Parenting

Encouraging Independence in Children

If you’re anything like me, you may find it difficult to consistently encourage your children to be independent. When you need to get winter gear on in a hurry, it’s so much easier to put their boots on yourself than wait for them to do it. But this is an obvious example – where I […]

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Bringing Montessori Discipline into the Home

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how to have a “Montessori home”. If you have your kids in a Montessori school, most likely the school director and teachers have encouraged you to bring Montessori principles into your home to provide your child with consistency and stability. And if you’re homeschooling using Montessori, it’s only […]

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What’s So Great About Delayed Gratification?

Those of you in the Chicago area have probably seen the publication “Chicago Parent” many times. It’s an excellent monthly magazine, and I recommend visiting their website even if you don’t live in Chicago. They have articles, blogs, and other helpful info. They cover many issues that are of interest to any parent or educator […]

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School Performance: How Much Do Parents Matter?

I recently read the book Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Subtitled “A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything”, it’s a look behind-the-scenes at the economics of everyday assumptions and decisions. One of their chapters was entitled “What Makes the Perfect Parent”, which described how they used data from a […]

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75 Reasons to Have a Child

For years, it’s been a source of amusement for my family that when I was young, I didn’t like children or want to have children of my own. How little I knew about my future… Of course, now I love kids (especially mine), so when I saw an article at a website about reasons not […]

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Top Ten Things to Look for in a Montessori School

This is the time of year when parents start looking at options for schooling in the fall. It can be hard to know what to look for in a Montessori school, since schools are all different and can vary widely in quality. Still, there should be some traits that you can spot at every Montessori school; here’s my list!

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Balancing Mixed Ages

Many of you have mentioned how difficult it is to balance different ages when you’re homeschooling, or even just doing activities with your kids at home after school or on weekends. I certainly don’t have this mastered, but I’ll share about what I do. Up until last year (fall of ’05), I had only been […]

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