What Does a Child Really Need to Get Through Life?

Despite our fixation on academics there are really two categories of skills that will make or break a life: character traits and life skills. And although these are often conflated, they are two distinct areas of development.   Character Traits:   Gratitude Humility Accountability Integrity Resourcefulness Adaptability Collaborative Persistent/Determined   These are some examples of [...]

Office Max Takes a Stand on Parenting

Watch the commercial and see for yourself.   https://www.ispot.tv/ad/wOk3/office-depot-officemax-mom-song-by-bachman-turner-overdrive   Who is doing all the work for what are clearly grown able young people who could shop for themselves?   You got it…Mom. She even carries the bags.   While tempting to shrug this off as no big deal, this commercial is unintentionally defining “good [...]

What is Education?

  Or maybe the more important question is what should education be?   Historically, the sole purpose of education was to transfer academic content as efficiently as possible, without much regard for the aspects of the student's social, emotional and character development.   But I think most of us would agree from our school experiences, [...]

4 Things a Neuropsychologist says about Montessori

4 Takeaways from a Neuroscientist's Perspective on Montessori We've extracted some interesting quotes from Dr. Hughes about how the Montessori method is strikingly aligned with what neuroscientists know about brain development. Disclaimer:  While Dr. Hughes is not a Montessori practitioner, he is uniquely positioned to have an opinion on Montessori. You can read the full [...]