E-Mail 'Montessori and Natural Parenting' To A Friend Email a copy of 'Montessori and Natural Parenting' to a friend * Required Field Your Name: * Your E-Mail: * Your Remark: Friend's Name: * Separate multiple entries with a comma. Maximum 5 entries. Friend's E-Mail: * Separate multiple entries with a comma. Maximum 5 entries. Image Verification: * Loading ... 22 Responses to Montessori and Natural Parenting Lauren Hobo_Mama January 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm 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. 🙂 Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now DebChitwood January 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm Thanks, Lauren! I always love that Maria Montessori discovered so much truth about children just by observing them – and children appreciate natural parenting! Melissa K. VibrantWanderer January 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm 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 Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now DebChitwood January 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm Thanks so much for your comment, Melissa! I LOVE that quote by Peggy O’Mara – lovely and so true! melissa aka equidae January 31, 2011 at 12:04 pm love that quote as well, i do believe in it Rachael RachaelNevins January 26, 2011 at 9:47 am 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! Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now DebChitwood January 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm Thanks for your comment, Rachael! The Absorbent Mind is good if you want to read Dr. Montessori’s ideas in her own words. The book I typically recommend parents read first, though, is How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way because it has an overview of Montessori principles and lots of practical ideas for using Montessori principles at home. Here’s a link to a review I wrote about the book: http://livingmontessorinow.com/2010/06/17/how-raise-amazing-child-montessori-way-book-review/. Kitti Young March 14, 2011 at 9:03 am ive been reading/researching about the Montessori method for almost 12mths now, and i really recommend ‘Montessori Madness’ by Trevor Eissler, and ‘Montessori from the Start’ by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen Angie Lile AngieLile January 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm 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! 🙂 Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now DebChitwood January 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm Thanks for your kind comment, Angie! Being an avid outdoor enthusiast does fit very well with Montessori principles, natural parenting, and all good things! Jessie January 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm Thank you for this! It so clearly links Montessori and Attachment Parenting. Sharing with my friends 🙂 Deb Chitwood @ Living Montessori Now DebChitwood January 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm Thanks so much, Jessie! And I appreciate your sharing my article with your friends! melissa aka equidae January 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm 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 DebChitwood February 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm 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! melissa aka equidae March 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm thanks will be checking it out Kitti Young March 14, 2011 at 9:07 am 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 DebChitwood March 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm 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. meg hicks June 13, 2011 at 1:58 am 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 Deb @ Living Montessori Now DebChitwood January 17, 2012 at 11:24 am Hi Meg! I just saw your comment and read your post. Thanks so much for the link … great post! Montessori Motherload June 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm 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! Deb @ Living Montessori Now DebChitwood August 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm I just found your comment. Thanks so much for your kind words! 🙂 maresa February 12, 2014 at 12:36 am Hi 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.