Behavior and Discipline

A compilation of articles on Montessori approaches to behavior and discipline.

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How Picky Eaters Can Eat Healthy: The Montessori Way

Ah, everyone’s favorite parenting struggle…a child that won’t eat what you serve. If you are have trouble getting your kid to eat something other than peanut butter sandwiches and chicken nuggets, I am here to tell you there are ways to get picky eaters to eat healthy! And in a gentle, Montessori-inspired way. And you don’t have to make …

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What Is Effective Praise? Definition and Examples

Effective Praise is a common term used in the Montessori world, and actively used in Montessori classrooms. But what does it really mean, and isn’t any type of praise good??  Sue has a fantastic article discussing how the phrase “Good Job” can be harmful. Please check it out here. ”Good Job” is a perfect example …

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Heavy Work Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

At first glance, the term “heavy work,” may resemble an occupational hazard. A closer look at the label reveals its usefulness as an important Montessori concept, however. In this post, we’ll take a close look at heavy work, including its definition, benefits, examples, and more. What Is Heavy Work? Heavy work sounds self-explanatory, but it …

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Positive Discipline Vs Punishment: What’s the difference?

Positive Discipline Vs. Punishment: What’s the difference? When you are asked your definition of discipline, what would you say? For many people it depends how they were parented. For many, discipline is synonymous with punishment. As a Positive Discipline facilitator, I was taught that discipline has a different meaning. In Montessori schools and homes all …

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How Emotional Intelligence Can Be Improved in Children

Emotional intelligence is the “ability to identify, evaluate, control and express emotions.” We tend to focus on academic intelligence, but emotional intelligence is a huge factor in a child’s success in school. Working on your child’s emotional intelligence will help them to be able to process and control their emotions, which will also prevent or …

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How To Handle Toddler Biting: Tips To Correct Aggressive Behavior

In this post I will be focusing specifically on how to handle toddler biting, but many of these tips will work for other types of aggressive behavior such as hitting or kicking. It can be disheartening if your child or a child in your care shows aggressive behavior. However, these behaviors are incredibly common particularly …

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Montessori and Obedience

What is obedience? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines obedience as “an act or instance of obeying“. Many Montessori parents find the word obedience off putting; believing that it implies an authoritarian approach to parenting. This is not the case, however. Montessori and obedience are not in opposition. Dr. Montessori wrote quite a bit about obedience, its …

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