While I am away from my blog, I am honored to showcase a group of talented writers who have stepped forward with their unique voices in support. Every guest writer who is featured here is one that I strongly suggest you follow. Today, I am please to share with you this guest post from Heather at Very Nearly Hippy. I would greatly appreciate it if you would stop by her blog and leave some comment love.
The hardest thing to do in my life is to leave my baby alone to play.
It would be so easy, SO EASY, to rush in, structure every
moment for maximum learning time.
Oh the delicious sense of self satisfaction I would get from it all.
OK, yeah, no. That sounds a little more like a little slice of hell to me. I don’t know about you, but the “Stepford children/children of the corn” scare the bejeepers out of me.
Children are children, not a Pavlovian experiment.
They should not change work stations at the ring of a bell. Bubby has an entire play room at the corner of the house. The corner.
Can I see him from my computer on the dining room table? Nope.
I can hear him having a ball with his chalkboard table. Or at least the chalk. If I’m not mistaken, that last noise I heard was the sound of chalk being lovingly and artistically applied to my Venetian plaster.
Yep. Just went to check. Pink.
Do you find it challenging to not intervene in your child’s free play? Has anything you have experienced made it easier or more harder for you to allow for their exploration? I’d love to hear from you.
Heather of Very Nearly Hippy is a Mother/Artist/Costumer/Blogger and occasional Pirate. She is raising the Princess (12) and Bubby (1 1/2) with natural parenting, gentle discipline, and ice cream, and has an obsession with craftiness and chalkboard paint (usually at the sametime.) You can also find Heather on Twitter