Thursday, March 18, 2010

THINGS TO DO IN SAN DIEGO with your Montessori child

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An afternoon of PEACE at Swami's Beach.
I love taking my son on a "date."  It's just the two of us - exploring new things together.  He loves it, too! Even though he is rapidly growing into a very independent 6 year old - this "mommy time" is still very special to him.  
On this "date," we first went to the Self Realization Gardens.  It is a very quiet place - so I have to remind him of that before entering.  It is one of the most beautiful places in San Diego.  Nestled on the cliffs of Encinitas, the gardens feature koi ponds, tropical and native Californian plants, and stunning ocean views.  It has plenty of nooks for meditation and reflection.  
Sometimes, my son will say "I need peace."  He knows when things are too loud, too crazy, too frenetic.  Taking him to the gardens gives him a moment to connect with nature and himself in a peaceful way.  
After about 20 minutes at the gardens, we head over to Swami's Cafe.  Always busy, this local eatery provides yummy organic dishes.  Breakfast is served all day, as well as a nice selection of wraps, sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.  The tables are all outside and it is nice to feel the warm San Diego sun on our backs as we gobble up our lunch.  It is at this point you may start to think, "I am being really good to myself today."  
Just south of the Self-Realization Temple, is Swami's Beach.  This is a favorite among locals for surfing.  We descend a long series of wooden stairs to the dark sanded beach.  We walk. We talk.  We dig our heels in the sand.  There is no agenda.  No schedule.  No lesson plan.  Just a day at the beach.  Mom and son.  Life doesn't get much better than this!
Self- Realization Temple and Gardens  
215 West K Street, Encinitas (between 2nd and 3rd Street - closed Mondays)
Swami's Cafe  
1163 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas

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