Wednesday 29 August 2012

The (long) daily quote...

 ...from You Are Your Child's First Teacher

"It might sound as if we're back at the same old place - housework - but there are two differences. The first is that we are doing theses activities with awareness and with love. I am reminded of Mother Teresa's suggestion that we do little things with great love. So, when we put a vase with flowers on the table or sweep the kitchen floor, we can try to do it with awareness of the quality of our movements, with an awareness of their beneficial effect on the young child, and with care".    

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Awesome new book with awesome information!

Everyday, during Alice's nap, I will write a quote that was meaningful to me from You Are Your Child's First Teacher


luke and pamela said...

i am so glad you are sharing your readings! a friend of mine who is studying at a waldorf training school to teach waldorf sent this to us when we had our first baby. and i loved the idea of it but it has sat on the shelf waiting me to make time to read it. i want to read it! now i will really try.

i found a very very light parenting book at the library this week i think you might like called "no regrets parenting" it has small ideas on each page so it is easy to pick up and put down. i have just read a few so far, but one i loved is called "pajama walks" where you get your child pajama-ed and teeth brushed and then take a small, quiet, thoughtful walk out in the fresh air for quality time and to mellow everyone out.

Ali said...

Funny, when I sweep the kitchen floor, I am not thinking of the beneficial effects on my children. I am wondering how I failed to get them to eat without dropping food down there and why I haven't made them clean it up themselves.

Should have been more Waldorf/Montessori in my approach in the first place, clearly.

Though it is undoubtably hard work, parenting small children seems in hindsight to have been much more rewarding than contemplating your own errors when your offspring are hulking great brutes, old enough to do better and living proof of parenting error.