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Six Tips for Smooth Air Travel with Children

Six Tips for Smooth Air Travel with Children

By Olynda Smith As Montessorians, we know how essential the prepared environment is for helping children feel calm. Airports and airplanes are overstimulating and stressful settings that make it difficult to be at ease. Restrictions on movement in an airplane can make even the most […]

Less is More: Fewer Toys May Mean Higher Intelligence

Less is More: Fewer Toys May Mean Higher Intelligence

Originally published by Sara Burrows at www.returntonow.net. De-cluttering children’s playrooms boosts creativity and cognitive development, study finds. Too many options in the toy room can overstimulate and overwhelm a child, so that he can’t focus on — or learn from — any of them, a […]

Children in Nature: Why it Matters

Children in Nature: Why it Matters

This article was originally published by P. Donohue Shortridge, a Montessorian since 1980. She speaks and writes about children and their families in the American culture. She conducts parent night talks, staff in-service sessions and workshop presentations. Visit her website as www.pdonohueshortridge.com. Children of all […]

Dealing with Tantrums

Dealing with Tantrums

Tantrums are a pretty normal part of life with children from around 1 year to 5 years. Hopefully they’ll start a little later than 1 year and will end earlier, but anything in this range is fairly normal. Your child is learning that things don’t […]

Toilet Learning: A Natural Step Towards Independence

Toilet Learning: A Natural Step Towards Independence

Toileting is a significant part of the toddler curriculum. At school, children are invited to sit on the toilet at every diaper change. The teacher simply asks if they would like to sit on the potty, then respects their decision either way. There is no […]

Growth is Rooted in Nature

Growth is Rooted in Nature

Our theme this year, “where growth is rooted in nature,” resonates so deeply as we have become a culture that forgets to appreciate nature and allow our kids the opportunities to experience it. We spend so much of our lives indoors, and need to get […]

4 Tips for Toddler Moms

4 Tips for Toddler Moms

The following are a couple of screen shots from a Q&A with @busytoddler on Instagram — she’s got great ideas and thoughts for moms of toddlers. Here are a few of her most recent posts that resonated with us!

3 Simple Tips to Being a Great Parent

3 Simple Tips to Being a Great Parent

We found this fun infographic on Facebook, and it is so helpful! See the original post here. Children need a minimum of 8 touches during a day to feel connected to a parent. Each day, children need one meaningful eye-to-eye conversation with a parent. There are […]

Language Development from Birth to Age 3

Language Development from Birth to Age 3

This article gives great insight to the development of your baby’s language skills. We are huge advocates to reading to your children and having intentional conversations with them! It makes a difference. BY: Bari WalshPOSTED: July 5, 2016Original Article Here How Parent-Child Communication from Birth to Age 4 […]

Why Punishment Doesn’t Work, But Consequences Do

Why Punishment Doesn’t Work, But Consequences Do

This is a great article by Christina Clemer via www.mother.ly. We wanted to share her wisdom in the area of consequences! Like many Montessorians, I’ve used open, glass cups for my son to drink out of since he was 6 months old. People sometimes ask, “Won’t the […]