Being Present, Seeing What He Sees

Broome, wow. What a beautiful place! Whilst there, we took every opportunity to immerse Van in it and introduce him to it’s sunsets, sand, kangaroos, cliffs and crocodiles! For the most part he saw what we thought he would see, got right in there amongst the crowds, busily moving from one thing to the next; but there were a few times his little toddler self saw what we didn’t, went off on it’s own, and was absorbed in deep concentration.

Whilst my hubby was off searching for dinosaur footprints (and not finding them!) I was stuck halfway up a cliff making sure Van stayed put at that altitude, honestly feeling just a little bit sorry for myself for not being able to take in much of the scenery. And then I looked. Really looked. And saw what Van saw. Step down, step, step, step, step up, turn, step down… I realised that his little body, mind and soul had been doing this for such a long time, at least 10 minutes I’m sure of it! I realised that what I saw was the deep concentration of which Maria Montessori taught us was so important for children’s development. I could appreciate that Van had had the opportunity to follow his own lead uninterrupted, and that I had been present enough to witness him do so.

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.” – Maria Montessori


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