The whole concept of respectful parenting and how it helped us in our parenting journey deserves a post on its own, but for now, I just wanted to share this article written by Janet Lansbury - "Don't Let Your Preschoolers Forget How to Play".
"Yes, it’s true that Kindergarten has transformed into First Grade. Yes, children will need to learn academics, listen and sit still. But that certainly doesn’t mean that these lessons should be straight-jacketed onto them in the toddler and preschool years. In fact, the funneling down of structured learning is all the more reason to let children play while they can. We must fiercely protect this precious, ever shrinking window of time for our children.
Play is enough. Play is enough. Play is enough. This should be our educational mantra for the first 5 years."