Practical Life Three


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Of course, we have a broom for Molly.

And while it’s not the beautiful wooden broom with natural bristles (bristles?) I wanted, neither is mine, you know? Our brooms are similar. And hers cost all of 1.50 euro. Oi.

It’s funny because I was reading the other two posts I did on “practical life” in our house and I realized one could be very misled by the lack of detail. VERY.

Such as, for example, Molly has yet to hang another peice of laundry the way she did that one day.

Or, the crackers and bits of cereal strewn about the kitchen.

Or, related to the brooms, Molly sitting in my pile of dust, little broom in one hand and picking up crumbs from the pile and eating them.

So let’s just keep this all in perpective, shall we? Amalia is participating in her own way. She is (almost) one year old, and the important thing is my efforts are to welcome her into our house work in whatever way she is able.

It’s more about an attitude than anything else.
And it’s this attitude that makes our day fun, and my house work a collaborative game that is really truly pleasurable.


2 Responses to “Practical Life Three”

  1. anna Says:

    It is truly pleasurable, right? I have thoroughly enjoyed (and still do) the organizing and engineering of my children’s home sensory, and otherwise, learning experiences. People are often amazed at how we have no plastic kids cups, plates or spongy-handled cutlery. My rambuctious and precocious boys can actually drink from glassware (and have for a while) and eat with real silverware. Although its something I intuitively was aware of before (I think)—children learn more authentically in an environment that is practical and applicable to their life; not a fake, plastic, cartoon, sugar-clouded imitation of the world they inhabit,

    • Rachel Says:

      so true- children WANT to participate in the real world, and i think you actually have to work pretty hard to knock them off course, placing that “fake, plastic, cartoon, sugar-coated imitation” in front of them all the time, forcing them to want it, until they do after the first years because they feel they should and its too late.


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