This book, by Stephen Spitalny, one of my favorite authors, is just wonderful and I have chosen this book to be our next book study on The Parenting Passageway. I hope you will all consider getting a copy and following along week by week!
Here are some tidbits from the introduction in which I hope to appeal to you WHY this is such a very important book. The second sentence really grabbed me, and I agree with its essential truth:
The challenges we face as early childhood educators and parents of young children are, by and large, the result of diminishing will capacities of the young children. One of the causes is the proliferation of technological gadgets that are promoted as necessary for modern life, and specifically those marketed for children. Consumer culture has conspired to deliver to the young child exactly what is most detrimental for its development (foods and gadgets) while advertising wizards spin these very same products in such a way that parents line up in droves to make sure their child is not left out.
Gadgets take our children out of their willing,which is where tiny children live. Explanations, instructions, the million questions that parents ask children take children out of their will lives and prematurely awaken children.
The goals we look for with small children is to be able to imitate, to be able to live in their bodies comfortably, and to be able to “do” something with themselves. The will of the adult is the answer. We must be active in what we do – we must become makers, says the author. Making food, gardens, toys, dolls, etc is healthy for a young child to be.
Please come with me as we explore this wonderful book that will change how you think and live with small children.
RECOMMENDED RESOURCE, besides the book “Connecting With Young Children: Educating the Will” by Stephen Spitalny is ‘Toymaking With Children” by Freya Jaffke.
RECOMMENDED ACTION THIS WEEK: Get rid of all screens for your children under 12 this week. Turn them off and be done with it cold turkey. I have many, many back posts on this topic if you will search.