Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Limiting Consumption- Beyond Montessori.
Montessori is known for limited items for children, but this idea needs to be for reasons beyond independence. We need to help children understand why. We need to talk to children in a real way about consumption and what it means. It may seem grim, but I tell my children daily about chemicals in foods, and air, and stuff. I need them to know that making the choices we do are for greater reasons than because I'm a stick in the mud. I need them to know that the choices we make as a family are for environmental/global reasons and for the protection of their future. I'm saddened at this reality and that they are exposed to this so young, but living in oblivion and dealing with the problem later on in life is harder when we have to make these choices daily.
This video came out just before my first daughter was born. As much as I was aware of things, this simple video helped clarify and confirm my belief in raising a family "naturally". Reduce, re-use, and live sustainably. I hope this helps you to make choices and to think before reaching out for things on the shelf. Our children do not need to be inundated with so much stuff. It's not about Montessori, it's about protecting the earth we live on.
Talk to your children at home and at school. Bring about the awareness of living within our means. Just because we "want" something does not mean we need to have it. There is a chain before and after that "stuff" we possess. Children can understand this better than we realize. I'm constantly surprised at how my 5 year old has understood this. Recently, she told me she wants to become a farmer when she grows up so we can take care of the earth and live with fresh milk and food without all the chemicals. ( We are also reading Little House in the Big Woods-by Laura Ingalls Wilder)
A new year is also a new beginning and a new opportunity. Enjoy going Back to School!