Madga Gerber says, "I think of a spoiled child as one whose ability to cope with the world has been damaged (or spoiled). Perhaps her parents worried so much that they tried to remove every obstacle or challenge from her path. Perhaps they got in the habit of being her entertainers or provided enough distractions so she lost her natural curiosity. Or perhaps they didn't set appropriate limits so their child never learned self-discipline. While you attend to your child's needs, allow her the space, the time, and the support to do what she can on her own, whether it's to comfort herself, cry when she needs to cry or freely explore her environment."
The essence of Gerber's ideas are thoughtfully interwoven throughout Harmony and yet we recognize how challenging it can be to find a balance between teaching your child social expectations and setting appropriate limits, while still allowing her the space to explore. There is an unspoken pact within our community that we will be supportive of one another while we allow our children the space and time to interact with each other in order to learn about social interactions through first hand experience.
Thank you for being part of our community and supporting play-filled learning!