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.
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.
I have spent a fair amount of time hiding behind my various masks and not showing up in my life and in Montessori. It seems to be a trend in the world of education where the bar can be set really high. While I can’t speak for others, I know some of my reasons for not showing up were related to fear.
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.
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.