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Raising a family in our fast-paced culture is no easy task, especially with the pressures imposed by work schedules, the expectation of immediacy brought on by technology, and the dilemmas posed by conflict resolution and power struggles!  

Maria Montessori believed deeply in the partnership between teacher and parents. She encouraged directresses to develop a close relationship with families and even do consultations in the home.  This relationship supports families to implement effective parenting practices and helps teachers to understand the complexities of various households, all of which helps us to meet the specific needs of each child.

Litchfield Montessori School wants to keep this tradition alive and support our parents with a robust Parent Education program. We offer all parents:

  • Six parent education classes per year
  • Individualized follow-up conversations with the education coordinator and teachers
  • Mentoring for children and parents who request additional support.   

Even if you cannot attend a parent education class we encourage you to call or email with any and all questions/concerns and we'll take the time to talk and follow-up.  It is within the LMS mission to continue to develop an integrated support system between school and home.

We will be providing parent education classes on the following Thursdays 3:15 - 4:30 pm:

  • October 5, 2017
  • December 7, 2017   
  • January 11, 2018      
  • March 1, 2018
  • April 5, 2018
  • May 17, 2018

Classes are designed to present effective strategies including Positive Discipline, Raising Capable and Resilient Children, Effective Communication, Child Centered Problem Solving, Family Meetings, Avoiding Power Struggles.  During the classes, you will be encouraged to create your own data regarding struggles you would like support with. That support occurs during the class and also with individualized follow-up adapted to your specific concern. For those that cannot attend the Parent Education Blog will be updated after each session. 

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  • Haven’t we discussed this before? When our communications style becomes a barrier to effective discipline

    December 13th, 2017 by Ed Thorney

    Do I Really Sound Like That? 

    Just about every parent has experienced a sense of Déjà vu when correcting their child. Haven’t we had this battle already? Why have I been unsuccessful in correcting this behavior?   

    The answer to this question may lie in the way that your reaction to the behavior is being perceived by your child!  The purpose of the model is to help us think about personal interactions that haven’t gone well, and present us with alternatives. 

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  • Do I really sound like that?

    December 1st, 2017 by Ed Thorney

    Examining our communications style

    Join us for Community Circle: Thursday, December 7th at 3:15 pm

    At the end of our last meeting on Positive Discipline, parents shared some of the challenges that they routinely encountered at home. In these situations, it isn't uncommon for our responses to certain behaviors to begin to be repetitive and often, ineffective. 

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  • Who is running your life? You or someone else? Learning to cope with power struggles

    October 16th, 2017 by Ed Thorney

    We asked parents, “What repeatable behavior are you concerned about?”

    The common theme that emerged from the data can best be described as Power Struggles.  This is not surprising as it represents one of life's age-old dilemmas: Who is running your life – you or someone else? When caught in a power struggle, it feels like a WIN – LOSE game. 

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