools.

This collection of articles—written by parents, teachers and others—offers a “first look” into the history, philosophy, curriculum, and traditions of this unique educational system.

Recipient of a Benjamin Franklin Design Award, 1996.


The years from ten to fourteen are undeniably trying and turbulent for parents and children alike. Adolescents develop rapidly, and often find themselves uncomfortable with who they are and what they’re feeling. Parents often don’t know what to expect from an adolescent who is at one moment hostile and glum and the next carefree and happy.