A Parent’s Tool Box: The Compass


We might think the compass  useful if we have run away for awhile and decide to find our way back home!

Use: The compass will encourage you to check in on the direction you are going and also help you to reorient to your True North. It will help when you get lost in the woods and feel as though you are wandering.

  1. Have a conscious parenting plan for discipline so that you can be consistent and compassionate.
  2. Write down the characteristics that you would like your child to develop and support them through modeling and active teaching.
  3. See the big picture. Pay attention to strategies that may give you immediate “good” effects yet are unsustainable. (Offering a treat for good behavior in the store. What pattern are you creating?)
  4. Understand your own story. Often we were parented in ways that were not the kindest and most loving. Our patterns can repeat if we are not aware and making conscious choices. (An important principle of attachment parenting)
  5. Review your commitments and schedules from time to time to make sure you are in rhythm with a life you want to live
About The Author

Lois Olson

Founder of The Montessori Children's House Inc. Laramie, Wyoming Montessori Primary Certification 1973
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting facilitator certification
Thirty eight years of experience working with children ages 3-6
Twenty five years facilitating parenting groups
Ten years facilitating teacher training
B.A In Psychology