Welcome to Montessori Education.
We help parents understand Montessori so they can better their child and themselves.
Faced with the inevitable challenges of raising children, most parents today have rightly rejected old-fashioned behavioral ‘solutions’ like spanking — but the struggles remain. Their toddler throws tantrums, their preschooler won’t put on her shoes, their kindergartener refuses to eat his food. These issues can become larger conflicts, leading to arguing, nagging, and lots of stress (and guilt). Left unresolved, they creep into daily life, affecting parents’ confidence and calm as well as a child’s attitude and abilities, sometimes preventing him from reaching his full academic and emotional potential.
Although children are a joy to be around they clearly can also be a handful, leaving parents wondering, "What am I doing wrong?!" This struggle — between enjoying time with your child one moment and feeling overwhelmed the next — is often accepted as the reality of raising children, as 'just the way life is.' Happily though, this is not how it has to be.
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) is primarily known for the schools that bear her name and that help produce notably competent, caring boys and girls, but she actually taught about child development more broadly. Importantly for parents, she made a simple yet profound discovery about how *every* child behaves, regardless of environment.
Children listen to adults and follow their guidance in a very predictable way, at a very predictable time: when those children are motivated.
At Montessori Education, we help parents discover and use that motivation to transform their parenting, so that their child flourishes and their own frustrations fade away.
For instance, many moms and dads have real difficulties getting their child to calm down: a son loses it because he didn’t get the toy he wanted, a daughter cries uncontrollably because she has no interest in brushing her teeth. After just a few weeks implementing a uniquely Montessori approach, however, these same parents find their children calming themselves — happily, without prodding. And such personal success also brings with it genuine pride, in both parent and child.
Such accomplishments are achieved using a proven method, Follow the Child, which consists of three strategies perfected by the most effective parents (and teachers).
Follow the Child | The Three Basics
1). Observe: "Am I needed here?"
2). Offer freedom within clear limits.
3). Acknowledge strong emotions.
On their own, parents have used these principled practices to achieve results they previously thought were impossible. And with guidance from Montessori Education — with our playing an active role in ensuring your desired outcomes are reached — success becomes all but inevitable.
There are too many stressed parents (and children) in the world; there’s no reason you have to be one of them. Reach out to us today.
Montessori Education offers individual consultations tailored to specific needs, coffee chats for parent groups, and community talks across the country on such topics as What is Montessori?, The Successful Child, and Communicating & Connecting with Children.
About Jesse McCarthy, Head Guide at Montessori Education
Jesse McCarthy, author of the upcoming book Montessori Education, is an expert in child development. He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and his Montessori teacher's diploma for 3- to 6-year-olds from the Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD). Jesse has worked with thousands of children, teachers, and parents through the years, as an elementary & junior-high school teacher, as a Head of School overseeing programs for infants to 8th graders, and as an executive helping to lead a group of over a dozen Montessori schools.