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Creating Sacred Space for your Children

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Jeanne-Marie is the owner of Voila Montessori; inspiring families to design baby and children focused environments, guiding them to create peaceful and harmonious homes that encourage independence and confidence for their children with easy and simple solutions.

She can be contact at info@voilamontesori.com or visit www.voilamontessori.com for more information.

Got children?

So you’re expecting a child? Or you might already be living with one (or 2, 3, 4…) at home. Here are a few tips from Jeanne-Marie owner of Voila Montessori, on how to easily create a peaceful, harmonious environment for the whole family.

Let us consider the four areas needed for any child:

~ The sleeping area; contrary to common knowledge does not always need to include a crib.  A simple floor bed will often suffice, it is actually highly recommended on many levels. This area will need minimal changes over time, once it is properly set-up.

~ The feeding area; in the best case scenario the child’s first food is the mother’s milk, therefore this area should be set-up for the caregiver to be as comfortable as possible and free of any distractions. This is true whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. As the child’s needs changes and curiosity of solid foods increases the feeding relationships changes. A weaning table and chair are ideal otherwise a chair that will evolve with the child such as a Tripp Trapp is ideal. Meals from the very beginning are a bonding and social relationship, it is important to model proper cultural etiquette and be fully engaged with children.

~ The physical care area; it is important that this area first be set-up for the caregiver to be comfortable and organized, having everything at arms reach. Consider the orientation of the changing table so that you are facing your child. Looking at them straight on and not sideways, as many table would have us do. When physically caring for a child you are giving them a lot of information about their body image and body scheme so be sure it is well balanced. This area evolves as the child becomes aware of its bodily functions and becomes sensitive to toilet independence.

~ The movement area; this will be the area with the most changes as the child’s developmental needs evolve and both his/her gross and fine motor coordination develops. At the beginning a comfortable thin matt or a folded up blanket will do the trick, this is best if placed up against a wall with a horizontal mirror placed along side. The mirror will give the child information about his/her body scheme and capabilities as well as encourage movement. Have you ever noticed how much pleasure babies have in seeing themselves in a mirror? As the child begins to get into a stable sitting position on its own it is a good idea to place a low bar in front of the mirror, this will encourage pulling up to a standing position, from there they will cruise back and forth on the bar before letting go. As the child starts exploring his/her mobility by crawling and then walking the entire home becomes the movement area! Be ready to give them lots of opportunity for safe exploration.

An important thing to remember as in Feng Shui, the child’s home should be simple and free of clutter; less is more in a child’s home. Prefer natural made toys or objects for them to explore giving them a lot more sensorial information then plastic.

“To assist the child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” Maria Montessori.

Jeanne-Marie is the owner of Voila Montessori; inspiriting families to design baby and children focused environments, guiding them to create peaceful and harmonious homes that encourage independence and confidence for their children with easy and simple solutions.

She can be contact at info@voilamontesori.com or visit www.voilamontessori.com for more information.

 

 

 

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