talk about it more

a virtual baby book

When she was two, Fiona regularly said "Talk about it more!" to express her desire to know more about whatever we were discussing.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Continuing the circle of respect

I don't know where I've been for the past few months, but I've only just realized that Magda Gerber, the woman who coined the term "educarer" and wrote both Dear Parent: Caring for Infants with Respect and Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child's Natural Abilities from the Very Start died on April 27th of this year. I have for some time been attracted to her honest, natural, respectful approach to interacting with wee ones. Her approach was the inspiration which led Teich and DeBravo-- both students of Gerber's RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers)-- to write Trees Make the Best Mobiles, a book which contains bite-sized meditations which were formative in the way both Ian and I think about parenthood today.

We don't have infants in the house any longer (*wistful sigh*), but her mantra of respect, mindfulness, and non competitiveness extends beyond infancy. So, in the spirit of Magda Gerber, I leave in her honor both one of her quotes and a short video. "Do less. Observe more. Enjoy most."


At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where'd you get that wonderful contraption that grows legs and arms?? love from a very absent (lately) Granny


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