Maria Montessori was an Italian doctor and teacher, who discovered and perfected an education technique that focuses on developing independence and on limited adult intervention, so that kids can express and develop their native skills.

As we all know, Maria Montessori didn’t have any psychological formal education – same as most kids. However, the method she perfected helps kids be disciplined, concentrate on the activities they’re performing and make good decisions, without being stimulated by rewards or frightened by punishments.

Here are only a few examples of personalities who were educated in a Montessori system: Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, actors Michael Douglas and Hugh Grant, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google founders, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, but also the British royal brothers, princes William and Harry.

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We made a selection of 20 pieces of advice from Maria Montessori, which, if were read by parents only once a week, would not only improve their relationship with their children, but they would bring it to a whole other level.

1. Kids learn everything from their environment.

2. Respect your child in all his manifestations.

3. Offer your child the freedom to move safely.

4. Offer him the freedom to choose.

5. Give him a chance to earn more independence.

6. Teach him by showing, not by correcting.

7. Fulfill his needs and, at the same time, help him see what other people’s needs are.

8. Have patience. If a child needs more time for something, offer it to him.

9. If a child is frequently criticized, he will learn to judge other people.

10. If a child feels accepted, he learns to trust himself.

11. Respect your child if he’s made a mistake that he can fix. Stop him when his actions are potentially dangerous.

12. Don’t speak badly about your child, regardless of whether he’s present or not.

13. Focus more on the good you want to cultivate in him than on the bad that you’d like to avoid.

14. Always be ready to answer when you child calls, because it means that he needs help.

15. If doesn’t need help, don’t intervene.

16. Don’t interrupt a child when he’s focused on an activity, whether he rests, works or just observes other people.

17. The environment in which the child grows is very important, and shouldn’t be cluttered with useless objects.

18. Always mind your manners when you speak to your child and offer him all your best.

19. Help your child overcome his imperfections. Do this quietly and carefully, with patience, love and understanding.

20. Help your child when he’s looking for an activity and go unnoticed when he has already found one.

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