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Parents often ask their child's teacher for help and advice in bringing the same calm self-discipline they see in the classroom into the home. We encourage you to consult with the teachers, who have the benefit of deep training and decades of experience understanding child development.

Montessori education operates with the understanding that children are not logical; they are biological. They are driven by identifiable stages of development. This means discipline methods must match the child's age and stage of development.

MIR offers parent education to help parents with the most challenging job they'll ever have -- parenting. If you are a current parent at MIR, we highly recommend attending the classes offered through our Montessori U program to better understand your child's stage of development.

Montessori U includes a parenting course we offer each year using the philosophy of Positive Discipline. Positive Discipline takes a developmentally appropriate approach to parenting and closely aligns with the Montessori method. Numerous Positive Discipline books and tools exist to help you "teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities."

We also recommend the parenting books How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk or any book by Adele Faber, and Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason or any book by Alfie Kohn.

If these don't sound like the right books or philosophies for your family, visit The Center for Parenting Education website for an absolutely exhaustive list of any book on any parenting topic you can think of, for any age. The list is organized by topic and age. They also offer free online parenting classes, a library of parenting articles organized by category, and parenting coaching.

MIR offers a Parent-Infant Class for MIR parents and members of the community at large to help you understand and support your baby's natural development. Information about the class and how to sign up will be posted when we get closer to it. The class is normally held in spring.