The first few times I heard about RIE, it was with strange descriptions like “the parenting philosophy that says you can’t take your children to the grocery store” or “they advocate treating children like little adults”. It’s nice to see a mainstream story (in a large market, especially) that gets it (mostly) right.
The push to get children to learn faster & younger is nothing new, but every story I read about it makes me sad. And strangely, it triggers the competitiveness in me as well. As committed as I am to letting my children enjoy, explore, and develop at their own pace, there’s a part of me that worries that they’ll struggle compared to their peers. Not enough to put my toddlers through this, though . . .
I love this! My oldest isn’t much of a doodler, but when he is it amazes me what he comes up with. I love that it’s part of the natural learning process, and it makes me excited to see how his abilities develop.
As someone who was labeled “shy” for most of my childhood, I can attest to how much I would have loved to have an adult stand up for me. Labels are always painful — because none of us can be reduced to a single adjective, even if it’s accurate for a particular moment in our life (and possibly many moments that others see). This is a wonderful reminder to lose the labels and advocate for our children.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Lisa Sunbury this week. Seeing her in action was my first opportunity to watch RIE in real life, and it was an eye-opening experience. I have so much to learn! This is an older post, but it showcases Lisa’s patience and wisdom, and gives us permission to trust our instincts and our children.
I love the term slow-parenting. It perfectly describes what I strive for with my kids — in my quest for a slower life in general. It’s made every interaction I have with my children more enjoyable and more memorable, and helps keep our relationships strong.
Pregnancy & Birth
Danielle of Momotics has written some awesome posts about her pregnancy, her previous C-sections, and her acceptance of her scheduled C-section. These are the reflections of her birth a few weeks after. Definitely worth a read!
Love this from Mayim, and especially her perspective as a woman who transferred to the hospital from home when things didn’t go as planned during her first birth. She went on to have her second son at home.
Body Image & Feminism
There almost are no words to how angry this makes me. I’m just adding this to the many things that are wrong with our current medical system.
I’m all about Mayim this Sunday. The awesome Amy West interviewed the holistic mama extraordinaire, and got some great answers!
Fascinating, and thought provoking. Something I don’t think much about, but is worth musing.
Food & Nutrition
Ugh, the bureaucracy strikes again! Really, kids make gardens and can’t eat from them? What is the point of doing all that work if you can’t enjoy a tomato off the vine??
Photo Credit: tibchris on Flickr