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November 30, 2019

If you've been exposed to any media at all this week, you've probably seen advertisements for deals and discounts enticing you to get the mall this weekend (or sooner!) for "door busting deals," or go online RIGHT NOW to take advantage of short windows of bargain prici...

November 29, 2019

If you believe what you see on TV, you might think that adolescents are selfish, narcissistic, and judgmental of adults, their siblings, their communities... basically anything around them. While adolescence certainly does come with windows of chaos and conflict, we sh...

November 28, 2019

By the time your child is in the Second Plane of Development, so many qualities of their personalities have emerged and focused. You know their quirks and their strengths, their sense of humor and their anxieties. It's a goofy, playful, loving, serious, earnest mix of...

November 22, 2019

“Time Out.” “The Naughty Chair.” “Take A Break.” It’s got lots of names, but it generally works the same way. The child breaks a rule. The parent or teacher sends him or her to a special chair or bench to “think about it,” until enough time has passed that the child is...

November 21, 2019

It seems like every morning, I'm being recommended readings on children, youth and anxiety. And I guess I'm not surprised to see so much research now about the links between smartphone use, anxiety and depression in our youth. My daughter (and avid smartphone aficionad...

November 19, 2019

A father I was chatting with recently pointed out the irony of my web-based-recommendation that we unplug and go outside more. I get it. The screens in front of us are important, critical tools in how we engage professionally, economically, civically. That's true and i...

August 21, 2019

Water, water, everywhere. You find it in Infant and Toddler water tables, in the Practical Life area throughout the curriculum, in the Land and Water forms, Elementary science materials and more. Why is there so much water in Montessori classrooms? 

At their core, Monte...

July 31, 2019

The stereotypes about teenagers abound: the eye rolling, the cliques, talking-back, faces in their phones. If you only believed what you saw in the media, you might think teenagers were universally unruly, antisocial, disrespectful and surly. 

Yeah, sometimes. 

But they'...

July 30, 2019

Bedtimes (and bedrooms) become far more independent as your child ages. You might notice your child choosing to go to sleep on their own, and maybe you miss those bedtime stories cozied up beside them as they drifted off to sleep. While your child can (and should) be a...

July 29, 2019

"Five books tonight, Mommy," she says.

"No, Olivia, just one."

"How about four?"

"Two?"

"Three?"

"Oh, alright. Three. But that's it.

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Bedtime is quite a bit more complicated once our children advance enough to logic and argue with us. What parent has...

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