Montessori approach to discipline

One of the most popular parenting workshops I offer is the one on discipline. The word Discipline is tricky, some see it as negative and associate it with punishment, “disciplinary action” others see it as I do, a gift, as in “he has self- discipline”. I believe discipline is a gift we give our children. There are 3 levels of obedience; 1. Before age 3 children only have the ability to obey if what is asked happens to correspond with one of his/her vital urges. Therefore we often use redirection. 2. Obedience, this happens when a child is capable of understanding another person’s wishes and can express them in his/her own behavior. 3. Joyful Obedience, at this stage the child has i

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