Asking Your Child to Water Plants Helps Both to Thrive

 A regular theme in my practice as a parenting coach, and in the Montessori method in general, is that of including your children in everyday household chores whenever possible. There is much to gain from these activities, and watering your indoor plants is no exception. The process may begin by showing your child how […]
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Ask Your Child to Scrub a Potato and Improve Their Confidence

Scrubbing a Potato by Jeanne Marie Paynel from As parents, sometimes we may find ourselves feeling more like short order cooks. Even worse, our hungry little customers might grate on our nerves as they anxiously hover around the kitchen, waiting for us as we finish working for them. In my practice as a parenting […]
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Simple Montessori Activities: locks keys

A Matching Game of Locks and Keys Builds Your Child’s Resilience

Last summer I shared a useful travel activity to entertain your young child on a road trip or an airplane ride while simultaneously developing their motor skills and self-esteem: play with a padlock and key. Well, today I’m back with the next evolution of this purposeful play, which also happens to be another favorite of […]
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Teach Your Child to Core an Apple and Build Their Self-Esteem

As a parenting mentor, I help show my clients how to facilitate their children’s independence, whether that means cleaning up after a play session or fixing a snack. This is important not only for the parent, who starts to feel like their child’s servant but also serves a valuable foundation as their children grow into […]
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Simple Montessori Activities: shaker & toothpicks

Use Toothpicks and a Shaker to Develop Your Child’s Motor Skills

In my practice as a Montessori parenting coach, I always look around my clients’ homes to see what they might organically have on hand that can be used as an educational toy. Not only will it save them from buying expensive toys, but it also gives their child a practical opportunity to work with everyday […]
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