About a year ago I started reading a lot of Waldorf mom blogs. (homeschooling and otherwise) There is a wonderful homemade crunchy feel about them, and the effort that these women put into their homes is inspiring. I have since found my self drawn into a lot of Waldorf type things, mostly in the form of early childhood development and general family environment; not so much educational. There is a lot of things in Anthroposophy that I do not agree with at all, but there is a lot that makes sense, and I have started to implement into my parenting.
I grew up in an old drafty farm house, with a wood stove and a kerosene heater as it's only source of heat. My main memory of winter, every winter, was being cold. Bone aching, shivering cold- all the time. I know how crippling being cold can be. I also remember (when I was about four) rushing to get ready to play with my siblings in the snow. I couldn't find my mittens, so I went without them. After about an hour of sledding, my hands had passed the raw stage and were completely numb, but I still didn't even think about going inside. After a while my father came out to check on us, and was horrified when he saw my hands. He asked why on earth I went outside without any mittens on. The reason is that a four year old doesn't have mature judgement, and is willing to put up with the pain of frozen fingers, in order to not miss out on some fun.
I find my self being much more aware of how the kids are dressed this year, as the weather is getting colder, and making sure they stop and put on a coat or shoes before running outside. I am also more aware of other children. (Yes, I probably need to mind my own business) I often see little children out in a T-shirt on days that I'm wearing a coat and hat, and where as I've always hated to see little bald headed babies out on cold days with no hat on, now I am almost tempted to say something.