RIE Parenting …What The Critics Are Saying
RIE pronounced ‘wry’ is a way of parenting that is based on the philosophy and research of a lady called Magda Gerber. RIE parenting has been a buzzword around Hollywood in Los angles for sometime now and has a ‘celebrity’ following that includes William H Macy, Jamie Lee Curtis , Helen Hunt to name a few.
RIE parenting – Resources For Infant Educarers – is all about slowing down life to baby’s pace and it’s difficult to understand how anyone could disagree with that philosophy. Todays world is too frenetic and we expact says RIE, too much from our kids.
Followerrs of RIE tend to be intelligent creative types and this attracts a lot of sneering from people who perhaps should know better. As with anything critics line up to question anything unknown or new. So this is how RIE shapes up with them.
The most common allegation is that RIE is a secret cult . Nonsense of course. Another is children should be controlled properly as it is the only way of raising them. There has been a lot of weird stuff written about RIE parenting classes too. It is true enthusiastic parents are encouraged to experience what their baby does as a way of helping them understand why RIE classes do what they do.
Parents are hand fed, sometimes ignored, over parented by instructors and criticized when lying on the floor playing. RIE teaches that babies do not need over stimulation and things, desires and movements should be explained to them . Hardly the stuff of a weird cult is it?
It is easy to pick holes in a RIE class and many people do before after persevering suddenly realising that it makes a lot of sense. So parents then understand that to ‘do less and observe more’ may be a neat way of raising their kids. With RIE a baby’s life shouldn’t be a struggle but a path to their authentic self.
Taking traditional toys away from a child is the way of RIE but unlike some articles we have read there are RIE toys that are simple and do a better job. Cups, spoons or even a simple scarf are taught to be more suitable and with RIE and the teachings of Gerba will stimulate imagination and motor skills within the baby or toddlers brain. Just like the ‘old days!’.