Parenting is still new to me. As I said in other posts, I know nothing. It has been a year and each day is more exciting than the last. And each day has new challenges. My son was getting his thigh stuck in the crib to the point that we nearly had to cut him out of it. Never a good position to be in. So we are starting a different approach, and I must admit that at first, I was not too enthusiastic about it.
The Montessori Method
The method is called Montessori, which was developed in the early 20th century. The idea behind it is to have a child-centered approach to it child care and education. Essentially letting the child explore his or her surroundings and learning from the interactions. To do this it requires us to move him to a floor bed (for his safety). We have removed anything in the room that may pose a serious threat to his well being, but left enough for him to explore.
In the last three days, our son has been exploring the room each time we put him down and has been moving back to the bed to sleep. He is taking to the method quickly and better than I ever thought was possible. What does this have to do with trust?
My wife was the one who found this method of teaching, and sleeping. I thought it was a little off the wall and wanted to do research prior to making such a drastic change. I know my wife and understand she would never do anything to let harm come to our son. She does the research prior to making changes. She is an educated teacher and knows so much more about child development than I could ever hope to know.
That is why I need to trust her. She knows so much more than me, her resources for information gathering are beyond my years. I try to give her the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes I am so reluctant simply because I do not know. I need to trust her, and the process.
I also need to trust my son. While he is only 1 and into everything. I need to trust that he is exploring and needs to learn how the world around him works. I don’t have to trust the dresser and other object which is why we removed them or secured them to the wall.
Trust is essential in a family.