Welcome to Montessori Education. We help parents become more confident and effective with their children, by teaching them the secrets that great teachers use in the classroom.

Increasingly today, moms and dads face problems they just don't know how to handle. 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.

Yet these same parents can hear how wonderfully behaved other children are, especially in good Montessori schools. The contrast can be jarring, and at times depressing — “What am I doing wrong?!”

This struggle exists in large part because parents are unaware of successful strategies used by expert teachers. Montessori Education helps to change that.

The first phase of the child’s development goes from birth to ... six years of age. At this stage the child is partly at home, partly in school. The plane of education should take both the situations into consideration.
— Maria Montessori
Dr. Maria Montessori, 1913

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 utilize that motivation to transform their parenting, so that their child flourishes and their own frustrations fade away. For instance, many moms and dads we’ve worked with have had difficulties getting their child dressed and out of the house on time in the morning, but after just a couple of weeks implementing a uniquely Montessori approach, these same parents found that their children were consistently dressed and ready to go — without prodding. And that practical success also brought with it genuine pride, in both parent and child.

Such significant accomplishments are achieved using a proven method, Follow the Child, which consists of three basic strategies perfected by the best teachers but rarely known or consistently used outside of their classrooms.

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 weren't possible. And with guidance from Montessori Education — with our playing an active role in ensuring your desired outcomes are reached by utilizing all the resources at our disposal — 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.

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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.