This two-minute video gem (uncovered by my clever husband Mike) illustrates the immediate benefits of independent play (a cornerstone of RIE parenting) far better than any of the thirty or so articles I’ve posted on the subject. I’m humbled and thrilled to share this slice of parenting heaven. It’s reminiscent of scenes I often witnessed with my own children when they were small.
Michael Caulder, the dad who made this video and allowed me to share it, writes:
“…kids are allowed to make up their own games with their own rules and contrary to what you’d expect, these games are usually quite peaceful.
I always thought that kids were these beasts you tried to contain, especially with multiple boys. But generally, with RIE and Waldorf (and enough sleep) they’ll take care of things on their own. Of course, anyone RIE or otherwise will tell you honestly that once you have a three year old, the peaceful demeanor takes many holidays throughout the day; but the beauty is that they always seem to find their way back to a really peaceful base.“
Thank you, Michael!