Category Archives: Parenting

Rethinking Your Commute

My family is fortunate to live less than 5 miles from school. But I spend most weekday evenings driving my kids around town between sports, piano practice, jobs, and youth group. For us, nothing is less than a 30-minute drive … Continue reading

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Small Schools Have a BIG Influence

  Humans are born needing connection. We cannot thrive without relationships and the encouragement and accountability they bring. Humans have family units and close circles of friendship. We seek community in order to learn, grow, share our joys, and be sustained in … Continue reading

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How Do You Teach Character?

How do you teach character?  My answer is always through practice, practice, practice.  “By the time children are 4 years old, they often know certain values–that stealing is wrong, for example. Because kids tend to know values, they often feel patronized … Continue reading

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Child Development: Week 5

Adolescence, Part 2 As I mentioned previously, Dr. Montessori observed that one goal of adolescence is social independence (physical and mental independence come during the first two years).  Jean Piaget wrote about the process of growing out of egocentrism (the … Continue reading

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Child Development

The Montessori Method challenges educators to shape the curriculum and pedagogy around the developmental needs of each age group.  There is no universally accepted or articulated framework for psycho-social development the way there is for biological development, and frankly, I … Continue reading

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NY Resolutions vs. Reflection

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions.  I’m too skeptical of the cycle they often instigate: inspiration, distraction, failure, and then maybe guilt for the conscientious people. Change is much harder for most of us than a few … Continue reading

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Teasing: Control vs. Connection

Teasing is a perennial issue for children of all ages, but probably peaks in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade, at least in terms of intensity of reactions.  It can be a hard thing for a parent to hear about after … Continue reading

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How To Be a Great Parent (in 10 Easy Steps)

Being a decent parent involves three basics — love, physical needs and discipline. But what does it take to be a great parent? 1.  Your unconditional love should be an absolute given. The effectiveness of every parenting choice is predicated onthis fact.  Remind them of … Continue reading

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The Pressure of Perfect Parenting

Are you feeling pressured to be the perfect parent who offers an amazing childhood for our offspring? Here’s an interesting take on that pressure, challenging us to step back a bit, to simplify, and ultimately (although she doesn’t word it this way), … Continue reading

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Combating Summer Brain Drain – Part II

So how do you keep your child’s brain stimulated during the summer “drought”? You can do a few, big, obviously educational outings here and there, like the Science Center, Botanical Garden, Zoo (stop and read the facts about the animals or watch … Continue reading

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