Mondays have been a special day for me.
A day on which I have opened my home and invited lovely, like-minded parents to share in a beautiful Waldorf inspired playgroup.
And in so doing, I have set my parenting intentions for the week ahead.
My parenting intentions are to be kind, respectful and gentle with my children.
To guide them with love and understanding.
And my resolve to parent this way has been strengthened and supported by sharing playgroup with my lovely playgroup families.
I notice how they parent their children with kindness and understanding. I see them guide their children with respect and gentleness.
And by noticing their parenting and how they approach different situations, I remind myself of how I would like to respond to my children.
It helps me to see different ways to help my children. To see where I can step back. To see where I could practice more patience.
And this is the beauty of a group like this. It helps me to strive to be the parent I want to be.
And as I held my last playgroup this week, it was with some sadness to be closing this chapter. I’ve loved these Mondays.
But I will take with me what I have learnt, as we find our new Monday rhythm. A rhythm that balances with my days outside the home at work.