Without a spiritual perspective, our heart's natural caring in parenting can be overpowered by the speed and materialism of modern life, by the pervasive values of the media, by the accepted norms of stress and violence. Without a respectful attention, we allow the media and modern pressures to hurry our children to grow, forgetting to protect their dependency and vulnerability. We forget to trust that children naturally become independent in their own sweet time. Without attention to our hearts we become like the generation of parent who followed popular experts in refusing to feed or pick up crying children, even though every wise instinct and cellular impulse in their body called for them to hold and comfort their child in pain. With respect we can offer our children protection and wholehearted nurturance, while at the same time setting appropriate limits on behaviour. Our spiritual teaching will be conveyed not just in our words but in the integrity of our daily life, how we demonstrate the deepest values of our heart (Kornfield, 2000, p.226)".
The second piece on respect is a link to a wonderful post by Cathy over at A Montessori Home. Cathy is a Montessori trained teacher who shares how she has created a Montessori home for her child. (Actually, do yourself a favour, make a big pot of tea and read ALL of Cathy's posts - from beginning to end. You'll be very glad you did.)