Baby J started walking a few weeks ago. He’s still getting the hang of it but he is walking very well while holding on to one of my hands and I encourage him to walk at every opportunity. I want to allow J to be independent and to do things based on free will. Now instead of picking him up and carrying him to the car I let him walk holding my hand. If and when he gets tired he always gestures for me to pick him up. After all his legs are little, and they’ve never been used like this before. So I don’t expect him to walk for miles. But we do go on little walks.
Montessori principles encourage parents to give these little guys and girls the freedom to explore. To walk with them but let them guide the way, to absorb their environment and understand it at their level. So I take baby J on exploratory walks. I bundle him up, take him by the hand and let him lead the way. I’m there to make sure he is safe, and to provide him the stability that he needs.
These exploratory walks means that we walk very slow. Sometimes we stop for minutes at a time just to stare at the ground, or we turn ourselves around in circles. Sometimes we walk 10 steps, then turn around and walk back 10 steps, and then do it all over again…round and round. I’m sure that anyone who sees us like this must think we are crazy, but its really amazing for him to see this new world on a whole new level. He’s never walked before, he’s never seen the street from this perspective so its all so new. The walk is a chance to spend time with my son while he begins to understand the world he lives in.
But of course we also had to stop for a few kissey poses. After all we don’t always have a designated photographer trailing us!
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