Wednesday, 25 July 2012
A perfect fit!
I'm currently obsessed with anything Montessori and Waldorf related. I always find it strange that parents invest so much time and energy in order to find the right umbrella stroller (update: I'm talking about me...so please people, don't take it personally!) but seem pretty lost regarding their child education (update: I'm also talking about me).
When I decided to become a black sheep and stay at home with my daughter after my maternity leave (Alice was 11 months old at the time) I didn't know what to do with her exactly. Taking care of a baby is a piece of cake because they don't require much to be happy but a toddler is a bit different...and this freaked me out! By moment, I asked myself if I made the right decision...after all, I don't know anything about toddlers.
This is when I got addicted to Montessori and Waldorf blogs!
A bit like Attachment Parenting, I incorporated a lot of Montessori and Waldorf elements with Alice without knowing that it was actually attached to a specific "school of thought". And, believe me, this "lifestyle" fits us like a glove!
Montessori and Waldorf stress the importance of the natural environment. Luckily for us, it takes us 5 minutes to get to the beautiful Montreal Botanical garden (free with our Montreal citizen card). At least once a week, Alice becomes a "free range" toddler and rules the Botanical Garden during a few hours.
The Botanical Garden is her playground and I let her explore as she pleases...even if it implies playing with a little pine cone in the Chinese Garden during 30 (long) minutes...frustrating at first but very zen once I stopped acting like a crazy tourist!