Being in the classroom with my young charges over the years has been profoundly satisfying, but I think the most fun I have ever had was the past year spent in Parent/Child classes at The Denver Waldorf School. And that is because the beautiful babies were there, ages 1-3, and you, the parents, were there, and it was so much fun to talk and play and laugh together while discussing and admiring the youngsters. I learned a great deal about myself as a parent and a teacher while supporting your children’s growth and development during that year. You were my heroes as you kept striving to be present, to be flexible, and to have intention in your parenting.
When I was a youngster of about 10, every day around 12:30 p.m., a darling young woman who lived next door would come rambling up our front steps with her 3 children in tow to have a “coffee klatch” with my Mom. The children would play while Donna got her “Mom fix” from my Mom. I was about 10 years old and would hang on the sidelines to hear what the grownups talked about. I don’t remember my Mom giving much advice, but the two ladies (one about 28 and one about 48) would share tea (not coffee) and camaraderie, and every day Donna would leave saying, “Mary, I guess I’ll keep up this parenting thing for just one more day!” and the two of them would laugh. My Mom would always reassure her about what a wonderful job she was doing (because she was). My parents favorite joke (since they had 12 children) was that the other spouse could leave at any time with one stipulation – they had to take the children with them. So my Mom was in for the long haul as well.
Since the coffee klatch days are not as prevalent (my best friend is in her early 40s and never heard of the term), I thought it would be fun now that I am semi-retired from teaching, to start a blog where many of the wonderful parents I have known over the years, and some new friends too, and I could continue to share ideas and support for each other in our life long job of parenting. I grew up in a family with 12 kids, raised 3 children to adulthood, and taught 1-6 year olds for 20 years. You all come from unique families and have all sorts of parenting experiences. I will blog about a topic and hopefully many of you will comment and add your ideas to the mix as that is how I will know where to take our topics. The best ideas come when a group is focused on the same topic, so join me for some fun talking about our favorite people in the world and we will all keep expanding our ideas.