Few things trigger me more than interacting with a child who has an entitled attitude. Why? Because I was one of them. I grew up in a traditional Mexican upper-middle-class family, with a stay-at-home mom and two maids who did all the housework so we didn’t have to. I never did my laundry, tidied my… Read More Entitlement: Been There, Done That
If you’ve been following the Voila Montessori video series, you’ve probably had the opportunity to give several presentations to your child by now. She might have shown interest in some activities, and completely ignored others. Do you feel frustrated when that happens? All that hard work to put together the material, and your child isn’t… Read More Your Child Has a Secret
This is the first installment in a joint effort between The Full Montessori and Voila Montessori. Every week, we’ll share with you a video (by Jeanne-Marie) and a blog post (by me) highlighting one presentation from the Primary curriculum and explaining one aspect of Montessori theory. It’s bite-sized Montessori training that you can immediately put to… Read More Spooning & Point of Interest
With the birth or our daughter, I found myself slacking off in the “Montessori parenting” department. Gone are the days when Zach and I could spend 30 minutes cooking together, and my patience and resolve are minimal these days due to sleep deprivation and meeting the needs of a tiny human 24/7. When I started noticing… Read More Getting Back on the Montessori Wagon
In honor of Pi Day, Zachary and I made a quiche following this tried-and-true recipe. While not the speediest quiche to make, it was perfect for keeping us entertained on an otherwise lazy afternoon. Here are some pictures of Zach working, to give you an idea of what a toddler can help with. Please pardon the shades; he’s 100% three… Read More Happy Pi Day!
You might be able to tell by this post’s title how excited I am about this recipe. It was given to me six years ago by a Toddler classroom assistant on a small piece of scrap paper. Now, it’s time to share it and record it on the interwebs for all posterity. World’s Best One-Bowl Banana Bread… Read More Absolutely the World’s Best One-Bowl Toddler-Friendly Banana Bread Muffin Recipe Ever Invented… Ever!
Toddlers are famous for their food fixations. I’m blessed to be raising a very adventurous eater, but even Zach has some toddler quirks that would drive me insane if I chose to let them bother me. This morning, I pulled out a container with a few strawberries from the fridge. I asked Zach if he’d like… Read More Turning Picky Into Practical
Practical Life activities should be, above all else, practical: real activities that have a purpose and a goal. Practical Life should never, EVER be busy work. Busy work is insulting to the child’s intelligence and developmental drives. So, let’s say you want to introduce transferring with tongs. Instead of the ubiquitous pom-poms you see all over… Read More Pom-Poms vs. Broccoli
Almost invariably, if I tell a parent that my son has been in underpants since he turned one, they look horrified and ask: “But… What if he has an ACCIDENT???” Uh, I change him and wipe the floor? I get the same horrified look when I say that he’s been drinking from a real glass… Read More Nothing To Fear… But Fear Itself