Parenting Pep Talk is a weekly series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.
Today’s post is from Rachel, who is a Montessori teacher, mama and writer. She blogs about the Montessori philosophy, educational activities and parenting at www.rachelpeachey.com
1) Tell us a little bit about you and your family.
I’m Rachel and I’m a US American. My husband is Guatemalan and we have 2 kids, a boy (also known as Peanut on the blog) born in 2013 and baby girl born in 2015. We live in Guatemala in a valley surrounded by 3 volcanoes. I stay at home and my husband splits his time between home and coffee farming. We enjoy spending lots of time with extended family and volunteering at a library we helped begin.
2) How would you describe your parenting style?
I’m a trained Montessori teacher, so I’d say we run a mix of Montessori inspired parenting, positive parenting and rolling with it. We’re very flexible and relaxed. We try very hard to follow our kids lead to see what they need, but we also set limits very firmly.
3) What’s your favourite thing about being a parent?
Oh so many things! It’s an amazing experience. One of the best things is the extra laughter in the home. Also, it gives me an excuse to do lots of crafts!
4) What piece of advice have you been given that you found especially helpful?
I’d have to say that you know best. Each parent knows their child best and should have confidence in what they’re doing. That doesn’t mean you never have to ask for help, but you should feel secure knowing that you’re doing your best and there’s no better parent for you kids than you!
5) What one piece of encouraging advice would you give to a new parent?
Similar to the last question. Trust yourself. You can do it! Also, the rough patches are just patches and when you think you can’t take anymore, your kid will move on to a new phase.
6) Can you share one of your favourite parenting moments?
Aside from giving birth, I’d have to say some of my favourite moments have been:
- Enjoying picnics on the roof of our house (don’t worry it’s flat and surrounded by a tall, secure fence!)
- Reading with my kids
- Hearing them say “I love you”
- Watching my eldest learn the letters in his name
7) Anything else that you would like to share to encourage other parents?
Parenting is an amazing journey. Enjoy it! Each child is different and has something special to offer. I think some things most parents struggle with today are good communication and setting boundaries. I try very hard to use descriptive praise which I think makes a huge difference: http://www.rachelpeachey.com/2016/10/28/why-good-job-doesnt-cut-it-a-montessori-perspective-on-praise/
I use these strategies for setting limits: http://www.rachelpeachey.com/2016/10/10/the-3-golden-rules-for-saying-no-to-your-child/
Finally, as Montessori said “Never help a child with a task at which (s)he feels (s)he can succeed.” This is one of my mantras to help my kids grow up independent and capable.
Thank you Rachel for sharing your positive parenting moments and the advice you have found helpful.
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