Montessori Parenting Series

We’re excited to offer a series of Parent Education online events, featuring guest speakers who are experts in applying Montessori principles to parenting. We know that children thrive when home and school work in partnership. We hope you will join us, ask questions, learn, and gain support for your journey as a Montessori parent.

Offered every Wednesday Evening on Zoom

October 6th through October 27th, 2021

  • Eastern: 8:00 PM
  • Central: 7:00 PM
  • Mountain: 6:00 PM
  • Pacific: 5:00 PM

Registration is free for parents associated with Montessori Thrive member schools. 

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October 6, 2021

Montessori From The Beginning

Pamela Green

Pamela has taught children and families for over 30 years and holds Montessori credentials for Parent-Infant and Child, Preschool/Kindergarten, and Upper and Lower Elementary (grades 1 – 6}. In 1990, she began facilitating monthly parent education events and loved supporting families on their own Montessori parenting journeys. In 1989, she began attending births as a birth Doula and home birth midwife assistant, while also teaching childbirth education. She continues to be inspired by the families that she helps. During your time with Pamela, you will explore life within the first prepared environment and how pregnancy is a collaborative experience between mother and baby. A journey of communication and connection and discovery. She will share what she experiences as sensitive periods of labor, birth, and how she, as a Montessori birth attendant, observes, respects, and serves women and babies as they transition into life together after birthing. You can learn more about Pamela  More about Pamela »

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October 13, 2021

Tantrums and Defiance

Lorena Seidel

Lorena Seidel M.Ed. is a Social Emotional Learning {SEL} Consultant, a certified Montessori teacher, a trained Positive Discipline Educator, a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction MBSR}teacher, and a mother of three. She helps adults create a more positive relationship with young children and a more peaceful home and classroom environments. Lorena has helped thousands of parents and teachers stay strong, calm, and remain effective even under the most stressful moments. She has guided them to develop their children’s social, emotional, and life skills. Lorena has transformed the home-life and the parent-child relationships of hundreds of families- for life! A sought after speaker who has delivered keynote addresses and lectures at local, national and international conferences such as the American Montessori Association and British Columbia Montessori Association. Lorena speaks at libraries, organizations, and mom groups such as MOPS and Holistic Moms Network. Lorena’s articles have been featured at NYMetroParents, Motherly, Welcome Parenthood, and more.

 More about Lorena Seidel »

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October 20, 2021

Defining Your Child’s Role in the Family: How to Add Opportunities for Independence and Allow Your Child to Contribute

Katie Padiak 

Katie Padiak is a trained Montessori Early Childhood teacher with 10 years’ experience in the classroom. She is also the owner of Ontogenesis Montessori Consulting and works as a Montessori parenting consultant who helps families add elements of the philosophy to their homes. One-on-one, Katie helps families meet the needs of their child, build family relationships that promote connection, and support the child on their path to independence. She is also mom to a 3-year-old Montessori kid. Katie will speak about how to include your child in your family in a way that supports their independence and solidifies their role as a valued, contributing member. More about Katie »


October 27, 2021

Parenting with Emotional Intelligence and Love 

Shawn Edwards

Shawn Edwards has been working as a Montessori professional for 32 years. She began her work as an assistant teacher at the Post Oak School in Houston, Texas. The first time she saw a Montessori classroom at that school, she knew what she would be doing for the rest of her life! That summer, she enrolled in the Washington Montessori Institute and began her lifelong journey of working with children, parents, and fellow educators. In addition to being a Montessori professional, Shawn is a Positive Discipline trainer and holds a master's degree in Leadership and Coaching from the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of the Human Potential. The synergy of these three disciplines supports her leadership work as she trains, manages, coaches and inspires the adults with whom she works. She is also the founder of Toolhows: "how to" tools for parents and schools. As time permits, she prepares workshops and trainings and coaches educators and parents across the globe. She will be sharing her wisdom on emotional intelligence in parenting. She has helped countless parents and hopes to continue doing so! More about Shawn »