Montessori to launch new parenting handbook
The press – both newspapers and ‘mummy mags’ – has been alight with debate over a new parenting guide to be released by the Montessori movement.
If you are asking what is Montessori just click the link to our previous blog post. Montessori affords children a great deal of freedom and independence.
Based on movement founder Maria Montessori’s belief that children have a natural desire to learn and socialise, the Montessori movement encourages self-discipline within the context of a flexible environment both at home and school.
Learning Together (focusing on the 0-5 age group) advocates a relaxed approach to child rearing; it does away with strict routine, saying “no” and sitting on the naughty step.
It encourages baby-led weaning; settling baby to sleep by lying next to the child on a ‘floor bed’ (low futon mattress placed next to the bed) as opposed to a cot; and carrying baby around in a sling to ensure maximum physical contact.
It’s safe to assume that Gina Fordians and Supernanny fans are up in arms.
Whatever your parenting philosophy, Learning Together has incited discussion – which is never a bad thing.
Talking about the best way to raise our children – listening to other parents’ ideas and reasons – is a great way to learn and also to develop a parenting style that best suits your children and family.
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