Category: Parenting

Montessori Parenting in the 21st Century

What does it mean to be a Montessori parent? Can it be balanced with busy lives, complicated schedules, limited budgets and varying resources?

Pretending, Imagining, and Creating

It is true that Montessori classrooms lack the traditional “pretend play” toys and equipment, like play kitchens and play tools, play castles or stuffed animals. This is not because we don’t value imaginative play – quite the opposite. But we prefer to give the children different tools and opportunities for it.  

Citizens of the World

In this new year, help your child on their path to global citizenship.

On Being the Parent

So much of what we discuss here on this blog – and in Montessori in general – focuses on the child: studying, understanding and responding to their needs. However, what of the other side of the conversation: the parents, and...

The Child Who is Not Peaceful

In Montessori, we believe in each child’s innate goodness, their potential for peace and grace. How do we approach the small child who is anything but – the child who hits and hurts others?

Surviving the Strong-Willed, Stubborn Child

“Children should be seen, not heard” is a proverb dating more than five centuries ago, yet it is an attitude many of us still subscribe to today. What to do with the child who, in their need to be heard,...

In Praise of the Puddle

This week, we take a break from the Communication Series to consider some of the most wonderful educational materials that Mother Nature provides our children.

Parenting Siblings

How to best encourage a loving and harmonious relationship between siblings is one of the most pressing questions for many parents of multiples.

Weathering Emotional Storms

Screaming, stomping, angry tears and tantrums – no parent’s favourite thing, but a part of raising a child, nonetheless. What Montessori lessons can we apply to managing tumultuous emotions in a child?

Praise

“You’re such a good boy!” “Here’s a gold star for you.” “What fantastic job!” A child won’t hear any of these in a Montessori classroom. Should they hear praise like this at home?