“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” -Maria Montessori
If we want them to listen we first must listen to them. I know I need this inspiration almost daily. Especially if that listening involves whining! I've learned though, that the better environment you've created, the more your sprouts are comfortable testing both you and that environment.
Take that as encouragement! You're doing something right!
An education not gained thru experiences is not a strong foundation. And if you're like me you want your children to be rooted deeply in the basic understandings of life. And to have an environment where they are free to experience and test...that's just priceless!