Recently, I had a bad day.
A late-for-everything, take-out for supper, yelled at my kids, fat lip of the heart kind of day.
The kind of day where it feels like no matter what I got right, forget how many books I read or the art-making or cooking, it still doesn’t feel like I’m really connecting with my kids. The kind where it feels like every time I sat down to eat, or text a friend, or take a shower, it got interrupted.
The frustration and the guilt turned into a vicious cycle.
At some point on this terrible, no-good day, I realized: respectful parenting and Montessori ideas are a useful guide for our home not because I’ve got it all together as parent, but because I don’t. The philosophy offers tools and support when my own go-tos fail.
I’ve written before about creating space for children to experience error in order to learn, and it occurred to me that I rarely hold that kind of space for my self. It seems silly really — after all, it’s not as though I have nothing left to learn.
This week I’m trying to be more gracious with myself, as I aim to be with my children, in order to foster learning and growth.
That same frustrating, messy, human day, I read these words in the beloved book The Tao of Montessori by Catherine McTamaney, and felt both seen and buoyed:
“Abandon fault. Leave behind the blame placing. Even the best teaching is messy.”
May your messy days be days of learning too.