The Parent-School Relationship: 2 Ways to Foster Connection

Connection is an incredibly important aspect in the parent-school relationship, because when there is real connection, there is trust. And when we have trust in our schools then parents, teachers and children can all feel supported. I see connection and trust as the lifeblood of a happy school. I’m thinking they are for a happy life too.

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Review of Monti Kids

Monti Kids has done a wonderful job of taking the birth to 3 years Montessori training program and packaging it into online videos & tutorials alongside their materials which are practically replicas from the training. They have done so for both parents & educators alike which is awesome because we all have different reasons for needing a program like this.

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When We "Flat Line" as Parents & Educators

Flat lining or hitting a low is hard. It’s a terrible feeling. And unfortunately, it affects all realms of our life: wellness, career, family and more. But it can also be a blessing in disguise, as a really strong signal that it’s time to make some changes. It has the power to propel us to take intentional action. Sometimes it takes flat lining to get back into alignment with our values and live our most joyful and purposeful life for ourselves, our families and our communities.

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Negative Feelings: The Plus Side

Negative feelings toward our loved ones from time to time and ourselves are something that we all experience. Often these negative feelings are a result of something that is missing and are especially amplified when we are tired or burnt out. However, sometimes we just feel stuck in the negative and it becomes all consuming. Hours and days go by and those negative feelings (of frustration, guilt, sadness or whatever they may be) seem to really set in. That’s when it can be helpful to see the negative in a different light.

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Why Montessori

I recently had the opportunity to be on an Alumni panel for my former Montessori training center. As graduates we were asked to speak about our varied experiences with the Montessori training and life after the training… In effect, why Montessori? The one takeaway that I returned to for prospective students time and time again was that Montessori is an amazing educational philosophy and practice, but most importantly is a way of life.

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10 Kid Friendly Activities in & around San Diego

I’m thrilled to share these kid friendly activities in and around San Diego compliments of San Diego mama blogger, Tanya Perez. Be it enjoying the outdoors or providing learning experiences for your little ones, these kid friendly activities are sure to do the trick. They are fantastic experiences for children of any age and a must do for any family in the San Diego area. 

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What Makes Us “Good with Kids”?

I remember the first and only time that someone implied I wasn’t “good with kids.” I was shocked, hurt and horrified. Worst of all, I questioned if this person was right. The questions ran through my mind... “Am I good with kids? What am I doing wrong? Why do others seem to have it all together? And what happens if I’m not ‘good with kids’?”

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Teach Children Kindness

Just as we need to practice & model kindness, we also need to teach children kindness from a very young age. It is our responsibility to teach children right from wrong, empower them to use their words & actions for kindness and to be brave when they see someone being unkind or disrespectful. This is how we change the world. A bunch of small positive actions every day in our homes and our communities.

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No New Year Resolution

Instead of starting in the unknown territory that are New Year’s resolutions, why not start with the familiar? What if we started with the life that we live every single day, instead of starting with a list of goals for our dream life? What if instead of focusing on a list of resolutions, we simply choose one thing to say "NO" to this new year?

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Holiday Challenge: Give Back as a Family

The holiday challenge is simple really. It’s about shifting our focus from what we don’t have to what we do have and what we can give to others. While there are a lot of different ways to do this, I made this challenge all about stuff. Because we are constantly told that we need more the month of December, I wanted to flip the mindset. (Many of us actually have a lot of stuff. More stuff than we realize and more stuff than we know what to do with. The average American home has 300,000 items in it!)

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Is Your Toddler Causing Your Back Pain?

Maybe you've been suffering with back pain since you saw the 2 little blue lines appear on the pregnancy test. Maybe you made it through all of pregnancy and postpartum without back pain, but now you suddenly are having problems. Whether you have given birth or not, anyone who cares for kids, from teachers to mamas, may find their low back hurting on a regular basis.... In this post, Melissa Noeth, DPT shares some tips to help you address your back pain, so you can enjoy daily activities with your toddler.

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Cut Down the Noise

Families are struggling against a “noise” problem and that noise is negatively impacting personal life and family life. You may be thinking, what do you mean by “noise”? Noise looks different in each home. It may be those things you enjoy doing, but are doing in excess or at inopportune times (a simple boundaries issue). Or those things that you are in the habit of doing, but that don’t bring added value or joy to your life. Regardless of what noise looks like in your life, it has the same negative consequences and affects us in similar ways. So how do we cut down the noise in our lives and improve the quality of our family life? 

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Advice for Teenage Girls (and the parents of toddlers)

Toddlers and teens share quite a few similarities. And as adults, we often go through similar experiences and feelings trying to understand what these kids need from us, where the emotional outbursts are coming from and ultimately, how we can all get out alive. Since I coach with teens, I wanted to write a post that speaks to them. I share some advice based off my reflections as a young adult woman and also my experiences working with teenage girls. My hope is that this advice empowers them during what can be a funny stage in life. For parents of toddlers and parents of teens, please know that while this post has some life lessons to support teenage girls (and many that apply to teenage boys), these are all lessons that we can start teaching kids during those early toddler years. By teaching your toddlers these lessons and reinforcing them from the start, you’re laying a strong foundation that will support you and your soon-to-be teens down the road. 

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Toddler Language Activities Part 1

As a Family Coach and Montessori trained educator, parents often ask me how to create a learning environment at home. How can we incorporate more of the Montessori method into the kids’ playroom? How can we get the kids more involved at home? How can we create a space more like their environment in the classroom? The answer is there are so many ways to do this from engaging your kids in your family’s daily life to actually implementing Montessori inspired materials at home. You should know that in the purposeful kids category, you will find real activities and ways to create a learning environment in your home that leave your kids feeling more involved and purposeful. 

In this post, I specifically touch on how to support your toddler’s language development at home, as well as share a Montessori inspired language activity.

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