As I’ve parented two children into the teenage years, what has always helped me is hearing about how others have navigated the years ahead long before I was at this stage. So I thought it might be useful to share my experience navigating life with teenagers to remind you that it’s the long game we are playing in parenting; to stand up for teenagers that they are delightful to be around if sometimes a little volatile (sound familiar parents of toddlers?); and to let you know that it will be … [Read more...] about A peek into Montessori at home with my teenagers (which turns out to have a lot in common with toddlers)
Looking after toddlers is indeed hard. They are impulsive. They run the other direction when we want them to get dressed. They throw things. They don’t listen. They ignore us and others while they are busy mastering so many skills for themselves. They need to move. They need to test limits to see how the world works. They need to test their bodies to become stronger and more capable. It’s hard because: We have to be our toddler’s pre-frontal cortex. As my friend Jeanne-Marie says, … [Read more...] about Looking after toddlers is hard – and what we can do about it
Wondering what Montessori is? Montessori is becoming increasingly popular as people recognise the limitations of traditional education. It’s also well-reported that creative successes like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales attended Montessori school. And Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin credit their success to having attended a Montessori school: They don’t credit their success to drive or brains. They say it was nursery school…We both went to Montessori school and I … [Read more...] about Where to start with Montessori – everything you need to know to get started with Montessori at home
Families come in all types of constellations. This is totally normal these days. So I wonder why I skirt around the issue. When I was 25 I was living in London and fell in love with a Welsh man. I was moving back to Australia to spend more time with my family and he came too. We were married within 6 months and people thought this would never last. Just over a year later we had our first child. Less than a year and a half later, baby number 2 arrived. Let’s say, we didn’t waste any … [Read more...] about There are many family constellations. Ours is not so different.