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Parenting Toward Emotionally Healthy Families

Parenting Toward Emotionally Healthy Families

Lorna McGrath and Margot Garfield-Anderson share ideas for cultivating and/or maintaining emotionally healthy families. Together we will weave our way through Covid-19, the summer of 2020, social unrest, and political campaigns, all of which provoke strong emotions. Whether you and your family have gotten a bit off course or whether you are holding on for […]

Favorite Books for All Ages

Favorite Books for All Ages

Editorial note: Lorna McGrath is the Montessori Foundation’s Montessori Family Alliance Director. We asked her to compile a list of her favorite books, by age grouping for parents to read with their children, have their children read for themselves, and for parents to enjoy. Some libraries may have a selection available in digital format. Happy […]

Pandemic Strategies: Family Meetings

Pandemic Strategies: Family Meetings

During the first weeks of the pandemic, The Montessori Foundation began to hold free zoom meetings for parents struggling with a variety of issues.Here is a short review of the Montessori Parent Gathering from April 4, 2020. The presenter was Lorna McGrath, Director...
Parenting Toward Emotionally Healthy Families

Families that Play Together…Weather Tough Times Together

Join the Montessori Family Support Team to take a look at and share ideas about how families can play together! Sometimes when life is uncertain and there is daily stress about what is coming next, we begin to have questions that weigh us down. We forget to take time to simply enjoy our families and […]

Parenting Toward Emotionally Healthy Families

Help During Pandemic: GEMS & Family Meetings

Working at home. reduced or no income, children 24/7, pressure to keep children “learning,”and not enough sleep! How do we get our children to settle down and be independent? Lorna McGrath will share two very important strategies to get families back on track with each other and the new circumstances that we find ourselves in. […]

Parenting Toward Emotionally Healthy Families

Thoughts on Your Child’s Living Space

As your child grows and changes what kind of space does your child need? We will think through together ideas for making your child’s living space meet her developmental needs and how to involve your child in creating it.

Parenting Toward Emotionally Healthy Families

What to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

So many adults are always telling children to, “Be careful.” What message are children getting about the world? Lorna has some ideas about the message and how to change that message into more empowering thoughts and build problem-solving skills.

Clutter and Anxiety Go Hand-in-Hand

I literally cannot get down to work and concentrate when I am surrounded by a desk full of stuff or a room with clothes strewn all over it. It just starts to make me crazy or, at the very least, distracted. And I consider myself to be a relatively low key, easy going type person. […]

Parenting Toward Emotionally Healthy Families

What Did You Do at School Today?

So,your three year old is off to school for the first time and you’re very excited. You want to know what she did and who she met and what the teachers were like. So you ask. Your child either looks at you like you have two heads and says nothing or maybe responds with, “I […]

Book Review: Beach Walk

Book Review: Beach Walk

From the Backpack Explorer seriesby Storey Publishing Here is another wonderful book from this series. If you live near the beach or like to spend time at the beach, this is the perfect book for your child to take along. It has sturdy front and back covers, and they seem like they would be somewhat […]

Book Review: I Miss You: A First Look at Death

Book Review: I Miss You: A First Look at Death

Written by Pat ThomasIllustrated by Lesley Harker When a friend or family member dies, many adults wonder what to say and how much to say to young children? How old should a child be for adults to talk to them about death? Should adults who are grieving show how they feel to young children? Author […]

Book Review: Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death

Book Review: Something Very Sad Happened: A Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death

Written by Bonnie ZuckerIllustrated by Kim Fleming The author wrote this book out of necessity when her own parent died suddenly, and she couldn’t find a book about death that was developmentally appropriate for her toddler. The book is simple, clear, and leaves room for questions and conversations during or after reading. The illustrations are […]