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
It’s later in the afternoon with perfect Oregon Gloom weather outside. Charlotte is sleeping in her swing and we’re both listening to the soft trickle of the aquarium. The task for this week is to rearrange our loft living space to accommodate more space to function and soon, a mobile infant. Continue reading
When it comes to your precious little one making mistakes in that big bad scary world, I’ve seen two common mistakes that parents frequently make in the prevention and supervision of these mistakes. Continue reading
Ask your childcare provider which babies are the ones that are constantly held at home and they’ll quickly point to the baby that gets the most physical contact. Oh we know. We. Know.
It’s always interesting connecting with other care providers and learning about how they handle discipline and unwanted behaviors in their classroom. I’ve worked with children for a long time and some of the policies I’ve seen in centers or private daycares makes my hair stand on end. I thought I’d share my school’s policy in hopes of inspiring other programs to follow suit.
Being a Montessori parent can be hard. Many of us didn’t grow up in Montessori households so retraining our brain to live within the philosophy takes effort. It’s especially challenging when we’ve got to explain to non-Montessorians about some of our pillar parenting philosophies, like don’t praise or punish my child. Continue reading