We often hear about Maria Montessori's principles and her unique method of raising children, but we do not always understand exactly what these principles are and how we can apply them to our children. They are simple and complex at the same time:
1. Never touch a child unless he or she addresses you (in some form).
2. Never speak ill of a child, either in front of him or without him.
3. Concentrate on developing the good in the child, so that eventually there will be less and less room for the bad.
4. Be proactive in preparing the environment. Show constant pedantic concern for it. Help your child establish constructive interaction with it. Show the place of each developmental material and the right ways to work with it.
5. Be willing to respond to the call of a child who needs you. Always listen and respond to the child who calls on you.
6. Respect a child who has made a mistake and can correct it now or a little later, but immediately firmly stop any inappropriate use of the material and any action that threatens the safety of the child or other children and their development.
7. Respect the child resting or watching the work of others, or thinking about what he has done or is going to do. Never call or force other active actions.
8. Help those who are looking for work and cannot choose it.
9. Be relentless in repeating to the child the presentations he previously refused, helping the child to master what was previously unlearned, to overcome imperfections. Do this by filling the world around him with care, restraint and silence, mercy and love. Make the willingness to help obvious to the child who is in search, and invisible to the child who has already found everything.
10. Always use the best manners in dealing with your child and offer him the best in you and the best of what you have at your disposal.
Maria Montessori’s principles are the foundation of every home, school and workplace her work touched. These principles can be applied in any situation to teach children how they should behave while developing their individual personalities with love and respect.
You may be familiar with these concepts or not, but it is important that you understand them so that your child will grow into a confident adult who knows what he/she wants out of life. Research has shown time after time that when parents implement these values at home, there are more positive outcomes for everyone involved including better grades in school an increase in self-esteem among other things. So before you start telling yourself "I don't have enough money" or "It's just too hard," remember you are responsible for your child's development and there can be no excuses.
Here you can see the Montessori furniture we produced, which was created according to the Montessori principle, when the chair is actually not so much a chair, but more a house for dolls or a garage for cars))