¡Pórtate bien, sé obediente!

Que mucho he escuchado esas palabras en estos días, diferentes personas se las han dicho a Saimir y Gaia (3 y 2 años de edad). Sonrío… pienso ¿quiero que mis niños me obedezcan y se porten bien? ¿Entenderán mis niños lo que quieren decir esas palabras?

 ¿Qué es realmente obedecer?

Esta es la definición que me ofrece el internet:

“Cumplir la voluntad de quien manda o lo que establece una ley o norma.”

 Yo, me veo como la guía de Sai y Gaia, esa es mi misión, no estoy criando robots que obedecen ciegamente a sus mayores y sin cuestionar los mandatos de los adultos. Esa declaración se presta para muchas cosas, los adultos en ocasiones se aprovechan de que el niño obedece para hacerlo hacer cosas, muchas veces cosas que los niños no quieren hacer.

Estoy criando niños que aunque yo les pida que hagan algo, me miran y piensan primero y si no les hace sentido, no lo hacen. Claro, siempre usamos el amor como referencia. Si estamos cruzando la calle, pues no tienen otra opción que darme la mano, eso no es negociable; pues mi labor, como les digo a los nenes es cuidarlos, asegurarme que estén tomando decisiones seguras.

 Aprovecho cada oportunidad para enseñarles, en el momento, la lección que la vida les está trayendo y hacerlos conscientes. En estos días, hemos visitado muchas personas y todas esas experiencias, nos han ayudado a aprender y a recordarles a ellos que no tienen que abrazar o besar a nadie que no quieran, incluyéndome a mí.

 Me preguntan si mis niños se portan bien, les digo: bueno… ellos escuchan.

Es una respuesta vaga, pero es que “portarse bien” no me hace sentido esa expresión. ¿Qué es portarse bien?

En estos días en la isla, observo, miro a mis niños, les dije: “avísenme cuando estén listos para regresar a casa”; parecen estar cómodos, sentirse seguros. Ellos se han criado conmigo y su papá solamente, no reciben “ordenes” de otras personas, no están acostumbrados. He observado como algunos adultos no respetan a los niños, no los ven como unos seres completos, son más pequeños en tamaño pero traen una sabiduría inmensa, acaban de llegar de otros planos más elevados, están fresquitos, con olor a cielo y en sus almas delineado su camino, sus pruebas por expiar. Nuestros hijos, ¡grandes espejos/maestros!

Ellos son para mí y representan un significativo proyecto de vida, nuestra siembra.

 Interesante las expectativas que tienen los adultos para con los niñitos, cada quien posee una percepción diferente de como el niño “debe” de hacer las cosas, cuándo y dónde; no se detienen a ver como ellos deciden hacerlo por si solos, para así aprender de ellos, conocerles y ver florecer la guía interna del niño. Es maravilloso observar a Gaia y a Saimir, siempre me sorprenden, hay tanta sabiduría en un cuerpo tan pequeño.

Mi propósito es educar, sé que como yo, hay muchos padres que pasan por esto con familiares, amigos cercanos, la sociedad en general. Nosotras las madres (algunas) nos encontramos en un continuo estado de “defensa” pendiente a que todas las interacciones con nuestros hijos sean amorosas y respetuosas, observando, asegurándonos que nuestros hijos estén protegidos y se sientan así, no importa lo que esto nos cueste.

Amor y Luz,

Raisa Espinet Batista


Got Montessori?

What is Montessori?

This is a question that has so many beautiful, deep, powerful answers.

First of all, I was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, so my first language is Spanish and tonight, I am stepping out of my comfort zone because I felt in my heart that this message should be in English. Hope you can treasure my words and feel the loving energy that I am sending.

Montessori is a method of education, a philosophy, a lifestyle. Here is a little bit of history to set the scenario:

Dr. Maria Montessori was from Chiaravalle, Italy, a physician, professor, intellectual, educator, wrote many many books on scientific pedagogy.  She  opened the first Montessori school: The Casa dei Bambini in Rome on January 6, 1907. When she graduated medical school in 1896, she was among Italy’s first female physicians! I find this fascinating!

This is a paragraph from her biography shared in http://www.AmericanMontessoriSociety.com

“She was an innovator, a feminist and idealist.

In the years following, and for the rest of her life, Maria dedicated herself to advancing her child-centered approach to education. She lectured widely, wrote articles and books, and developed a program to prepare teachers in the Montessori Method. Through her efforts and the work of her followers, Montessori education was adopted worldwide.

As a public figure, Maria also campaigned vigorously on behalf of women’s rights. She wrote and spoke frequently on the need for greater opportunities for women, and was recognized in Italy and beyond as a leading feminist voice.

Maria Montessori pursued her ideals in turbulent times. Living through war and political upheaval inspired her to add peace education to the Montessori curriculum. But she could do little to avoid being ensnared in world events. Traveling in India in 1940 when hostilities between Italy and Great Britain broke out, she was forced to live in exile for the remainder of the war. There she took the opportunity to train teachers in her method.

At war’s end she returned to Europe, spending her final years in Amsterdam. She died peacefully, in a friend’s garden, on May 6, 1952.”
I have great admiration for this wonderful woman! When we moved to North Carolina from Puerto Rico five years ago, I was searching for my true calling, there where so many things that I liked to do with my life that it was hard to see clearly. I have a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and Commercial Advertisement, but was not interested in pursuing a career in this subjects.

One day talking to my spiritual teacher, she said: “Think of something you are passionate about and love to do, even without getting paid” wow, this was a very deep question… a few second later, I knew the answer: Children! Working with children!

And my search for a school to work in began. I only sent one resume to one Montessori school and I was hired immediately, it was ment to be, without a doubt. My knowledge about Montessori came from my spiritual teacher, her daughter has been teaching for more than 15 years in the toddler house in Texas. Her stories about her daughter’s beautiful experiences as a guide for the little ones inspired me very much, there was a special spiritual connection that I felt with this method.

Also read amazing books that I recommend 100%:

•Montessori From The Start, The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen.

•Understanding the Human Being, The Importance of the First Three Years of Life by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro, M.D.

•Montessori Parenting, Unveiling the Authentic Self by Dr. Jim and Sonnie MC Farland   * my favorite!!!!

Montessori is a movement of learning, a way to honor the children and his natural abilities to learn and discover. There is vast information about this topic, incredible quotes, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite; I will share some at the end.

When I had my daughter, I had an inspiration of creating a Childrens clothing line based on Montessori elements, teachings and materials; this is how #Tribusai was born, because of my respect, love and passion for what Montessori is and how it aids the children’s development in every aspect of life. And this brings me to the reason I wrote this article, the first T-shirt I created was:

M is for Montessori, using the same colors that are used in the movil alphabet to teach children how to write. Pink for consonants and blue for vowels.

I would describe Montessori philosophy as: Love, respect and admiration for the child. Montessorians recognize the child as a complete being, and this is so important to me!

I invite you to read more about Montessori, soon our online store will be up and running and you can buy our shirts!

Enjoy some beautiful quotes from the Great Maria Montessori:

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

“Follow the child.”

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.”

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

“The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth.”

“Of all things love is the most potent.”

Love & Light!

Raisa Espinet Batista


The planet shirt was inspired by our son Saimir Milán. He loved the planets, universe, stars and all things related to space. By his 2 years he already knew the planets by name, descriptions and characteristics (hot, cold, gassy, big, small).

This t-shirt is one of his favorites!

It is fun creating designs based on the interests of our children!

Hope you like it too! Soon we will have our online store up and running. 🙏🏼

And like Saimir always tells me…”mom don’t forget Pluto!!!” 💜

Love & Light!

Dream big like Jupiter🌝💫✨🌟⭐️

Hola, hello, nî hâo, bonjour.

This t-shirt was inspired by the most common languages teached in some Montessori schools.

I worked for two years in a Montessori school in Durham, North Carolina and it was an emersion of this four languages: Spanish, English, Chinese and French.
It was amazing observing how easily they got accustomed to the sounds and new words.

The child and his absorbent mind are able to learn many languages.
Based on Maria Montessori observations,
the critical period for language is from 7 months in utero until 6 years of age. She said that One should talk to their children as they can absorb languages much more easily and learn a 2nd or 3rd language as a child rather than as an adult.

It is a unique gift you can give to them. Teaching a child a new language can never start too early, as in different stages it develops from learning the pronunciation to learning proper grammar.

By age six, in the Montessori classroom, they will have reached the 3rd point of consciousness in language where they will understand that sounds and words have meaning and that these symbols can be used in writing.

They will become fully articulate, and will be able to express themselves in writing, will be able to read with ease, and have a full comprehension of the thoughts of others.

Raisa Espinet Batista
*Source: Daily Montessori / Montessori Books

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