Archives for Partners in Parenting

Everyone Benefits from Boundaries

Fences are boundaries used to protect property. Crosswalks are boundaries that protect people. Words are boundaries that help us understand the world and teach us respect for ourselves and one another. Classroom rules are boundaries that protect and help us feel safe. Even furnishings can act as boundaries. Some say
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The Power of Community Service

During your child’s Montessori years, we lay the foundation for responsible citizenship. Children learn kindness, respect, and empathy which are important internal strengths that connect them to others. Character building strengths like honesty, responsibility, fairness, and compassion are the kind of human qualities that foster responsible and innovative citizens who question why
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Choose Kindness

Current neuroscience and social science research suggests giving or receiving kindness changes the brain. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it; instead, kindness is best learned by feeling it so that it can be reproduced. Fostering kindness on a daily basis builds
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Safe Social Media

Our VMS community is buzzing with conversation around digital citizenship and safe use of social media.  Eileen Calandro, a Social Media Educator, shared a lively and informative parent workshop plus two powerful assemblies for our third through eighth grade VMS students. I was struck by two impactful, yet simple messages: Talk
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Listening

The word “listen has the same letters as the word “silent”.  Now that I am a grandparent, I realize more than ever the power and importance of listening to children. What a difference it makes when my granddaughter (or truly any person) believes what they have to say is valid
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The Montessori Difference

Last Wednesday, I attended a VMS reception for new VMS parents. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone.  Many great conversations took place that evening, yet one conversation in particular really resonated with me. A new VMS parent asked an alumni parent, “What is the most important difference a Montessori
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