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Why We Choose Our Words Carefully with Children shows how to be a clear, confident, and respectful leader for your child. 

Five Reasons to Stop Saying Good Job

Research supported reasons not to praise by Alfie Kohn, author of Punished by Rewards

10 Positive Phrases Montessori Teachers Use Instead of "Good Job"

Ideas for process-praise over person-praise and other alternatives to 'good job'

12 Powerful Parenting Phrases That Make Talking to Kids Easier

A welcome refresher that I would hang in my home

7 Key Phrases Montessori Teachers Use and Why We Should Use Them Too

Useful and memorable tools for your parenting tool belt

Stop Telling Kids to "Be Careful" And What to Say Instead

Phrases for fostering awareness and problem solving in children, rather than fear

11 Things to Say When Kids Cry

Why children cry & phrases that connect, empower, and comfort in response

Why Asking Kids for The 'Magic Word' Doesn't Teach Manners (And What to Do Instead)

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

What to Say to Little Kids Instead of 'Say Sorry'

Developmentally appropriate ways to navigate children's conflicts

Building a Foundation of Trust

A Montessori guide shares phrases that build partnership with children

Why We Choose Our Words Carefully 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."

How to Talk to Little Girls

Checking our biases about talking to little girls & what to talk about instead

How Not to Talk to Your Kids

Powerful in-depth piece from New York Magazine on the inverse power of praise

Before He Moved On

A teacher walks through his thoughtful approach to an injured child

The Problem with Cute Kids

Instances when children should not be perceived as cute

Reading Aloud: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

The benefits of reading aloud after the early years: middle school, college, and beyond

How I Raised Teenagers Who Tell Me Everything, Even When It’s Hard

Learn the game that the author played with her children starting in preschool

Mr. Rogers Had a Simple Set of Rules for Talking to Children

The nine rules for translating a phrase into “Freddish” & what it means for children

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