This article was inspired by a few things circulating on the internet lately, specifically; the debate about gender fluidity and how it pertains to the expectations we set for children and the language we use revolving around sex.
Yesterday morning I got an email from the school we were at this weekend stating that there was a confirmed case of Hand/Foot/Mouth Disease in the classroom we were in. As an added note, they mentioned the confirmed case of impetigo down the hall. That’s when I felt it. The crazy uncontrollable mom rage that happens when you think someone endangered your child. Continue reading
I’ve had a few people ask me recently about how to “do” Montessori at home and some credible resources for Montessori philosophy or products to buy for the home. So here we go!
As a teacher I’ve always had the privilege in hiding behind Montessori pedagogy when it came to children’s participation in holiday traditions. Now that we have our own daughter and are forming our own traditions and holiday practices, I can’t just tell people, “It’s against school policy”. So, here we go.
I usually pride myself on my ability to gracefully and professionally accept constructive criticism or feedback in the workplace. In my personal life, I am fairly thick skinned as well. After all when you are your biggest critic everyone else’s complaints seem minimal. Sigh. Which, therein lies the problem. Continue reading
From birth, the child is desperately learning how to master control over their own movements. An inner power drives them and encourages them to move–their head, their hands, their legs, their fingers, etc. Through movement the child may begin to explore themselves and the world around them. Without movement, we would be locked away from much of the world and unable to independently experience many things. It is the responsibility of the adults in the child’s life to prepare an environment where the child may safely practice their developing mobility. Continue reading
We have this expectation in our society that it is the individuals responsibility to create boundaries of what is acceptable interaction and if someone should break those boundaries, well, they should have drawn them clearer! I’m sure each and every one of us has heard the phrase “No Means No” before, but when contemplating the concept in execution we’re faced with a reality that “No” only means “NO” when it’s said with a bitchy tone, threat, repeated over and over, or after someone has already tested every other inch of that boundary line. Gosh,what’s a good way to sum that up? Ah, rape culture. Continue reading