The First Course in the Parenting Puzzle Series

A Five-Week Course in Montessori Parenting 101

Do you struggle with your children's constant pleas for attention, the feeling of being challenged at every turn, tantrums in the grocery store, or behaviors that are hurtful to you or others?

Are you at the point where you’re using punishment and/or rewards, but they aren’t making a difference? Does your home sometimes feel like a battlefield?

Many moms and dads parent in the moment, responding to the immediate situation or behavior, without a master plan. What works best is to follow effective parenting strategies consistently over the long-haul.

Whether your children are toddlers or teens, if you want to help them develop kindness and courtesy, self-discipline, responsibility, and confidence, this course is for you.

Lorna McGrath

In this five-week course, Lorna McGrath, Director of the Montessori Family Alliance and Senior Montessori Consultant, will teach you the essential strategies to meet your children’s emotional needs and minimize misbehavior.

Each week, a new unit will open up. You will have homework and suggestions on things to observe and try with your family. When the course is done, you will have ongoing access.

Just as it has for 110 years, you will find that the time-tested magic used by Montessori educators will help you build even stronger bonds within your family, stop disruptive behavior as it begins, strengthen parenting partnerships, and learn alternatives to punishment and reward, and much more.

This course is designed to help parents turn their homes into peaceful havens rather than battlefields. Based on years of working with children of all ages, Lorna provides by cultivating closeness, cooperation, and communication.

 Learn how to stop squabbles, resolve conflicts peacefully, encourage each person to do their personal best, reduce power struggles, meet children’s emotional needs, and create strong parenting partnerships.

Along with issues raised by parents participating in this course, we will address the following issues:

  • having time to breathe
  • cooperation
  • raising confident children
  • feeling part of a family community
  • communicating with honesty and respect
  • enjoying your time together as a family
  • learning how to work out solutions without creating excessive family drama
  • creating a home environment that is is filled with peace, understanding, and harmony


    Week I – Parenting for the Long Haul

    Week II – Why Do They Do What They Do?

    Week III – What to Do When You Want to Trade Them In!

    Week IV – If We Can’t Punish or Reward, What?

    Week V – Parenting on the Same Page

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Overview

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    • How to use this course
    • What You Need to Know to Get Started!
    • Other Resources
  • 02

    Session I: Seeing the World from Three-Feet Tall

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    • Your Guide
    • Activities
    • Parenting for the Long Haul
    • Habits of Thought
    • Habits of Thought
    • Arrange the Physical Space
    • Set the Emotional Atmosphere
    • Disarming Squabbles
    • Balancing the Scales
    • How Do You Re-energize?
    • Between Sessions
    • Observation Guidelines and Notes
    • Family Life Forum
  • 03

    Session II: Why Do They Do What They Do?

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    • Your Guide
    • Activities
    • Basic Human Emotional Needs
    • Our Relationship Accounts
    • Respond Instead of React
    • Genuine Encounter Moments
    • "Good Job" Junkies
    • Encourage More Than Praise
    • Between Sessions
    • Relationship Accounts
    • Family Life Forums
  • 04

    Session III: What To Do When You Want to Trade Them In?

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    • Your Guide
    • Activities
    • One Solution Fits All
    • Different Needs - Different Behaviors
    • Attention Seeking Child - Love
    • Power Child - Control
    • More Ways to Refocus the Power Child
    • Revengeful Child - Need To Belong
    • Assumed Inadequacy Child - Capable
    • Between Sessions
    • Goals Chart
    • Family Life Forums
  • 05

    Session IV: If We Can't Punish or Reward, Then What?

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    • Your Guide
    • Activities
    • Detaching
    • Family Meetings I
    • Family Meetings II
    • Your Quiet Place - The Centering Station
    • Resolving Conflicts Peacefully
    • Natural Consequences
    • Between Sessions
    • Family Meetings - Helpful Hints
    • Guidelines for Creating Quiet Places
    • Family Life Forums
  • 06

    Session V: Parenting on the Same Page

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    • Your Guide
    • Activities
    • Find Your Common Ground
    • Working Together to Make It Work
    • Brainstorming With Your Partner
    • The Hand On Your Shoulder
    • Keeping Your Partnership Vibrant
    • Between Sessions
    • Family Life Forums

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Bonus material

Include additional content to your course curriculum to provide further value to your students.

  • Downloadable resources



    PDF guides

  • Connections

    Access to a private discussion group with other students

    Direct email access

    Weekly live webinars

  • Course completion certificate