Parenting can be a lonely space. Surely, we have friends and family and neighbors next door who are making the dinners and giving the baths just the same, and we might even talk about it, too. How do you get your picky one to eat better? How do you handle sleep regression? Or, we share pictures and videos and talk about that time we got our baby to laugh for an hour straight. All of this is delightful and necessary, but are we helping each other? Are we filling the lonely spaces?
Help is good. Teamwork, collaborative effort and caring for our loved one’s children as our own — all of that provides relief and stability, but sometimes, even more than an extra hand, we need to feel something that excites us and re-engages us with our children. We need to be enlightened.
I think I want to be here because I want for us to enlighten each other. I would love for us to relate to one another and maybe learn something among one another, too, because we may be busy — so busy that it’s been months since a date night or an afternoon with friends — but we always have the time and head space to feel something, and I think we can achieve that here.
I’m learning about Montessori. I’m surrounded with incredibly talented and passionate people who love their jobs and respect the well-established methods of Montessori, and I’m reading books and observing classrooms and listening to parents and guides who show me what it looks like to change the life of a child. I’m captivated, and I want you to feel that, too.
I want you to know that your child is capable and ready to take on the world today, as they are, but that there are words and behaviors and thoughts and actions you can implement in the home starting now that will empower your child differently than maybe he has been before but will also lift you up to a place where you might feel less lonely. It won’t feel like dinners and baths and rushed schedules all the time — it will feel like you and your family are on your way toward something together, and each glance toward your child will feel like a relief that the future is safe because of him.
Montessori is like that. It can change everything.
I want to be able to help each other. I want to help you discover Montessori in a way that is relatable, because that’s how I’m learning! I still have so much to understand, but that means me and you — my children and your children — we can all grow together, gently introducing Montessori pedagogy into our homes — not because we feel like we have to keep up with something, but because we want the best for our children, and we want to feel good about something, too.
What is Montessori? To me, it’s a more thoughtful and respectful way to be in relationship with a child, and we all can start there. Every single one of us.
About the Author
Angela Tewalt is a writer and mother to two boys. She shares parenting stories, learning opportunities and Montessori inspiration for Guidepost Parent. Want to learn more about our schools? Find one near you at www.guidepostmontessori.com.
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