“Listen with ears of tolerance.
See through eyes of compassion.
Speak with the language of love.”
I want to let you in on a little secret. The working assumption of the folks in this little Montessori community is that you are doing the very best you can for your child. And it’s true. We all do our best for our children. Yes, our knowledge, experiences and current life demands mean that everyone’s best looks different. But we know… the bedraggled morning, the bedtime that’s too late, the breakfast in the car… We get it, you’re doing your best. Even when you feel like you’re not, you are.
Every person’s best is influenced by the skills, tools and energy they have at any given moment. We’re here to provide support and information so that your best optimally aligns with your child’s needs.
Let me be clear, it’s not that your best isn’t good enough – it’s that parenting is best done in community. It takes a village, not just to raise a child but to raise ourselves to the task. The more knowledgeable we are about our child’s developmental needs, the better we can meet these needs. When our best aligns with our child’s needs, that’s when the magic happens. That’s the sweet spot we are all aiming for in our parenting journey.
So, please take all the blog posts, all the parent education, all the reminders about pick up, drop off and the importance of timely arrivals, knowing we understand that you are doing your best. Every bit of advice is offered recognizing that you want the best for your child.
The beauty of a community is that you don’t have to do all the work. You can lean on others’ expertise. The Villa di Maria community wants to support you. We want to accompany you on the journey.
We see you. You might not feel like you’ve got this parenting thing, but together we’ve got it.
Many thanks to Jordan Lev for the beautiful photographs.