No matter how you define “family,” it is the human experience of being together and loving well that ultimately forges a life well lived. Very little else matters.
Children at Wonder learn to use tools to manage their time and decision-making, proactively creating the journey they desire. They are not passive recipients of a script for their lives but engaged authors writing their own life stories.
Incorporating rituals at home has been important to our family. While there’s nothing complicated or elegant about what we do, we’ve found a deeper meaning in our time together because of these little practices.
Humans are better able to focus on learning and playing freely when not worried about what might happen next. Equally important to learning is the experience of being surprised. Learning at Wonder is designed to be contained in a predictable environment along with strategic jolts of surprise moments that elevate and energize the group.
At Wonder, we push the power of most decision-making into the hands of children. Practicing this shift at home became a life lesson in listening and patience for me. It seemed much more efficient to deliver instructions and just tell my children what to do – often under the guise of giving advice.