Meet Danish Mom Lisbeth living in a small town in Denmark
My name is Lisbeth and I am 30 years old. I live in Denmark with my family of five. We live in a tiny colorful house located 30 km from Copenhagen, Denmark. My daughter Alma is six years old and my son Storm is four years old and our baby Martha was born on the 15. Of January 2010. All of my kids were born in our own home.
Currently I am staying home with little Martha. As a family, we strive to live our lives according to the Waldorf philosophy and our own non-conventional ideas.
What kind of house do you live in? Are you and your family happy where you live or is there anything you terrible miss?
Our house is small, but cozy. I love colors and being creative, so everywhere there are flowered wallpaper, soft cushions and handcrafted furniture in bright colors. I always keep my children in mind, when it comes to our home, a child loving environment. I believe, that they should be able to freely unfold themselves in our home. We do not lack anything in our home….I love my home.
Do you like to spend time on decorating your home and the children’s room?
I love to decorate our home and this is what I spend a lot of time on. I want to create a lovely home for us all. A place for relaxation and creativity.
Our home can be quite messy at times, due to all our craft projects such as knitting, sewing, painting etc. -and not to mention yarn,fabrics and beeswax colors all over. But it is a nice and creative kind of mess!
What places in your new neighborhood do you like to go to for shopping?
We are very privileged to have an organic farm near our house, where we shop for milk and veggies. We usually ride our bikes or walk to the farm and the children love spending many hours bouncing around in the hay or to feed the cows. It is one of my favorite places.
It is such a beautiful place and I feel so blessed every time we are there. Imagine, one could live so close to such a wonderful place.
What's it like to raise a child in your town?
Our town is very small and quiet. It is a nice place to raise children because we live in such close proximity to nature and the sea.
Can you mention some of your ‘how-to-raise-your-kid’ values?
The most important for me in raising my children is, that we as parents are role models, that we strive to do our best so our children will follow through example. I always try to keep in mind, that my children imitate everything that I do. Instead of showering them with lectures of wrong and right, I show them through example.
We love to paint, sew and knit. My daughter Alma is like me very creative and we love to make things together.
What do you do with all the projects your children made at home or in school?
I love the things the kids make. We have walls with all their paintings. I think it is a great way to show the kids that the things they make are appreciated.
Any nice decoration ideas how to hang them, keep them or use them as presents?
We frame the drawings and paintings in colorful frames.
What are all time favorite books for the children?
I love to read books and some of our favorites are by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. We love Pippi Longstocking .
Are you a ‘cook’ or ‘food’ lover or both?
Both, even though my husband is the one doing most of the cooking in our house. He is a much better cook than I am. The kids love to join him and help him with the cooking. I believe that they eat many more vegetables because they prepare them.
What are absolutely forbidden candy or drinks in your house?
They can have candy once in a while, but not so often. We'd rather bake a cake or make our own ice cream. I try however not to be too strict. It is bad in the long run I think. Soda/ soft drinks however, they have not tasted yet.
Are their pets in your household?
When I was growing up I had many pets and I think it's important for children to have a pet to care for. We have cat, but some day we’d like a dog as well.