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Observation: the Most Important Tool to Master as Guides and Parents

Jeanne-Marie Paynel


Observing children for who they are without judgement or preconceived ideas is an important skill to develop if we are to nurture their immense potential.

Observing the environment to detect obstacles that could get in the way of children’s natural development and learning to observe ourselves with an open heart are critical tools to develop, whether parents or educators.

Join Jeanne-Marie for an open discussion on being a scientific observer.

“This idea, that life acts of itself, and that in order to study it, to divine its secrets or to direct its activity, it is necessary to observe it and to understand it without intervening — this idea, I say, is very difficult for anyone to assimilate and to put into practice.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

You can find the observation journal here



Jeanne-Marie Paynel, M.Ed, is a Parenting Mentor and Home Consultant guiding parents to let go of feeling overwhelmed and enjoy raising self-sufficient and resilient children with ease. She’s the host of The Art of Parenting podcast and founder of Your Parenting Mentor (formerly Voila Montessori) where she guides expectant parents, caregivers, and parents of young children to prepare their homes and themselves for children to thrive during the first years of life. She believes that a supportive and peaceful atmosphere at home will allow every child to flourish as an independent, confident, and capable learner. She combines her three passions: Montessori, Conscious Parenting, and Positive Discipline. Her mission is to help parents appreciate the true importance of their role – not as servants or teachers, but as supporters and guides of their children’s natural development.

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