I’ve shared before how my automatic speed is fast-forward. That’s just how I operate. I’m always trying to get the most done in the quickest amount of time. The problem? It’s the best way to miss opportunities.
Having our Montessori home forces me to slow down. It works as a reminder that the goal is not an immaculate house and well-behaved child. The goal is an education of the whole person, and that often means taking things slow.
For example, Joey hasn’t exactly picked up on the whole putting-things-away-when-we’re-done thing. Which can drive me crazy at times, especially on days when I feel compelled to follow and pick-up behind him. But what I’ve learned is that it’s an exercise in discipline for both of us.
It forces me to take the time–in the moment–to instruct him how to put away materials carefully. Which is why after throwing all his eating utensils out of his drawer in the kitchen we sat on the floor and putting them away one by one. It was adorable.
His concreted effort to hold each piece and put it in its spot. Of course, there was some frustration on his part, which ended with more silverware on the floor, but we finished. Together. Slowly.