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  • Seth Mullins

    Freelance writer

    A writer since High School, Seth Mullins embarked upon his most rewarding creative venture when he became a father in 1995. Though he believes that life itself is our best teacher, he did learn to hone his parenting skills when he and his son became part of the Waldorf School community five years later. Waldorf education, with its emphasis on honoring children’s natural development and all the stages that they pass through on the road to maturity, provides a much-needed antidote to the stress and harried pace of modern life. Its faculty endeavor to create an approach to teaching that encompasses not only the students’ academic abilities but also their inner processes and soul life.

    In his articles, Mr. Mullins strives to present his experience to parents, child-care givers and teachers who might not be versed in Waldorf philosophy but who are searching for practical steps to take to nurture and promote the development of children on all levels of their being - body, mind, emotions and spirit. He hopes that his knowledge and insights will aid those who are trying to raise children in line with the innate wisdom that they already bear and help them to develop the skills necessary to find their way in the often-bewildering world of the 21st century.

    In addition to the Waldorf doctrines of Theosophy, Seth Mullins has made extensive studies of Archetypal Psychology and Comparative Mythology. He draws upon this knowledge for his freelance as well as his fiction writing. His novel “Song of an Untamed Land”, published in February 2005, explores the strength of familial bonds in the face of war and unrest in a fictitious country reminiscent of the American West.

    After spending his formative years in New England and his early twenties in New Mexico, Seth finally settled down in Eugene, Oregon, a town with a lot of natural beauty, open-minded people and progressive politics. He spends his days freelancing, working on the next novel in his “Song Cycle”, and doing various creative projects with his son indoors and out. He maintains an ongoing blog on WritingUp where he documents everything from his creative process to his parenting experiences and his concerns about the world at large.

    Articles:
    Parenting
    1. Can a Father Do Nothing but Wait?
    2. Can Surrogate Fathering Make Up for the Loss of the Real Thing?
    3. Coping With the Strong-Willed Adolescent
    4. Creating Healthy Boundaries for our Children in a Lax Society
    5. Diffusing the Heated Moments with Our Partners
    6. Fathers Can Pave the Way to Peace
    7. Helping Our Kids Make the Transition to a New School
    8. Helping Our Kids to Deal With Cliques in School
    9. How Much Interacting with Our Children is Too Much?
    10. Making Peace for the Sake of Our Children
    11. Protecting the Creative Spark in Children
    12. Staying Connected with our Children over Long Distances
    13. Talking with Children about their Adoption
    14. Teaching Children Through Actions Instead of Words
    15. Teaching Kids to Relish their Responsibilities
    16. The Challenge of Modern Parenting
    17. The Weakened Father-Son Bond: Ways to Heal the Rift
    18. When Partners Share a Vision
    19. Where Boys Find their Mentors
    20. Where Do We Find the Energy for Early-Year Parenting?
    Childhood
    1. An Argument against Television for Children
    2. Can Some Children Have Too Much Imagination?
    3. Can Surrogate Fathering Make Up for the Loss of the Real Thing?
    4. Coping with the Differing Needs of Boys
    5. Helping Our Kids Make the Transition to a New School
    6. Protecting the Creative Spark in Children
    7. Talking with Children about their Adoption
    8. Teenagers and the Struggle For Identity
    9. Teens and Personal Freedom: How Much is Healthy?
    10. Video Games and the Developing Child
    11. What Can a Child Do to Make Things Right Again?
    12. Where Boys Find their Mentors
    Marriage
    1. Can Surrogate Fathering Make Up for the Loss of the Real Thing?
    2. Diffusing the Heated Moments with Our Partners
    3. Keeping Romance Alive While Raising a Family
    4. Making Peace for the Sake of Our Children
    5. Talking with Children about their Adoption
    6. The Value of Mediation Even After Divorce
    7. When Arguing Gets Us Nowhere
    8. When Partners Share a Vision
    Education
    1. Finding Age-Appropriate Reading For Our Kids
    2. The Value of Reading Aloud to our Children
    Motherhood
    1. Where Do We Find the Energy for Early-Year Parenting?