Friday, June 12, 2015

Independence

2015 is a terrible time to be a parent. The world wide web has opened so many doors to help moms and dads everywhere freak out over every little decision. Do we let our child cry it out? Do we vaccinate? Do we swaddle? Do sound machines cause hearing loss? Is it anxiety? Is my child gifted? Is that poop normal? Don't ever leave your child unattended. The world is not safe. More kids are being kidnapped, more kids are doing drugs, more kids get lost.....

I have recently seen articles about parents in different parts of the country being questioned by CPS because their child walked to the park alone. I have had numerous discussions with friends and family because I let my child (E1) go to the bathroom in restaurants by herself. She has even gone to the bathroom alone at the zoo. E1 has even left the check out line at Target to walk the aisles alone to exchange something for me while I am waiting for my turn to pay.  (GASP!)

Today, E2 and I were upstairs building a castle. http://magnatiles.com/



This activity did not interest E1, so she asked to ride her bike. E1 rode her bike, outside, unattended. 

When she came back from riding her bike she told me about how fast she rode down the driveway, what sharp turns she made on her bike, how she saw a neighbor and since she knew her, she waved and guess what - the neighbor waved back, she saw a butterfly, she went really really fast, and went up and down new driveways. E1 stayed within the boundaries we set and had a great time.....alone. 

Alone, where she can take risks without the weight of someone seeing her fail. 

When no one was watching, E1 learned to go across the monkey bars.
When no one was watching, E1 learned to shampoo and condition her own hair.
When no one was watching, E1 learned to ride her bike so quickly she had to take a sharp turn.
When no one was watching, E1 learned how to take risks.
When no one was watching, E1 gained independence.
When no one was watching, E1 gained self confidence and maturity.





7 comments:

  1. Good for E1! I wonder if Montessori moms tend to let kids explore (within limits) independently. I see value in figuring this out. I struggle more now of letting go now that my kids are 16, 14, and 12. I am more afraid of the world. Not sure why.

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  2. I have no idea if Montessori education vs traditional education has anything to do with taking risks - that'd be an interesting research project
    When I am a mom of teens, let's see how the blog reads then! :)

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  3. Hell No!! When no one was watching E1 got taken!! I'm still a chicken shit! Watch ur kids before i come kick ur ass!! (Just kidding sort of) I'm still a helicopter mom and proud of it.

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    1. LOL. You can helicopter E1 next month :)

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  4. Please stop using e1 and e2. Please use eugenia and emailia

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