How to nurture your child’s sense of wonder

My children are now fully in the second plane.
I have been thinking recently about how to maintain our Montessori lifestyle as a family.
In the Early years, I was very focused on Practical life and preparing their space.
My children were with me. We were using the Montessori materials at home or in the Montessori classroom, as they were coming to my preschool.
As your children grow – especially if you are not homeschooling – how do we keep the Montessori principles?
If you home school, you’ll spend more time with your children, and you’ll probably have less mandatory commitments. So, it might feel easier to have a Montessori lifestyle. But I believe that no matter your school’s choice, you can be a Montessori Family.

For me, the main principle I follow is “respect”:

– Respect for my children’s natural development: are they able to understand that rule?  I also accept that they still have difficulty handling or expressing their emotions (yes 7-year-old children can still have tantrums). 
– Respect for their interests: I would love my youngest to move on from climbing and jumping. I am not a fan of Harry Potter. Yet, these are my children’s interests so I nurture them.
– Respect for my children’s opinion: in the second plane, it’s all about “why, negotiations, fairness and questioning”. It is exhausting. I am raising excellent negotiators 🙂 
– Respect for their time and their choices: this can be tricky when children attend schools. After-school activities and weekends are their time too. Whatever we decide must be decided as a family. And yes, I had to forget about my dream of having a cute ballerina. 
I have shared the text below on Social Media and for me, these guidelines are the ones we try to follow. 
Even if your children go to school, Montessori or not, you will nurture their sense of wonder, their creativity, the inquisitiveness by doing these things:
Let me know in a comment: how do you nurture your child sense of wonder?

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.