Montessori at Home: A Tip for Uncooperative Situations—Provide Choices to Allow Freedom Within Limit

Montessori at Home: A Tip for Uncooperative Situations—Provide Choices to Allow Freedom Within Limit

Updated: Apr 23, 2019

We all have experienced the situation when our children choose not to cooperate. Most of the time, it can be resolved through communication or logical reasoning. However, there are times when the situation gets worse, especially when children are hungry and tired. Sometimes this can lead to a disciplinary dilemma.


For example, when a child is not listening, we may say something that does not correlate like, “No dessert tonight” or giving a consequence that cannot be enforced. When facing this kind of situation and feeling your children are going to break down, providing choices to them is very helpful.


For example, there are times when you need to leave somewhere and children refuse to cooperate. The adult can ask, “Do you want to come to me all by yourself or do you need a little help?” Another way to handle this situation is to say, “Do you want me to hold your hand or do you want me to pick you up?” Be firm with the choices to provide effectiveness for the future.


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