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Simone Davies

A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being

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    Exploring What Works and What Doesn’t

    If you’re a millennial parent, there’s a good chance you’ve played a linear side-scrolling game, such as Super Mario Bros. Over the course of the game, you discovered new tools to help you get through the game, found out what secrets were hidden in the levels, and faced different challenges that taught you how to handle tougher sections of the game. Eventually, you gained mastery of the game and the earlier levels that once seemed impossible became much easier to handle.

    Toddlers are going through a similar situation as they learn to navigate the world around them. When a toddler seems to be pushing a boundary with you, they’re discovering that some things are negotiable and some things won’t necessarily go their way. When they ask for you to play the same song 20 times in a row, they’re trying to make sure that they understand it perfectly. Unlike a video game, toddlers don’t have any specific checkpoint that automatically moves them on to a more difficult section of life. They move on to new challenges when they feel ready for them, and they don’t mind taking their time to learn as much as they can about the world. This is the concept of self-mastery at work. Davies argues that toddlers are experts at figuring out new concepts when they have the freedom to discover at their own pace.

    This doesn’t mean a completely hands-off, laissez-faire approach; it means providing guidance when toddlers ask for it while allowing them to discover their world for themselves. Davies posits that parents can and should set guidelines for important things while allowing their toddler some freedom to act as they see fit within those guidelines. This gives the toddler a baseline to learn in a safe environment.

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    What is The Montessori Toddler about?

    The Montessori Toddler (2019) teaches parents how to better understand their toddlers and raise them according to the method developed by Italian physician and philosopher Dr. Maria Montessori. With its practical approach, it offers actionable advice that parents and grandparents can apply no matter whether they already have experience with the Montessori method or not.

    Who should read The Montessori Toddler?

    • Parents who want to understand how toddlers communicate
    • Parents whose children are nearing the toddler stage and want to provide a supportive environment for them
    • Parents curious about the Montessori method and how they can employ it in their own homes

    About the Author

    Simone Davies is an Association Montessori Internationale teacher. She provides tips for parents through her blog The Montessori Notebook and has spent more than 15 years as a certified Montessori educator, a skill she developed after discovering the effect the Montessori method had on her own children.

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