Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Being a “Montessori Inspired Parent”

If you wish to be a “Montessori Parent” you-

  • Respect the child and view him as an equal citizen in an adult dominated world.
  • Understand the child and the different stages of development that he passes through.
  • Create an environment that gives him plenty of scope to build his personality by doing constructive work appropriate to his stage of development.
  • Acknowledge his inner urge to do certain kinds of work and let him participate in day to day activities around your home such as cleaning, gardening, cooking and everything else that he is drawn to.
  • Let him explore the environment and make meaningful discoveries.
  • Let him make choices, thereby strengthening his will and moving him towards independence.
  • Let him work uninterrupted for as long as he wishes to and do not stop him unless really called for.
  • Give him freedom to be.
  • Develop the ability to be firm as well as kind.
  • Enjoy each stage of your child’s growth, complain less and observe more.

Dr Maria Montessori, who was the mind and soul behind the popular Montessori method of education followed world over today, spent a lifetime observing and working with children. Her work, research and conclusions have simplified life for us today.

The principles of child development laid down by Dr Montessori are not restricted to education alone. They can be applied successfully in our day to day interactions with children.

If you are inspired by these principles, you would have the benefit of raising your child the Montessori way and thereby get to witness some astounding miracles of child development. For a greater understanding and awareness of Dr Montessori's work, do read her books "The Secret of Childhood", "The Absorbent Mind" and many more too. 

Saturday, 4 August 2012

From the heart, to the child..

If you are expecting a child to be in your life soon, it helps to prepare yourself emotionally- to open your heart and to love. To start loving even before the child is physically present with you. This kick starts the bonding process and helps you look forward to the arrival of the child.

One of the ways to do so is by writing down whatever you feel about the child being a part of your life. Writing helps you express your deepest feelings and get into the groove of sharing your love and time with a new member. It could also help you address and release any fears you have about the changes in your life once the child is a part of it.

Words from the heart dedicated to a child

My child,
I know you are out there,
It’s just a matter of time before we meet.

I have not seen you yet,
Yet the love I feel for you is immense.

Pure and peaceful,
That is who you are.

You are coming into this world,
With trust and with love.

I promise I will do my best,
Especially during your early years,
And thereafter too.

Until you grow your wings,
And get ready to fly.

My child,
I know you are out there,
And also right here in my heart.

I can’t wait to meet you.
I love you from the depths of my soul. 
And respect your life, that is about to unfold. 

Love always...

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