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Montessori Grit

by Aimee Allen Many of us, in a quest for physical and mental fitness, in a desire to push ourselves through uncomfortable situations, and in pursuit of saying “I did it!” have taken to signing up for Spartan Races, Marathons, Warrior Dashes, Triathlons, Ragnar Relays, and 100 mile bike rides, etc. There is something about […]

doing Montessori at home with your baby

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 […]

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 […]

Small boy and his sister cooking in the kitchen

Let Your Kids Use Sharp Knives & Hot Stoves

  Originally posted at: (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. […]


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 […]


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, […]


Why Our Society Needs Montessori Education

Maria Montessori after World War II said, “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” One has to only turn on the news or open a newspaper to hear stories of murder, mayhem and carnage. These last few months, between the police shootings, the murders […]


How to Make School Lunches an Easy Process

One of the most daunting tasks of children going back to school is school lunches. It can be challenging, if not frustrating, to get your child to help with the process of packing a lunch, let alone doing it independently. Here are some tips to aid in the school lunch making process: 1. Have your […]


Against the Sticker Chart

After working with thousands of families over my years as a family psychologist, I’ve found that one of the most common predicaments parents face is how to get kids to do what they’re asked. And one of the most common questions parents ask is about tools they can use to help them achieve this goal. […]


When Getting Your Kids to Pitch in a Little is a Big Problem

By Parenting Educator and Author Amy McCready Funny how when your kids want to do something – play a game, watch a show, or capture a Pokémon in the latest app craze, there is no limit to the energy or time they can find to make it happen – right?  But let there be a […]

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