Mother’s Day is a wonderful time of celebrating motherhood. In this wonderful holiday children see grace and courtesy shown to parents and grandparents in a special way. They may sing a song, write a note/poem, or give flowers to express feelings to a grandparent or mother. These activities assist the child in developing the skills to become self-aware of others. They know where they belong and develop a sense of self within the family structure.
A child’s first social connection is formed with those who are nearest and dearest to them. Family and specific cultural events assist the child in his/her emotional and social development. Celebrations like Mother’s Day is a time where children can participate and learn the social skills needed to interact positively with others within the family. Children learn the norms of their culture at the same time and in the same manner they learn to speak the language of their family, according to Dr. Montessori, “Children between the age of 2 ½ – 6yrs are going through a sensitive period for learning good manners.” They are absorbing everything around them and they are able to adapt to the order of how some cultural activities are presented, they are also able to exact the movements.
Take advantage of this special time of celebrating your specific cultural traditions or make new ones.
Here is a link to an article in Time magazine on how 9 countries celebrate Mother’s Day.