A friend asked me about my mothering philosophy yesterday.
I instantly felt kind of bashful, because good grief! I’ve only been at this for a few months now, I don’t really know what the heck I’m doing! But as I thought about her question last night and this morning, I realized that while I don’t have a whole lot of acquired knowledge or experience, I do feel like I have some pretty great resources at my fingertips. Some really inspiring and educated mamas (and some papas!) who are really great about sharing their ideas with the world. So, I thought I’d put together a little list of some of the places, spaces and lovely ladies that I gather my inspiration from.
I will say that most of the resources I find myself drawn to have a heavy focus on simplicity and slow-living, as well as a focus on home-schooling, Montessori and Waldorf style teaching. These are the philosophies that seem to fit best with our personal feelings about raising children and as we have implemented a lot of the methods in our home, we’ve been surprised time and time again by their effectiveness. Taking the time to not just care for Emmett, but teach him to care for himself, has allowed him to gain confidence and self-assuredness in his growing independence. As hard as it is for me to let him grow up sometimes, I’m so proud to watch him learn and discover and explore.
As I’ve dug deeper into learning about these philosophies, I’ve also been greatly encouraged to discover along the way, such a rich and diverse community of like-minded mamas online. The resources are pretty much endless, depending on your personal parenting style, but here are a few of my favorites:
Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne
Montessori from the Start by Paula Polk Lillard
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth
Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon
And finally, I have a private board that I keep all of my Montessori + Waldorf pins on that I’d love to share if you just message me on Pinterest and ask. I keep it private because the stuff isn’t always the most aesthetically pleasing and to be perfectly honest, I’m a little OCD about my Pinterest. Ha! #honesty
Hope this helps! Happy Friday everyone.