EPISODE 05: The Nature of Children
Do you ever wonder why your child does the things that they do? Have you ever worried about the impact you are having on their growth and development as a person? In this episode, Kate deep dives into what makes our kids unique, how to love and appreciate them for who they truly are, and how to support them with patience and love from infancy through childhood. This in-depth episode will leave you feeling encouraged and prepared to guide your children to become independent and amazing adults.
Mentioned in this episode:
John Locke’s “Tabula rasa” theory on children
“the purpose of the child’s early birth is now clear. It allows for the development of independence, coordinated movement, language, and will, in relationship to an environment set in historical time. Adaptation to human circumstances and custom is therefore virtually limitless. The child is a spiritual being who asks, why am I here? What is my task, my responsibility? Adults need to recognize this search for purpose inlife as they seek to aid the child in her completion as a human being.” excerpted from: “Montessori from the Start” book by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen. This book has been influential to the way I view infancy and toddlerhood, and I highly recommend it!
Here is an incredible interview on infant sleep with James McKenna, Director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame.
“an infant always learns. The less we interfere with the natural process of learning, the more we can observe how much infants learn all the time.” quote from Magda Gerber, childhood expert and author of Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child's Natural Abilities -- From the Very Start
Kim John Payne on the importance of filtering out the adult world. Read more in one of my favorite parenting books “Simplicity Parenting”.
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