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If Everyone Had Montessori Schools, They Wouldn’t Need Freud

Sigmund Freud told Montessori, “If everyone had your schools, they wouldn’t need me!”  As a professional counselor and parenting coach, I became curious as to why Freud made such a bold statement.  In considering what I know about psychology and the Montessori teaching method, I can think of two major reasons for Freud’s strong words. […]

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Development is the Child’s Work

What is a child’s job?  In Montessori terms, “development is the child’s work,” and that all-important work often looks like play! In behavioral terms, a child’s job is to test rules and boundaries to see what happens when the limits are pushed. Upon closer examination, these are two different ways of saying the same thing. […]

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Childhood Education: Do As I Do, Not As I Say

This week I was talking with 3 separate sets of parents about frustrations in the home.  In discussions with these parents a common theme emerged.  Many parents want their children to do as they say, but not as they do.  Parents want to live a rushed life without anyone telling them to “slow down”.  They […]

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Preparation of the Heart – the depths of being a Montessori Parent

The real preparation for parenting is the study of one’s self. Maria Montessori said, “The real preparation for education is the study of one’s self.”  I believe this is also true for parents.  To apply her words to parenting, “The real preparation for parenting is the study of one’s self”. If we look within and […]

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Montessori Provides Significance and Belonging

Take a moment to consider your child’s greatest social-emotional need.  Alfred Adler, an early leader in psychology and student of Maria Montessori, said the primary need of every child is to feel a sense of belonging and significance. In fact, our children have such a strong desire to belong or feel significant that they sometimes […]

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Montessori Training: Honoring the Independent Life of a Child

As a current Age of Montessori student, I have been touched and inspired by Maria Montessori’s great respect for the internal world of the child.  In particular, I was touched this past week by her comments about adult prejudices in discipline.  Montessori said, “When the independent life of the child is not recognized with its […]

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Bullying Issues: Helping Children with Peer Conflicts at School

A new school year is a great time to assess how you are helping your child to become increasingly competent with various life skills.  Montessori principles focus on how to help a child be more independent with skills such as washing dishes and putting away their toys. These skills all depend on the child having […]

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How to Prepare your Child for a Successful School Year!

School Year Routines With school starting in a few short weeks, it is a great time to turn your attention towards how to best prepare your child for the school year.  Most families enjoy summer by taking vacations, enrolling the children in camps, or enjoying the lack-of-routine that summer provides.  A key transition to prepare […]

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