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The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being Paperback – Illustrated, March 19, 2019
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“With every page chock-full of plans for how to make one’s home a haven for a youngster’s intellectual and emotional growth, this valuable manual fills a gap on a topic not as frequently addressed in the literature on toddler development.” —Library Journal
" This is a down-to-earth, accessible book that makes Montessori at home doable. She provides clear ideas for discipline and parenting, and it’s written in a friendly, parent-to-parent way." —Book Riot
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 152350689X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1523506897
- Product Dimensions : 6.7 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Publisher : Workman Publishing Company; Illustrated edition (March 19, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’m getting rid of *most* of the plastic and junk toys and being mindful of what I set out for my kids. I’ve noticed a huge difference in their play since making these changes, and I’m a believer in less is more!
I’m a mom who goes through toys almost every month and will throw stuff away left and right. I can’t believe how much was back in this area. I dumped all of the storage bins out so I could really see what I was working with.
I’m kind of embarrassed at the ridiculousness of toys that we had, but I know I’m not the only one whose house looks like this.
If you’re a parent to a toddler or are expecting a baby, I urge you to buy this book. I wish I would’ve discovered it back before I had any kids!
This play area in our living room is still a work in progress, but I couldn’t wait to share. I’ve actually changed some things since taking this “after” photo.
Any parent of any toddler will learn so much, AND the book itself is lovely!
The author's charts in the back of the book are SO helpful! She has an "Instead of this, say that" section as well as a list of suggestions of activities for your child broken down by age. I will frequently be referencing back to both of these charts. I also loved all the books she referenced to throughout her book. The ones I haven't already read sounded so intriguing that I added them to my to-be-read list. Clearly my parenting style is very in line with the author's so I found it easy to love this book.
And finally, the chapter on "Putting it into Practice" was a gold mine. The author tackles subjects like feeding, sleeping, toileting, pacifiers, siblings, brushing teeth, getting dressed, sharing, hiting, biting, throwing, clingy stages, screen time, and even how to help build skills for an introverted toddler. There were times when I wanted more from the author on a specific topic, but in those times she generally referenced further reading which works well for me since I enjoy reading. She gives such a great over-view of each topic!
All in all, this book is excellent! I would highly recommend it for any parent or caregiver of toddlers.
That said, I like the way the author refers to the toddler psyche. Toddlers don't have a mean bone in their body, for example. So true. It really has helped me remain so calm when our little toddler begins to have a toddler melt down. These are very few in occurrence and I think the advice this book shares contributes to her well being.
it teaches you the montessori way of doing things at school and it inspires me to use the ideas at home when they are not at school, even if they don't go to a montessori school during the day.
it also has tips for parents towards the back of the book, which i appreciated very much. This book is not just about toddlers but its for the parents of toddlers as well. Every new and current parent can use the insights in this book if they want to have ideas on how to improve or change the way they parent. You really need to have an open mind about it going in or else there's no need.
it has book recommendations too and diff books mentioned throughout the book that has a brief tip on what that book is teaching. which is great because you don't need to be reading all the diff parenting books.
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Positives: Book is well laid out, easy to dip in and out and to read small sections at a time. Beautiful illustrations. Following some big Montessori Instagram accounts had left me feeling a bit overwhelmed but Simone makes incorporating the approach simple and achievable. I also feel that her age appropriateness suggestions for activities were reasonable. Simple suggestions on how to make little tweaks to your home to set a child up for success and independence. I like the emphasis put on spending time outdoors. Strategies for respectful parenting with limits have really helped me (and I particularly like the ‘instead of this, say that’ page).
Negatives: language work suggestions with flashcards etc seem tedious and time consuming to set up and unnecessary, I don’t think language acquisition needs to be forced like that. Book advises against playpens but doesn’t take into account different houses have different layouts where a child’s playspace can’t always be in your eyeline or that they can be made a cosy and comforting space. Advice re stand up diapering doesn’t really work for cloth nappies which I find impossible to fit properly unless lying down. Book assumes a certain level of income and privilege (ie, if you live in a city, take trips to lake or mountains) and even what the author suggests as simple and cheap modifications to your home aren’t in reality especially if you change a lot at one time. Book also assumes children are all able bodied. My daughter is deaf and a very late walker. Surely she has encountered a wide variety of children with additional needs in her work as a Montessori teacher? Some perspective on applying the approach with children who fall outside the normal range of developmental milestones might have been helpful and more inclusive. The biggest disappointment however was the advice on sleep. I don’t know what qualifications the author has to make sleep suggestions but I was very surprised to find advice against feeding to sleep and encouraging self settling from birth. Whilst the author advises against cry-it-out alone, she does advocate a crying to sleep approach whilst you are in the room. This seems the opposite of the Montessori approach of ‘follow the child’. Forcing a child that wants to be cuddled to sleep to fall asleep alone seems the opposite of this and I for one doubt that I will look back on my child’s babyhood and wish I had sat on a chair and read in their room whilst they cried instead of rocking them to sleep.
Hope she writes a follow on book for children aged 4 upwards as I would love to have that at the ready as my two change and develop. Best (and only) parenting book you need I’d you have toddlers!! I’ve never actually made it through others as I zone out with all the text but this is so direct and beautifully presented I couldn’t put it down.
I assumed I bought a new book but I guess it wasn’t?