The Scientific Method in Montessori Education.

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“What is a scientist? We give the name scientist to a man who has felt experiment to be a means guiding him to search out the deep truth in life, to lift a veil from its fascinating secrets…” -Maria Montessori

He was crying pretty hard. No, he was weeping. His face was red and his eyes were swollen. He was angry, confused, and overwhelmed. Despite the successful orientation just a few days earlier, it has not been easy to say goodbye to mom and dad and make the journey down the hallway to our classroom. In addition to the difficult…

Become a Better Parent by Perfecting the Art of Love and Limits

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In a quarter-century of working with children, I have been humbled many times. I have also learned much more from the children than they have from me. After thousands of hours of research, study, and hands on experience with children, I have 10 basics that I come back to as the core principles for being a better parent.

“If you love me, don’t create me in your mind.” -unknown

  1. Love the child you have, not the child you wish you had. Many parents have an image in their mind of who their child will be. Remember that your child is…

How Adopting a Beagle Saved My Life

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When my mother died, I became a ghost. I mean, I was still alive, but I didn’t feel alive. I was there, but I wasn’t. I was trying to parent my 5 and 7-year-old daughters, but I was not a very effective parent. I was not a supportive or caring wife. Luckily it was the summer because I could barely get out of bed, let alone work as a teacher.

I spent copious amounts of time locked in the bathroom sobbing. I lost weight. I gained weight. I cleaned obsessively one day. I couldn’t clean the next. I screamed. I…

This is a great reflection on the importance of following the needs of our kids! Don't beat yourself up about what happened in the past. She knows you are there to support her in the future.

Reflecting on My Mother’s Death

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I was driving when she called. I was taking my daughters to their taekwondo class. They were in the back seat, giggling with a friend. We had stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts part way between their school and the martial arts center for the three of them to refuel with some sugar in order to get through two hours of kicking, punching and counting loudly in Korean.

I almost didn’t answer the phone with the three of them in the back seat. When I saw my mother’s name on the caller ID, I decided to pick up. She generally didn’t call…

The Bittersweet Heartache of Raising Independent Teens

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I didn’t go the bathroom alone for years. There would be a little face peeking in the door and asking me if I was almost done. If it wasn’t her, it was her little sister, both of them clinging to me like baby orangutans. The days were exhausting. Wake, parent, work, come home, repeat. It was an endless string of hours, weeks, months, eons. It seemed endless, until it didn’t.

I don’t think I slept a full night from 2006–2011. Little bodies were crawling in, pressing against me, waking me to help them…

Understanding your partner’s love language

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Do you ever feel like the only one in your relationship? Do you feel frustrated about unmet expectations or dreams unfulfilled? Do you feel like your partner does not love you? Sometimes, its necessary to carefully observe your partner’s words and actions to understand how they love.

Not all people express love in the same way. By understanding the different languages of love, you may see that your partner is communicating love in a way that is foreign to you. …

Commit to nature with these 10 ideas for getting outside daily year-round

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There are so many proven benefits of spending time in nature, even for a brief, brisk walk. Here is an excellent scientific study showing the positive effects of immersion in nature on brain function, some of which include increased performance in problem-solving, increased creativity, and increased executive function, not to mention the obvious physical benefits.

When I was a little girl, my mother used to take me out to walk every day, rain, sleet, snow, or shine. This continued through my teenage years when most of the time I would begrudgingly get off the phone to join her and proceed…

Put Your Health First and Leave Hangovers Behind With This One Change.

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Would you love to enjoy the pleasures of drinking beer while cutting down on alcohol content and carbs?

What if you could lose weight while still drinking high quality IPA’s?

The good news is that you can!

Non-alcoholic and low alcohol beers have become increasingly popular over the past five years or so, as more and more people give dry January a try as a way to start out the new year clear headed and focused.

Here are six great benefits of choosing low carb and low alcohol…

Christine Carrillo

M.A.T., Writer, Dreamer, Mom, Educator, Mentor, Montessorian

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