In the dark corners of my hard drive I found this document published by AWSNA: Mathias Wais, The Unfolding of Sexuality, AWSNA Journal Project #3 (June 2004). I assume it’s still available online if you search it on google. Quote:
The rule for answering questions is: The questions should not be immediately answered in a scientific way, but rather “soul pictures” should be given. An example is the question about where one comes from. It is a matter of accurately listening to what the child is really asking. The question: “Where did I come from?” or “Where do children come from?” is not meant in a sexual-physical way, but rather in a more encompassing soul-spiritual way. An answer that only presents the bodily processes would disappoint and confuse the child. The child much more wants to know: Where does my “I” come from? In other words: Where was I before? This is a question about the spiritual beginning of human beings about which the child still has intuitive knowledge. Therefore, the right answer is a soul-picture, a picture that contains spiritual food for the soul and one which confirms what the child senses. An example would be: “High up in the clouds there is a big meadow where you lived together with many other people. One day, God called you and sent you into Mother’s womb so that you could be warm and protected as you grew inside because Mother and Father wanted very much to have a baby. One day you were so big that there was no more room for you inside Mother’s tummy, so you wanted to come out. So, Mother let you out, wrapped you in a warm blanket, gave you warm milk to drink and laid you in the cradle.” Such an answer, or something similar, is not a lie, as one could perhaps charge; rather the child is taken very seriously with such an answer because with it, I am putting myself into the child’s world, the child’s way of thinking and experiencing.
I have to say, as well, that much of the advice given in this brochure seems eminently reasonable, while some of it is quite wacky. It has some connection to an older post and discussion here on the blog. It’s also interesting because we’ve recently been discussing how waldorf teachers and other waldorf inspired people (like parents who ‘live’ this philosophy at home) reply to children’s inquiries about facts.