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22 Responses to Montessori and Natural Parenting

  1. Lauren  

    Fascinating! I never knew how Montessori ideas intersected with other AP/NP topics. I love learning about Montessori practices from you, and now I get to add some philosophy as well. 🙂

  2. Melissa K.  

    Thank you, thank you for bringing everything together in this way! I agree with your sentiments 100%

    As a Montessorian and parent to a still very dependent babe, I also love this quote:

    “It is the nature of the child to be dependent, and it is the nature of dependence to be outgrown. Begrudging dependency because it is not independence is like begrudging winter because it is not yet spring. Dependency blossoms into independence in its own time.”
    -Peggy O’Mara, The Way Back Home

  3. Rachael  

    Thank you, Deb! Would you recommend The Absorbent Mind as a good first read of Montessori’s work? I’d be grateful for any suggestions!

  4. Angie Lile  

    Really great post again Deb. I love the natural learning and am an avid outdoor enthusiast which translates really well to my six-year-olds! 🙂

  5. Jessie

    Thank you for this! It so clearly links Montessori and Attachment Parenting. Sharing with my friends 🙂

  6. melissa aka equidae

    thank you for this post. any tips i can use for a 2 year old? right now i am out of ideas on what to do with him….thanks

    • Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now  

      Thanks for your comment, Melissa! I have lots of activities and Montessori information at Living Montessori Now. Here’s the link to my Activity of the Week posts with many Montessori-inspired activities: http://livingmontessorinow.com/category/activity-of-the-week/. I really advocate using practical life activities with 2 year olds because they help so much with order, concentration, coordination, and independence. I have a category for Activities – Practical Life. There’s also a Montessori Techniques category that you might find especially helpful. I even have a giveaway right now of an online Montessori training course and 12 Montessori albums full of curriculum (open through February 8).

      Introducing your son to Montessori activities at age 2 is great! Have fun!

  7. Kitti Young

    WOW i was reading ‘Montessori from the Start’ by Paula Polk Lillard and Linn Lillard Jessen and came across a section on sleep, and it really got me upset as they were practically endorsing controlled crying.
    im very glad i read your post as i love the montessori philosophy and attachment parenting, but didnt really think that they could go together.

    • Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now  

      Thanks for your comment, Kitti! I think that was part of the controversy around Montessori and attachment parenting. To me, it just makes sense to go with what Maria Montessori said in the Absorbent Mind – and to go with our parental intuition about what’s right for our own children.

  8. meg hicks

    Hi Deb
    Just wanted to let you know I have also written on this topic…thought you might like the link http://montessorihomes.blogspot.com/2011/06/montessori-and-attachment-parenting.html

  9. Montessori Motherload

    I really liked this article and wasn’t surprised when I saw that it was written by Deb at LMN! I love your blog and it was very interesting to read about Montessori and AP!

  10. maresa

    I am mother to a 22 month old and only just discovered the montessori approach. Love this website. Thank you!

    A question…. how does montessori look at a child’s sleeping regime? How do you handke/approach a child who does not sleep through the night? Iv read so much about how important sleep is. I presume there must be an alternative to control crying. Any direction will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.