Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Why Can't I Blog? I Can't Blog!

Last night, we went to a seminar at Mac's school called, "Independence in the Montessori Home." As part of the course, we watched an inspirational video about how Mac could do everything all by himself in the house all the time without any help from us.

All it takes to achieve this idyllic lifestyle is lack of concern about basic safety, hours to spend on even simple tasks, and millions of stick-on hooks.

One Montessori kid in the video gets up before his parents and prepares perfect omelets by standing on a stool in front of the lit stove. Then he grinds coffee and prepares his mom a latte. That kid is 8.

Another kid makes her own homemade lemonade and gardens for hours each day.

The littlest kids dressed themselves while smiling broadly and assisted their moms in sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting.

None of the kids watched televisions or ate processed foods. Did any of the parents actually have jobs? Because it seemed like they were spending all of their time watching their children trying to button their shirts for hours at a time.


Gina Marie said...

For the first time in my life, I have an urge to have an 8-year-old child.

MQW said...

I love Montessori but that video sounds somewhat over the top!

Martha Pettee said...

Ha. This is super funny. And Devin did make eggs and grind coffee at 5 - it was terrifying. He also took apart most of the appliances in the house. Had nothing to do with Montessori because he refused to do the "hard work" there.