One of the biggest shocks of being a parent for me is how much you really have to teach your kids. Crazy right? Seems obvious but somehow it didn’t seem obvious before I had kids. There are so many things I assumed they would just pick up by observation? osmosis? nature? I think this is especially true when it comes to good manners. Surely they can just observe their surroundings and determine appropriate behavior? Or maybe a verbal correction/explanation one time will set them straight?
I think for some kids that are socially more sensitive this might work but especially when you are dealing with autism there is no way they are going to pick up on the subtle social cues. That is where the Montessori Grace and Courtesy lessons come in. Continue reading The Present Game – A Grace and Courtesy Lesson