The Best Moments Caught Off Tape

The best moments in your baby’s life are often not caught on camera.

They unfold.

When you recognize it,  you know – leaving to get the camera will miss the event.  Or disrupt it from happening at all.

The frustration of not being able to get to your camera quickly evaporates and after a deep breath, you are free to be the sole witness, etching the moment in your long-term memory bank.  As a bonus, that fully aware sensitive observation also effortlessly provides you with the necessary information to meet your child’s needs.

Trapped as an observer without a camera, the adult notices even at play, a baby will need a preferred adult’s guidance to check in with to see that where they are is a good place to be;  to share in an accomplishment;  to hold onto an assortment of gathered objects;  to know when they have reached their physical limits cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically.

And to provide the necessary support -not to rescue her- but to build the confidence in her own capabilities to keep moving forward.

While the best moments in your baby’s life are often caught off tape- sometimes you do get lucky.

Here during a demonstration of what might be a five minute sensitive observation by a caregiver, we almost overlook the baby in the back at play with his bowls as little girl in the foreground connects with her primary teacher.  But then, as she moves off screen, something special happens-  a child’s new discovery of the properties of nature.

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/45944630&#8243; width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen>The Scientist at Play from MMP School on Vimeo.

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