Research supported reasons not to praise by Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards
Ideas for process-praise over person-praise and other alternatives to 'good job'
Montessori trainer, Ginni Sackett, explains the effectiveness of positive phrasing and provides helpful words for positive phrasing and clear communication.
A welcome refresher that I would hang in my home
Useful and memorable tools for your parenting tool belt
Why children cry & phrases that connect, empower, and comfort in response
Helping children learn the grace and courtesy of our culture at a developmentally appropriate time through modeling and role-playing, while advocating for children in situations that unnecessarily exceed their skill-set or understanding
Developmentally appropriate ways to navigate children's conflicts
A Montessori guide shares phrases that build partnership with children
Follow along with the same scenario told three different ways for an example of "giving in," confrontational authoritarianism, and the Montessori approach of "good cheer and firm resolve."
Checking our biases about talking to little girls & what to talk about instead
Powerful in-depth piece from New York Magazine on the inverse power of praise
A teacher walks through his thoughtful approach to an injured child
Instances when children should not be perceived as cute
The benefits of reading aloud after the early years: middle school, college, and beyond
Learn the game that the author played with her children starting in preschool
The nine rules for translating a phrase into “Freddish” & what it means for children