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I can honestly say that I learned quite a bit about the Montessori approach at home. However, it seems too unrealistic at times, not really considering the ups and downs of child rearing. The real life examples given picture the child and family's life as always joyful and peaceful. The tone is condescending most of the time and it even tells you that you are "a bad mother if", which is unrespectful and totally subjective. I found it to be a stressful read at times. I think a lot can be done to make this book purely informational with realistic expectations and guidelines. The narrator doesn't really help with this either. I couldn't find similar books for this age group though, so give it a try!
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The book gives conflicting information between chapters, and is not practical or up-to-date with current safety standards. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
The interesting part of our situation is that we actually follow the Montessori principles, so we are already doing him the majority of what is described in the text, but the information itself is written with such a condescending tone that I struggled to get through the book. I finally completed it, trying my best to glean any pertinent information that could be applicable to my life, but I would not recommend this read to anyone. This book, the author, and the narrator are so condescending. If you're reading Montessori material and trying your very best, then mama- you are enough!
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