I wasn’t too keen on attempting a nature walk this morning. There is nothing I hate more than the combination of coldish winter weather and rain. It is next to impossible to enjoy oneself when drenched AND cold.
So, I opted to continue stealing ideas from the amazing educators and mamas that populate the interwebs. This morning we played around with contact paper and different light-weight material, including: lavender pellets, dyed feathers and tissue paper shapes. Like the fab writer of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, I noticed that my little learner needed a few minutes to play with the idea of things sticking and pulling them off. I really enjoyed watching him smooooth out the tissue paper over the sticky film, trapping lavender underneath.
We quickly moved onto another lifted activity – again, from the wonderful mama over at TinkerLab. I gave A a plate with glue, some q-tips, some buttons I picked up on Queen West for super cheap and some red cardstock. He got to work placing the glue and buttons in not any particular order. After a couple of minutes, he decided to create a heart outline and fill it in with the red buttons.
A was happy to return to the wonderful world of his indoor sandbox after playing with sticky substances. I can not tear this kid away from this sand. It’s funny because digging and digging paraphenalia became less interesting to him around September. But, it seems to be at the forefront of his playing all over again. Fair enough. We dug, added water, bathed the digging tools. Fun all around.
Last night I read an article from f-word that left me a little frustrated and angry with the myopic view offered by the author Jane Chelliah. Her article seems to suggest that the “mummy blogsphere” is the antithesis of feminism. She goes a little further in her argument by claiming that mummy bloggers only sustain and support the patriarcal concept of mothering. I disagree.
Although there are countless blogs written by mothers that put forth a vision of mothering that subscribes to a more damaging image of mothering, there are also numerous ‘mommy/mummy bloggers who are intelligent feminists (PhD in Parenting, Feminist Mom in Montreal, The Feminist Breeder all pop into my brain without even trying to think about it) who share stories of their mothering through a lens that is just as much about feminism as it is about their parenting philosophy and practices.
Also, I hate the subtle implication put forth in the introduction to the article: women who chose to stay home with their children are not engaging with their world, nor are we allowing our children to reach their full potential by limiting them in not sending them to daycare/childcare.
This argument is flawed and fails to acknowledge the choice of intelligent women to raise their children while continuing to care for themselves in the various ways that make sense to them and enrich their intellectual, spritual, physical and emotional lives. Why does it have to be one or the other?
And as far as my son is concerned? He doesn’t attend daycare. He learns at home with me. He has friends. We hike. We talk. We read. We go to provincially funded drop-in centres. We attend various private lessons. We deconstruct images we see in books and media. He is 2.5 and I think he already has a pretty good (developmentally appropriate) understanding of gender, race, and feminism. Stuff I am not so sure he would have access to in a daycare setting.