Father teaching sons how to use scissors

Scissor Secrets that Make Cutting Easy

Borrowed with permission from Kidsplaysmarter.com by Amy Smith Learning how to cut is a big milestone for your child and cutting skills are expected to be mastered by elementary school. Yet learning how to properly hold and manipulate scissors can be a challenging time for many kids. Give your child a fine motor boost  by teaching your child these Scissor […]

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Mom talking to her son

Helping Children Learn To Apologize

by Maren Schmidt Injury occurs one of two ways: accidentally or intentionally. We need to help our children be prepared to deal with the inevitable in their lives. Accidents do happen, and we need to show them the way to make amends when things have gone wrong. We need to teach these skills, though, beforehand, versus […]

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Montessori Home Organization & Toy Rotation

A Montessori Home: Organization, Storage, Toy Rotation

by Beth Wood I frequently get asked about what living a minimalist life looks like with two kids. So I thought I would share some of my ideas. Before I start, I wanted to state that living as a minimalist looks different to everyone. Our way of doing it may not be right for another family, […]

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Two female athletes from opposing teams shaking hands

Why Losing is Good for Our Kids

  By Sam Weinman The first thing you should know about helping your kids to learn to lose is that it’s still going to be difficult for them. They wouldn’t be human otherwise. If we’re talking about loss, or setbacks, or whatever the word is you want to use, the universal ingredient is disappointment, and […]

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How to raise Nature-loving kids in a media-loving world

How to Raise Nature-Loving Kids in a Media-Loving World

by Kate Koch-Sundquist “It smells good out!” Junior declared, standing in the open doorway after dinner. It had been an unseasonably mild week, the first hints of spring revealing themselves in a warm southerly breeze and jackets left hanging inside. A day of rain had washed everything, and now, tonight, the sky was clearing again […]

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Doing Montessori at Home with Your Baby (7 to 9 months)

by Anastasia Rehbein opportunity free discover stir up life Let these words just sink in for a few moments as you think of your beautiful child. May I just remind that you and the world you create for your child is all they are going to know at this stage in their life? I have some ideas […]

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Five tips for getting the whole family out the door

Five Tips for Getting the Whole Family Out the Door!

by Kate Koch-Sundquist My kids are like any kids, really. They have good days, and they have bad days. There are days when I feel like the best mom in the world and days when I think they’d be better off raised by the feral cats next door. Then there are days when I think […]

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Small boy and his sister cooking in the kitchen

Let Your Kids Use Sharp Knives & Hot Stoves

  Originally posted at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/04/27/let-your-kids-use-sharp-knives-and-hot-stoves/ (reposted with permission) Would you let your 2-year-old use a chef’s knife? Many people think that sounds not just dangerous, but insane. However, that’s what my friend J.M. Hirsch, a prominent food writer and cookbook author, did with his son Parker. I’m a little more conservative (okay, fearful) than he is. […]

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no-rescue-policy

The No Rescue Policy: Why it’s Time

By: Parenting Educator and Author Amy McCready Forgotten lunches. Essays. Homework. Sports equipment. Oversleeping. Never fear! Mom or Dad are near! No doubt, we parents feel a little super-hero-ish when we show up to rescue our kids in distress when they forget what they need or what they’re supposed to do. Whether we’re protecting them […]

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What To Look For In A Montessori School

Montessori education allows children to create their own learning paths, building on student interests to create a community of knowledge. This educational philosophy has been highly successful, creating some of the greatest thinkers of our time. Yet, choosing the right Montessori school is not always easy. Because Montessori is a method and philosophy of education, […]

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