Welcome to the January 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Household Chores This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and tricks on tackling household chores. Please read to
I had fun preparing Montessori spaces for my children at home. Now I’m having fun preparing Montessori spaces for my granddaughter. I take care of my 10- month-old granddaughter, Zoey, a number of afternoons each week. I wouldn’t be comfortable having a home that wasn’t Montessori-friendly, so I’ve created
Care of the environment, including care of plants and animals, is part of the practical life curriculum and an important part of Montessori education. Care of pets can be a perfect way for young children to develop a number of skills along with many positive character traits. Cynthia from
I LOVE the Montessori weaning table … so much that I used one for both of my now-adult children when they were babies, and I’m using one for my granddaughter. The Montessori weaning table is designed to be heavy and also uses a heavy chair that will give support
Welcome to the March 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Everyday Superheroes This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the remarkable people and characteristics that have touched their lives.
Welcome to the February 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting Fears This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about parenting fears. *** If you homeschool or
Welcome to the January 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Stay the Same This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the continuity and constancy in their
Welcome to the December 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Change . . . This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about life changes.
Healthy eating has been important to my family and me for a long time. My husband, Terry, and I have been vegetarians for 40 years, and our adult children are lifelong vegetarians. Healthy eating is more important than ever now … my son, Will, and daughter-in-law, Chea, had a
Welcome to the October 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Technology This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about their families’ policies on screen time. *** I think
Preventing choking is an important focus for parents of any baby or toddler, but it can be extra tricky if there are older siblings. Montessori families and homeschoolers have to deal with the problem of lots of small objects that are a natural part of Montessori education but are
My husband and I were lucky … our two kids were the best of friends even though they were born 5 years and 2 days apart. Of course, we had a number of factors that don’t apply to every family. For one thing, the five year age difference probably
It was always important to me that my children embraced and respected diversity. I was glad to have Montessori ideas to help them along the way. When my children were preschoolers, we especially focused on holidays such as Martin Luther King Day to encourage a respect for other races
My children are adults now, but they were raised with Montessori principles from the time they were babies. (See “How to Set Up Your Home for an Infant by Using Montessori Principles” for the start of our Montessori journey at home.) Montessori Resources I have a page of Montessori
My husband and I have been vegetarians for around 40 years now, and our adult kids are both lifelong vegetarians. So, our favorite family recipes are naturally all vegetarian. My Family’s Diets Sometimes my husband and I have been vegan (not when our kids were still growing), although most
There are many difficult yet unavoidable conversations parents need to have with their children. I was lucky to have positive experiences with those sorts of conversations with my now-adult kids. Whether the conversation was about death, sex, body image, drugs, alcohol, or avoiding peer pressure, a few parenting practices
I was lucky to have grown up with lots of happy childhood memories … and lots of wonderful family traditions. Growing up on a farm 40 miles from the original Little Town on the Prairie encouraged traditions and positive family values. (See my post at Raising Figure Skaters on
Thanks to my parents and church community, working to make a difference was always important to me. My kids became involved in service projects when they were growing up, too. I like to think that helped them become kind and compassionate people. Today, I’ll share some ideas about
I’ve been focusing on girls’ body images a lot lately with the controversy and petitions about Photoshopped models in teen magazines. You can read some of my posts at Raising Figure Skaters (with shocking Photoshopped videos and photos and an important petition you can sign): “Help Our Daughters Have
Even though some of my favorite family creations happen with my now-adult kids, the roots of these creations began when my kids were little. Giving opportunities for my children to help with meal preparation when they were younger has made my life MUCH EASIER and MUCH MORE FUN when
My First Childbirth Experience I planned to have a natural childbirth experience with my first child in 1985. I had read Maria Montessori’s writings about newborns. (Melissa from Vibrant Wanderings gives a good explanation of Montessori’s thoughts in “Montessori and My Journey through Childbirth Education.”) My husband and I
Welcome to the May 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Parenting With or Without Extended Family This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how relatives help or hinder their parenting.
“Any child who is self-sufficient, who can tie his shoes, dress or undress himself, reflects in his joy and sense of achievement the image of human dignity, which is derived from a sense of independence.” Maria Montessori Practical life is one of the most important areas of Montessori education.
“Say Something Nice” Word-Art Freebie I’m a big advocate of peaceful interactions, both online and offline. Especially in parenting and teaching, I believe we all need to work together and support each other in raising the children who are the future. The Thumper Theory “If you can’t say
My kids and I have been experimenting with creating healthy versions of recipes for years. In my post “Happy Families Can Have More Than One Diet,” I told about my husband’s and my vegetarian diet (for 38 years now) and our adult children’s lifelong vegetarian diet. Vegetarian and Vegan
Practical life activities make up one of the most important areas of Montessori education, helping with order, concentration, coordination, and independence. And most preschoolers LOVE practical life activities that involve food preparation! )Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Here are some Montessori-inspired food preparation