Episode Ninety-Four: Meagan Wilson on Creating a Strong Family Rhythm
I got the opportunity to speak with the lovely Meagan Wilson, a parent coach and educator who has supported hundreds of families in creating a strong family rhythm that is cohesive and aligns with their values and culture. Her mission is to help parents and caregivers create more clarity and balance within the home.
Meagan spoke about how her interest in intentional and holistic routines began when she found a playgroup in Melbourne for her son when he was 1.5 years old that was based upon the Waldorf/Steiner education principles. She fell in love with the concepts, furthered her education and eventually got her teacher’s training as a Waldorf teacher. She views her work as providing the opportunity to become a bridge between Waldorf teaching and the home, where those without traditional access are still able to learn and benefit from the concepts and principles.
She then spoke about a concept that she found pivotal in allowing freedom for a family: the idea of following rhythms as opposed to routines. Meagan explained that a routine can bring with it excess rigidity, stress and make children unable or unwilling to adapt to change. In her experience, she recounts that children following rhythms still have the guidance of some semblance of structure yet are still provided with chances to independently play, lead themselves and adapt with indicators of natural growth.
We then discussed the (sometimes-polarizing!) topic of screen time, and how to navigate it. Meagan talks about the interference that devices can cause, specifically the missed opportunities for in person interaction and connection if we constantly have our head buried in our screens. She believes consciously unplugging is a great way to combat this, but appreciates and is aware of the complexities of this issue.
Lastly, we spoke about family values. Meagan believes it is critical for families to be communicative of this as to ensure everyone is on the same page. She talks about an exercise of writing a “family manifesto”, where specific values that members of a family all resonate with and stand for are selected and written down, so it can serve as a daily reminder and can be easily referred to.
To hear more about Meagan’s experiences and knowledge, tune in to Episode 94 now!
About Meagan Wilson
Meagan Wilson is a Waldorf parent educator.
After finishing a BA in International Development, Philosophy and World Religions she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education at Sydney Steiner College and her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner College in Toronto.
She lives on a small hobby farm with a herd of goats, a flock of chickens, her husband and four young children.
What You’ll Learn
Family Rhythms vs. Routines
Why Bedtime requires more attention than other parts of the day
Importance of “inner” and “outer” warmth
What a “family manifesto” is, and how to write one
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