The one thing all Montessorians have in common is that they "Follow The Child" in their teaching and in their parenting.
Just recently, I was happy I listened to my instincts and followed my child. One of my tots is terrified of man dressed as Santa. Happy from a distance, a wave at the mall has her enchanted. However, she snuggled in tight to Daddy when it was her turn. I know many parents that would have her 'toughen up' and just sit for the picture. I do not feel for my child that is was worth it. Little Sarah was just as happy to wave from afar, and our listening to her request saved her the stress of being frightened for a simple photograph. She is still talking about how amazing it was for Santa to wave to her! That was one parenting moment where I followed my child. On the way home, we were both thankful that we knew enough to let her be. How about you?Feel free to comment here and share your Follow The Child story.