In 1975, I read Parent Effectiveness Training by psychologist Dr. Thomas Gordon. 40 years later, I’m still recommending the Parent Effectiveness Training book. Why? Because it works … and it works well with Montessori principles. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). This is NOT a sponsored post. I just believe in Parent Effectiveness Training and feel it’s something that can be helpful for

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Welcome to Bits of Positivity! If you haven’t visited my blog before, I want to give you an idea of what Bits of Positivity is all about. I’ll share some of my most popular posts … and some of my favorite posts. If you’re here for the $1250 cash giveaway, you’ll find the Rafflecopter form at the end of my post! Bits of Positivity

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I love this Mother’s Day quote: “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while but their hearts forever.” (Author unknown) Here’s a word art freebie based on the quote. For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like to share the image online, please use the image with the watermark. Of course, I always appreciate when you link

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Kudos to fitness blogger Cassey Ho for taking a stand against body shaming and cyberbullying. It’s exciting that she’s made a powerful statement in a video that’s gone viral. Cassey Ho’s Stand Against Body Shaming and Cyberbullying Cassey Ho would like everyone to share her video to battle body shaming and cyber bullying. Here’s Cassey’s video: “Fitness Star Cassey Ho Takes on the ‘Perfect Body'” by

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I love the story of Misty Copeland. Misty defies the stereotypes of the perfect ballerina.   Misty Copeland is a great example for girls who are interested in ballet. She used perseverance to overcome obstacles in a dance style that wouldn’t traditionally have been a natural fit for her. For one thing, Misty lived in poverty and started taking ballet classes at age 13 at a Boys and

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If you follow my blog, you know that kindness both online and offline, is very important to me. When my now-adult kids were growing up, one of my greatest wishes was that my kids would be nice, would be kind. Of course, I wanted my kids to be successful, too, but I placed kindness in the number one position. And I’m glad I did. People have often commented on how

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2015 is the year I turn 60, but I’m happy to say that I’m looking younger than I did last year. No, I haven’t had plastic surgery or any “work done.” The main difference is that I’ve been using Younique cosmetics since the end of 2014. How Younique is Helping Me Look Younger Thanks to Debbie Clement from RainbowsWithinReach for introducing my daughter, Christina, and

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One of the things we’ve been talking about in our Montessori Crash Course is the importance of the sensitive period. You can read more about sensitive periods in this post at my Living Montessori Now blog: “Encourage Your Child’s Sensitive Periods.” I love this Maria Montessori quote about the child’s sensitive period: “It comes for a moment but its benefits last for a lifetime.”

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that helping individuals have a healthy body image is one of my causes. I have lots of posts about body image, with a list of them in my post on “Body Image Resources.” Today, I want to share some of my favorite body-image quotes. They can be wonderful motivation toward self-acceptance. There are many fascinating quotes about body image,

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Encouraging healthy body images is one of my causes. I have a number of posts about body image, which I’m gathering together today. You’ll find body-image resources here for children and adults, both male and female. Inspiration from Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton Help Our Daughters Have Healthy Body Images Helping a Daughters Self Esteem from False Media Images from A Daddy Blog Top 5

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I’m excited to be part of the 1000 Voices for Compassion! 1250+ individuals will speak about compassion today, February 20, 2015! We will each post our compassion creations on our individual blogs or websites. If you’d like to participate, you can read more about #1000Speak here: #1000Speak Specifics from Blogitudes. I love quotes, so I want to share the best compassion quotes for #1000Speak.

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The 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge ends on Valentine’s Day, but I hope you continue to focus on kindness. There’s another exciting event on February 20: 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. On that day, over 1000 bloggers, including me, will publish posts about compassion. Today, I have a word art freebie based on a beautiful quote that speaks of kindness and compassion: “A kind

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I love the focus on kindness during the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge: Here’s a wonderful quote by J. M. Barrie that fits the challenge well: “Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.” For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like to share the image online, please use the image with the watermark. Of

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I love quotes by Maria Montessori. This quote is perfect any time … and especially perfect for the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge: “Let us treat them [children], therefore, with all the kindness which we would wish to help to develop in them.” (Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook) For printing, feel free to download the word art freebie without watermark. If you’d like to share

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My family has participated in the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge since it started in 2011. We participated as an adult family until this year when we’re able to include 14-month-old Zoey. Even as adults, we used some Montessori principles during our challenge. This year, we’re using even more Montessori principles as we include a toddler. Using Montessori Principles with a Toddler or Preschooler

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