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What Children Really Want

Monday, October 27th, 2014 1:08 pm | By Stephanie Woo

Book about baking bread

Last night, we read a book about children making bread. It showed them kneading the bread so hard their faces turned red. 

M (3 years 10 months) asks, “Why is her face red?” 
I replied, “Because she’s working so hard.” 

Five seconds later, M asks, “Can we make bread tomorrow? I want to work hard too.”

M’s little sentence reveals the true nature of young children. We adults can’t understand that because we want to exert minimum effort. We are happiest lying on the beach doing nothing. Children are happiest when they are doing hard work and exerting maximum effort. I thank Montessori everyday for this knowledge.

Needless to say, we are making bread today. The kids will be working and I will be sipping coffee reading a book. 

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