Do we truly see our children? {Montessori, a point of departure}

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(Photo courtesy of Joe Hayhurst, Flickr CC)

I’m about half way through reading Dr. María Montessori’s book The Secret of Childhood. If you are interested in learning more about the Montessori philosophy of life and learning, then I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s a great place to start!

Instead of waiting until I was done with the book to write a review of it on the blog, I wanted to share with you a page from chapter 2, “The Accused,” that stopped me in my tracks. It’s a section that, in my opinion, adults and parents must understand – a starting point, if you will – before they implement any of the other more well-known, practical, parts of Montessori, like the learning tower, or work trays, or child-sized furniture, or neatly-arranged low shelves. Those are secondary.

To prepare you to read Montessori’s words, consider this question: What if, in order to fully and most clearly see our child, we adults have to be the one to change?

I’ve broken down the rather long quotation into bits to give the words time to sink in, and also to share with you how each particular part has influenced me as a new mother.

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La panadera y su pinche: Why I cook everyday with my daughter

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Most mornings between 7 and 9am and most afternoons between 1 and 3pm you can find me in the kitchen. Little Miss E. right by my side.

My father-in-law, during a recent FaceTime call, which we usually make in the afternoons between the aforementioned window of 1 to 3pm, commented, ¿Y ahora, qué, eres ama de casa? Que siempre que nos llamáis, estás en la cocina. (Translation: “What are you now? A housewife? You’re always in the kitchen when you call us.”)

My answer, yup! E. and I cook everyday together. She loves it, and it helps her learn.

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