There has to be a balance between the independence and team player…. Between pride and humble…. Children need to know the Golden Rule…. They need to know the difference between co-dependance and compassion… Raising awesome kids is a really hard job
I think this article, “‘Not Rescuing’ Our Kids Shouldn’t Mean Letting Them Flounder” by Catherine Newman in The New York Times is making such an important point. (Thanks to Lara for the link). In spite of my love of all things Montessori and independence, generally, I am still very skeptical of independence as an end goal. Independence, as a goal needs to be combined with compassion or it is nothing.
That is not an unreasonable approach to shepherding your children into the pasture of responsibility, and we’ve certainly practiced various forms of it over the years with our own children. No, you can’t spend our money on Cheez-Its from the school vending machine because you left your peanut-butter rice cake at home.
But if you’re cold on the hike that I begged you to take with me, yes, I will give you my jacket. Not because I’m the depressed and…
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