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Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie

Dear Cathie— My children are not always nice to each other, and they sometimes admit they have been unkind to others at school or on play dates as well. I want them to learn to be kind and respectful. I have been expecting them to say “I’m sorry” when they act in this manner, such […]

Wonder-filled Year of Change: 2 to 3 Years Old

Wonder-filled Year of Change: 2 to 3 Years Old

What? Wonder-filled? Did you think, “What could be wonder-filled about the TERRIBLE TWO’S?” If you are struggling with your two-year old or you are about to celebrate your child’s second birthday, this session with Lorna will give you insights about two-year old behavior, how they are changing during the year from 2 to 3, success […]

Setting Limits and Making Them Stick!

Setting Limits and Making Them Stick!

Do you set limits and then give in? Are you not sure how to set limits? In this session you will learn: • An easy 6 step process to set limits. • How to not crumble after you set the limit. • How to follow through in a way that your child feels understood and […]

Montessori & Advocacy

Montessori & Advocacy

 A new year full of hope, great ideas, resolutions, and goal setting. And a looking back over the past year. Were there licensing rules and regulations that caused you to compromise your Montessori ideals? Maybe having to limit the size of your group, too much dependence on age rather than developmental level, materials you couldn’t […]

Discipline Alternatives: For The Montessori Classroom & Home

Discipline Alternatives: For The Montessori Classroom & Home

“The undisciplined child enters into discipline by working in the company of others; not being told he is naughty … Discipline is, therefore, primarily a learning experience and less a punitive experience if appropriately dealt with.” —Maria Montessori Teachers spend years learning to create an atmosphere in Montessori classrooms that embody the wisdom of Dr. […]

Montessori Discipline: Developing Inner Discipline Through Freedom and Structure

Montessori Discipline: Developing Inner Discipline Through Freedom and Structure

Upon visiting a Montessori classroom the first time, one might wonder what magic spell has been cast upon these young children making them so calm and self-directed. Another person might look at that same class and be confused by the children’s independence, wondering where’s the discipline? These children just do as they please. Visitors commonly […]

The Emotionally Healthy Child

The Emotionally Healthy Child

While growing up has never been easy, today’s world undeniably presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. In this session, award-winning author Maureen Healy will share highlights from her new book, “The Emotionally Healthy Child,” and answer real-life questions from anyone wanting to raise emotionally healthy children. Come and learn some new strategies to […]

Parenting in the Digital Age

Parenting in the Digital Age

One of our greatest challenges in the 21st century is how to help children navigate technology responsibly. In this session Cheryl Allen and Dr. Nora Faris discuss the potentials and the pitfalls of parenting during the digital age. Join us to learn about strategies for guiding our children through today’s digital world.

Would You Ask Parents if They Own Guns before Okaying a Playdate?

Would You Ask Parents if They Own Guns before Okaying a Playdate?

We ask about pets, allergies, and car seats, but would we hesitate to ask the parents of our child’s playdate if there are guns in their home? When my daughter was 3, she saw her first toy gun on a playdate. It was neon green and shot balls instead of bullets, but it was the […]

Emotional Behavioral Disorders In Toddlers & How These Children Can Be Supported In A Montessori Toddler Classroom

Emotional Behavioral Disorders In Toddlers & How These Children Can Be Supported In A Montessori Toddler Classroom

Between 15 and 36 months old, in addition to physically increasing in size, toddlers are also learning to develop cognitively, emotionally, and socially. The development of their large muscles allows them to walk, run, and jump, while their small-muscle development helps them gain fine-motor skills, such as eating with utensils or learning to dress themselves. […]