I received an email today from a director of a Montessori school in the Southeastern part of the United States. She asked if she could reference a post I wrote on Toddler Communication in an email she sends out to her parents. Of course I had no objection and immediately let her know that I would be honored to be a part of their efforts.
Then it hit me. A defining moment; I think that is what you call “it”. This kid blogging “stuff” is powerful and driven by a group of adults, many of whom have a full time job of taking care of their families, whose #1 goal is to develop strong, productive, effective, confident, positive, kind people. This work, for the most part, is not included in any sort of economic measure. Well, it should be, because this work, this “blogging” stuff, is changing the world.
The world of education, especially, is in a frightful state but there is this underground movement…so we can be hopeful.
I am part of a private group on Facebook. The members hail from all over the world and cover a vast amount of educational and parenting areas, experts in their own right, like early speech and language development at Little Stories or raising and educating a child with down syndrome at We Can Do All Things. Within this group exists photographers, philosophers, parents, grandparents, educators, entrepreneurs, designers and, well, “typical” people.
I am so moved by this group, I finally had to write about it. So many talented writers, parents, educators and caretakers, experts in their respective arenas, I finally had to share them with you all. Suddenly I was blown away. I sat in a parking lot in my car away from my two young boys for a few hours struck suddenly by an immense amount of emotion.
The power of what this group does on a daily basis is incredible. Not a day goes by that I am not inspired and motivated to do better – to focus on play, child led learning, and emotional intelligence, for example – for our children. The potential of what we can do and what we do is limitless. I do not mean to sound vain in any respect because I am mostly thinking of my peers in this group with their talents and their abilities to reach an extraordinary number of people from around the world. I am inspired by them yet I have never met any of them in person.
What I find so incredible about what the kid blogger community does is the reach. What kid bloggers are doing right now is hugely positive. A sort of underground movement, an answer to the state most of our public school systems have become for our children. I think about Allie at No Time For Flashcards and her talent for early education crafting and know how. I think about Zina at Let's Lasso the Moon and her ability to mobilize and create community. I think about Amy at Teach Mama and am in awe of her thoughtfulness. I think of Rachelle at Tinkerlab and her ridiculous way of drawing me in every time. I think about Deb at Living Montessori Now and her brilliance at moving the Montessori Homeschool movement forward. I think about Melissa at Imagination Soup and her colorful images that draw me in every time. I think about Cathy at NurtureStore and her passion for play and ability to motivate me to want to do better. I think about Maggie at Red Ted Art and the way she inspires with her creativity. I think about all the motivation derived from all the ladies at Quirky Mama. I think about Deborah at Teach Preschool and wish I were one of her students, or better yet one of her grandchildren.
Honestly, I could go on and on and on…this group of kid bloggers is so talented and motivated that they give ME hope for the future of our children in such a messed up world.. The potential difference kid bloggers can make is breathtaking to me, chills worthy impact, folks. Call it an underground movement, call it whatever you want but it is good stuff for this crazy world in which we live. We are connecting energy, talents, motivations and inspirations from all over the world FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN, the next generation.
Now, that, my friends, is powerful stuff. So take a minute and visit these blogs, log onto Pinterest and explore the ideas and activities. You will be better for it.
Thank you for choosing to visit today…