Hi, I’m Aisha. Welcome to Trusting Children. I created this space to share my passion for respectfully treating children. My discovery of respectful parenting started a few years before I had children of my own. Early on in my teaching career a friend gave me a book by John Holt. This was a turning point in my career and my life. I got sucked into reading and learning about the fascinating minds of children. How amazing they are, how curious about the world, how passionate, resourceful, courageous and caring. I have observed and learned from hundreds of children that I taught over the years and my admiration for them has only kept growing. A few years before my children were born my cousin introduced me to RIE, Janet Lansbury’s and Magda Gerber’s work. Again, this had such a huge influence on me as a person and as a teacher at the time. I started implementing the RIE philosophy in my nursery and witnessed an incredible development in the emotional and social interactions of my students.
When my daughter was born RIE helped me navigate through the confusions and worries of being a new mum. I threw myself into reading and learning as much as I could about it and absolutely loved how it enabled me to really understand my daughter and her needs. When she was about a year old I re-discovered Montessori. I say re-discovered because I had already been aware of the philosophy and method. My mum trained as a Montessori Guide and I used to go to a Montessori school when I was younger. I used some aspects of it in my teaching, but I became truly passionate about it when I started implementing the philosophy at home. It opened up so many doors of opportunity at the same time calming so many worries and anxieties that come with toddlerhood. Once again, I was swept away reading and learning as much as I could about Montessori and how to implement her philosophy of educating for world peace, starting at home.
There are many other parenting and educational philosophies that I take from, it’s too much to mention them here. I can definitely say that RIE and Montessori have had the largest impact on me personally as a parent and as a human being. I would never say I am 100% this or that. I believe that as a parent we have a responsibility to educate ourselves and then take the best from what we have learned to help ourselves and our families grow together.
I have 3 children. My daughter was born at the end of 2016 and my twin boys at the start of 2019. There is a 2 year and 1 month gap between them. We also have 2 dogs, our house is never quiet! We have been living in Prague, Czech Republic for almost 10 years, all of my children were born here.
I have always loved working with young children. However, over the years I realised that as hard as I was trying to help children, it was often the parents that needed help and support. Parents would often ask me for advice on how to cope with their children’s behaviour, meltdowns, resistance etc. This is why I decided to start Trusting Children. I want this to be a place where parents can seek advice and comfort in knowing what to do when traditional or mainstream parenting methods don’t always feel right. Living abroad myself, I know how difficult it can be when our closest family is on the other side of the world, which is why I want to build this community where parents can connect with others, share stories and encourage each other in this awesome journey of parenthood.
I’m glad you are here, make yourself at home. I’m always at the end of an email if you need a little extra love.