Faith and Family: Investments in Love
Morgan grew up in Middletown, DE. In addition to being a mom, and caring for her household, Morgan is a full-time teacher who happens to be a Child Development Specialist. For Morgan, that means she knows how to use play-time as learning opportunities for her own children and those she teaches. First, she identifies their learning schema. A learning schema identifies 7-8 ways that kids play. For instance, Morgan has observed that Her 3-year old son, likes putting things in order when he plays. In addition, she also notes that he enjoys playing with things that go up and down. In fact, he loves going up and down so much that he has become a very good climber. “We already suspect that one day we will find him on top of the refrigerator”, Morgan admits. To satisfy his natural tendency to climb, Morgan has begun designing a reading nook just for her climbing baby. She has designed a “reading loft” for him that would allow him to climb up to a pillow-lined space to read from on high.
Morgan loves being outdoors with her boys where they can use sticks, water and even bugs as their natural learning resources. Her oldest son is a 5 year-old and is intrigued by things that rotate and spin. He is already familiar with “centrifugal force”, the force that is created by things moving in a circle. You can already guess that Morgan does not have to work hard to engage her children in learning each day. “The boys prompt me to go outside everyday.”, Morgan says. They don’t know how much they are learning, they just know it’s fun to go outside to play with mommy.
As a Mom, Morgan continues to learn about herself. “My interests have changed since becoming a mother. I’ve learned to enjoy the process and I recognize that I love learning”, Morgan acknowledges. Before having her own children, she wasn’t sure what it would be like to be a Mom. Now that she is a Mom, she sees herself as relaxed, cool and very comfortable in her role. She doesn’t force things on her children or project fear in their presence. At one time, she envisioned that having children meant teaching them lots of rules to keep things in order. Now, she’s of the mindset that making a mess is a good thing that gives children room to learn and experience a variety of things.
Morgan has been married for five years to her husband Lamont. In that relatively short amount of time, they have learned to love and respect one another even when they are not in agreement. “Lamont won’t argue”, Morgan says. As a result, they don’t fight or raise their voices at each other and they choose not to “step on each other’s toes around the children”. When they have disagreements, they focus on respecting one another, preferring to remain logical. Approaching the situation logically means they are willing to listen to one another without making emotionally-charged judgments.
When it comes to her faith, Morgan recognizes that faith means she is a part of something greater than herself. She contributes to the greater good as she learns and grows. For Morgan, it is important that we all know we are a part of something that leads us to personal and spiritual development. As we experience growth, Morgan suggests that we can share our success, and provide one another the benefit of a different perspective.
It is clear that Morgan is a motivated mom who believes in investing in her family. She suggests that any parent who wants to be intentional and make the most out of their child’s play-time should learn about “Whole Child Learning”. I’m intrigued! And, to be transparent, Morgan is my niece and I am very proud of her! It is my prayer that the good Lord will bless her abundantly and multiply the investments she is making in her family.