How To Use Montessori Style Parenting

Out of convenience, more than anything else, I have always given our kids their own cabinets with their plates, bowls, cups, and utensils. They can easily grab what they need without asking, climbing, or waiting. This element of Montessori parenting centres on Maria Montessori's philosophy and theory on early years education and independence.

You may already incorporate Montessori parenting at home, but if you don't, there are many benefits to this innovative and freethinking method.

What Is Montessori Style Parenting?

Montessori is an approach that allows a child to develop their whole self in a safe and child-lead environment. Montessori-style parenting encourages setting up the child's space in a manner that allows them the freedom to choose their activities. This environment is centred on purposeful activities with ample opportunities to help the child reach their potential.

How To Become A Montessori Parent

  1. Respect Your Child – Give them the time and space to create, learn, and lead. Give them the time to learn and grow at their own pace and understanding.
  2. Remember Montessori Is Not Limited To The Classroom – Most of us are aware of Montessori, but consider it is best done behind classroom walls. Maria Montessori did not intend this form of education to be solely done at school. Bring Montessori into the home and encourage exploration.

20 Montessori Habits To Do At Home

  1. Adopt the idea that Montessori is a lifestyle.
  2. Give your child time and space to put on their shoes, clothes, and coat. Allow them to zip up their own coat.
  3. Embrace the Montessori coat flip. We all learned it!
  4. Put a coat rack by the door that your child can reach and use.
  5. Use real dishware that your child can get themselves. Avoid plastic dishes.
  6. Invest in stools to help your child reach the sink, cabinets and shelves for independence and growth.
  7. Teach by exploring the outdoors.
  8. Use books to elevate the subjects you encounter in a day – for example, read a book about bees after watching the bees fly from flower to flower.
  9. Use concrete objects that help learning and exploration.
  10. Practice shape-making and letter writing.
  11. Allow kids to be creative, get messy, and make mistakes.
  12. Continually observe your child as they grow in confidence, independence, and self-worth.
  13. Avoid intervening in conflicts or struggles if possible.
  14. Allow them to learn and develop at their own pace. No two children are alike.
  15. Practice mindfulness and yoga with them.
  16. Listen to them. Kneel and speak to them at their eye level.
  17. Cook with your kids.
  18. Develop their emotional intelligence.
  19. Create a sense of awe and wonder.
  20. Be patient, calm and gentle.

Geraldine Walsh

Mum of two Geraldine Walsh happily works from home as a freelance writer chatting about parenting, wellness and mental health.

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