by Laura Berthiaume November 09, 2021 2 min read
Ever wished grocery shopping with your children was easier?
It can be frustrating to have to repeat “Don’t touch that”, “Put that down”, or “No, we can’t get cookies today” throughout your trip.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a parenting trick that kept our children right next to us while we shop and we never heard a peep about the candy at the checkout?
Well I’m here to share… Montessori doesn’t have one.
Rather a Montessori approach understands that children are natural explorers. They simply cannot resist the urge to touch, pick up, inspect, shake, etc.
The world is still so new and exciting at this age…. and it’s a beautiful thing to watch, just not when we’re grocery shipping. I get it.
The trouble is that we can’t really pick and choose when they’re curious and inquisitive and when they’re not.
We can set limits, give reminders, explain why not to do something… but at the end of the day, a 3 three old will almost always want to see everything up close, feel the weight of it in their little hands, and have a dozen questions to go along with it.
This is a GOOD THING and too many "no's" or "don't touch that's" will eventually discourage their inquisitive nature.
So what can you do?
If possible, the easiest thing to do is not bring them. Don’t put them in situations where you are forcing them to go against their very nature.
But life isn’t perfect. Sometimes we have no help or food for dinner on the same day.
So we can balance these "no" situations with plenty of opportunities to explore freely, like:
And don't be too hard on yourself. Every parent will put their child in situations that require more self-control than they might be capable of. It's just about balance and empathy for our little ones when we do.
If you missed my last email, we've put out our 2021 holiday gift guide with our top pics for every budget and age.
Go here to check out the guide > https://themontessoriroom.com/blogs/montessori-tips/gift-guide-2021-our-top-picks
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