I’ve been thinking quite a lot about family traditions lately.
The Oh Waily family has a couple that come to mind instantly. Every Sunday morning we have pancakes for breakfast. It goes without saying that the kids love that.
And the second is a much older one, Miss Oh Waily has her own song. I created it when she was born and it is her soother before sleep. She asks her Dad and I to sing it to her when she feels the need for comfort or closeness.
So when I read this review by Nathalie Foy I was spellbound. We, like many parents, read to our children as part of their bedtime routine and have done so since before they were born. I had always harboured the hope of being able to continue this practice for as long as I would be allowed. I secretly hope to have the sort of relationship with my children that will involve the sharing of books, ideas, and the love of reading until we all grow old together.
But to manage to read each and every night like this father and daughter did. Oh my.
I will be putting a reserve on this once it arrives at our library, it sounds inspirational.
A little bit later I read this post by Litlove. It addresses something that the Oh Waily family will be dealing with in a few years, but has been on my mind for some time. The potential negative aspect of schooling, and how to keep the curiosity alive in a child for as long as possible. It was one of the reasons I was attracted to the Montessori style of education, where the child is the driver of their learning. It is something of a quandary I find myself in. Find a way to teach using the creative pull of curiosity, or join the mainstream push-style of education? I know which version I wish for my children but sometimes what you wish for and what is possible do not match.
The internal debate goes on. At least I have another year before I have to make a decision.