Will Scherer puts away dishes while carrying his eight-month-old son Oscar on his back Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014 at his home in Columbia, Mo. Scherer has taken on the role as a stay-at-home parent since moving to Columbia for his wife's job as a professor at the University of Missouri. Before, Scherer owned his own technical repair business and was a social worker in St. Louis.
Laura, left, and Will Scherer serve eggs, toast and fruit to their children Oscar, eight months, and Elsa, 4, for breakfast before Laura leaves for work. The Scherers described their daily routine as one where the plan changes multiple times and flexibility is key.
. Elsa prepares to ride her pedal-less bicycle to the Garden Gate Waldorf Preschool down the street from her house. The Waldorf School places great value in exploration through experience, imagination and nature. “In traditional schooling, there is a clear bridge between school and home, work and play; with Waldorf, there doesn’t have to be a separation,” Will Scherer said.
Will lifts his son Oscar up before eating lunch at a friend’s home. “This age is great because it because everything changes with perspective…he starts crying, ‘Ok, let’s go up here instead,’” Scherer said.
Will walks his daughter Elsa home from Garden Gate Waldorf Preschool. “It’s crazy to see what your kids pick up on,” Scherer said about his daughter. “They can be mini-exaggerations of yourself.”
While her father prepares her a snack of peanut butter and honey, Elsa plays with a ribbon in her living room.
Will reads the book “Rumplestiltskin” to his daughter, as she turns the pages.
Oscar plays with an auto-harp while his father gets ready to go to his weekly instrument apprenticeship. Every Wednesday, a friend teaches Will how to repair instruments, so he can soon work while being at home with his two children. Will has a passion for music, and he and Laura host a bluegrass concert at their home once a month; he believes it’s important for parents to show demonstrate to their children that they have a passion and that all work does not need to be monotonous, a belief he gained from his own childhood.