a podcast for Montessori Parents
Within every child, there is a hidden potential waiting to be revealed. We intuitively know this as parents, and yet our hearts ache because raising these precious creatures is so hard.
By observing and focusing on our child's secret developmental nature and using a gentle, compassionate discipline approach, we can make both of our lives a whole lot easier!
Join me in a weekly discussion about parenting, homeschooling, and the magic of childhood.
Babywearing, bringing heartbeats together, allows social interaction to emerge on baby's terms, and facilitates easier breastfeeding. It should be well loved and fully appreciated in the Montessori community —hands down!
So you want to homeschool your kids, yes? But you don’t want to sacrifice your career for it? You don’t have to be self-sacrificing to be the a perfect homeschooling mom. Working and homeschooling at the same time isn’t for everyone, but what is? Here are my best tips for making it work — pun intended!
What do with all the noisy, plastic toys that you receive from loving friends and relatives (for example, your child’s grandparents)? Some of those toys you may authentically appreciate and want to keep. Others may conflict with the educational experience you are doing your best to provide to your child at home. Do you keep? Store? Or discard?
What is a Montessori parent to do when there are multiple cries of “Mommy do it!” or “But I can’t….”?
We expect our babies to cry, but when our toddlers or older children learn how to talk, we assume those days are over. In fact, while it feels completely unreasonable and frustrating to you, your child might be crying for a variety of reasons that are completely valid for someone so young.
Montessori "lessons" look shockingly different for toddlers than they do for preschool-aged children. The more complicated and rigid your lesson, the more likely your toddler is to run away, shout "No!", make a huge mess, or to just outright do the opposite of what you had intended for her to do! Here’s what to do instead.
When your child asks for a hug after behaving badly, you may feel like you are rewarding his negative attention-seeking behavior! Should you give in to the request for a cuddle?
When parenting a baby or toddler, sometimes it just feels too hard to send your partner or spouse a lot of extra love and attention, leading to cranky, tired behavior from both of you! Here are my tried-and-true stress-busting tips for healthy family relationships.
Is homeschooling an ideal option? As a former public and Montessori private school teacher, I didn't think so. Neither did my husband David. Both of us came from teacher-centric families in support of the public school system. This is our homeschooling story.
Some children’s big personalities sparkle when they enters any room. While having a diva-attitude isn’t all bad, wanting to be the center of attention all the time can cause a lot of problems. Here’s how to help your child tame the competition while admiring her for all that she is right now - and will be.
When children whine, it can make any reasonable parent feel irritated. I'll do a deep dive into what NOT to do and then give you several Montessori-based strategies that are both gentle and effective.
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