Friday, 10 August 2018

No Pressure Potty Learning (& What To Say To Your Child)

Benedict seemed to be regressing in his potty learning.

Choosing to poop in his underwear when he woke up from his nap instead of holding it a few minutes to go to the bathroom.
Becoming upset whenever I mentioned going to the potty, and then peeing in his underwear.

I was missing something. So, I decided to step back and listen to his cues, hear what he was communicating.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Five Ways to Make Your Breastfeeding Experience More Positive

World breastfeeding week ends today.

I have breastfed my three kids for a combined total of thirty-one months. Almost three years.

While I am one of those people that really love breastfeeding, for the most part, it definitely comes with its ups and downs.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Why Montessori Is So Much More Than an Educational Method

There is often too much emphasis put on materials and activities of the Montessori method and not enough on the beautiful philosophy behind it.

As Hainstock explains in the Essential Montessori, parents tend to become “obsessed with the mystique of the materials and the results promised through them, and do not pay due attention to the commitment of philosophy which is the core of the method.”

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

What Your Child Could Be Doing Instead of Using a Screen

I have mentioned before that we limit the kid's screen time, which I know can be difficult for some families, so I thought I would share some of what our kids do instead in those moments.

You know, the witching hour right before supper.
To wind down before bedtime. 
In hotel rooms.
On long road trips.
When I want to have a moment of rest.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The Respectful Parent's Guide to Tantrums: A Step-by-Step Solution

Why do we look at children's behavior as good or bad?

Why do we feel the need to label the behavior at all?

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Reason Your Child May Be Testing You

The other day as we were sitting at the breakfast table, Benedict slowly started inching onto the table. Looking right at me, he scooted his bum onto the table.

I will not let you sit on the table, I told him decidedly, hardly looking up from my toast.

He quietly sat back in his chair.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

What Does Montessori Say About Why Toddlers Tantrum?

For a long time, Jerome has struggled with big emotions that would end up in these huge tantrums. 

He would scream in our face. Hit us. Lash out at younger siblings.

And I will be honest, we became more focused on stopping the behavior and training Jerome to be well-behaved than in trying to understand him.

We tried time-outs. We tried scolding. We gave punitive punishments, like taking away a special toy. We sometimes resorted to pinching his ear or swatting his bum.

Knowing what I do now, this breaks my heart.