“The growing and developing in the child listens to the growing and developing in the teacher. Therefore, just as much as the teacher works on himself, so much can he work on his pupils and so he can teach them. Education and self-education are one and the same. This knowledge takes away the sense of inadequacy. The question is not how far I have come and how much I can accomplish, but rather that I must constantly struggle. I can give to the children to the same degree that I work on myself. “
~Erich Gabert Education and Adolescence
For a Waldorf teacher this speaks volumes, but for a parent it also applies.If we substitute the word parent for teacher, and child for pupil, the message is abundantly clear.