Dr. Montessori called the young child a “a point of union, a link joining the different epochs of history, the different levels of civilization”. She spoke very eloquently of the child’s role in preserving and evolving human culture from generation to generation. Now, we know that important holidays are already stressful times for parents of small children. Does this mean you should forget worrying about giving your child a magical Christmas… and start worrying about your obligations to preserve the Christmas Spirit for countless generations after?
Not quite. Instead, we may choose to look at her message as a an admonition to shift our view – to shift our perspective away from the adult, tracking the various measures of our lives, and instead look at the child and the experiences they live. The child does not have “built-in” expectations, for holidays or for everyday life. Instead, they create their humanity based on what they encounter, what we share with them.
So this holiday season, I encourage you to: