Education Archives

Raising a child also means educating them, helping them learn the rules of life necessary to live harmoniously with others in the communities we live in, and most importantly, helping them become independent adults. In addition to these aspects, in this category we also talk about kindergarten and school.

Punishments for children? Harmful and useless

Elena Ravazoloeducator

The danger of an education system based on rewards and punishments is that, over time, children and parents become distant, because the child, in addition to having no freedom of choice, will not consider the consequences of what he does , but will only decide based on the adult’s reaction

Candy and other extortions

Chiara Borgiaeditor of Uppa magazine

The little girl receives candy as a prize

In contrast to punishment, reward appears at first sight to be a positive incentive, which does not harm either the child or the educational relationship. But in reality, with this mechanism, the child obeys only to please the adult or to get something in return, and does not have the opportunity to take responsibility

“Yes, mom, I will right away!”

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

The obedient child helps load the dishwasher

For Maria Montessori, obedience is an achievement that consists of three steps, which she defined as “the three degrees of obedience.” First the child learns to respond to his own will and then to the will of others. Finally, during elementary school, he displays an interest in others, community, participation, and cooperation

Going out alone or with your family: you can also go out as parents!

Chiara Borgiaeditor of Uppa magazine

Family in an outdoor restaurant

It is important that the needs of all members of the family unit, from the youngest to the oldest, are heard and respected. Obviously, the needs of the newborn should be placed in the center: sleep, nutrition, contact are some priorities to keep in mind when choosing the social activities you want to carry out.

Simplicity is serious business

Francesca PericaMontessori teacher

The children’s market offers a wide range of toys to choose from, which are becoming more and more colorful and elaborate. But for children, order and simplicity are fundamental

Weird questions, logical questions

Monica Guerraeducator

Asking questions is a fundamental need for children, almost like feeding and breathing. The fact that they are questions that are phrased differently than how an adult would phrase them does not at all mean that they are less intelligent, quite the contrary. In fact, each has a meaning, a legitimacy, a right to welcome, because it expresses a deep-rooted curiosity

Practice autonomy

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

The little girl washes the dishes independently

A child becomes responsible gradually if we trust him and respect his intelligence. As part of this process, however, it is important to define what is permissible and what is not, and to allow the child to experience a level of responsibility appropriate for their age and developmental level.

Train for anticipation

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

Children play together with animal puppets

The moment of waiting is an opportunity for reflection, and reflection allows you to choose better and prepare. To this end, it will be important to prepare the environment, for example by ensuring that the material is available in a single copy. This favors individual work, without at all excluding joint work and collaboration: when this arises spontaneously, children can “do together”

Will it be a boy or a girl?

Silvana Quantrinopsychologist and psychotherapist

boy and girl twins look at each other

The look and attitude of adults on the growth, development and behavior of children has more powerful effects than we imagine. Today, with regard to boys, adult intervention is mainly oriented towards encouraging behaviors and choices, while for girls the bias towards skills acts more heavily.

Child’s play is serious business

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

The child concentrated while playing

Maria Montessori used the term “work” and not “play” to describe all serious and important activities that allow the child to perfect or acquire skills and abilities. When the child participates in one of these activities, the parent’s task will be to keep a low tone of voice, not to intervene unless asked, to allow time, space for choice and organizational autonomy.

“I promise you!”

Chiara Borgiaeditor of Uppa magazine

Father and son lying together

Teaching a child the value of a promise can be of great educational importance, in building personal identity, relating to others and projecting themselves into the future

The perfect child does not exist

Valentina Alice Tomasellidevelopmental psychotherapist

child plays with mud

Today, the expectations of mothers and fathers are increasingly high and not always appropriate for the child’s age, and performance anxiety can set emotional barriers for future teenagers as the years go by. We should probably keep in mind that the child’s development also includes mistakes, falls and second thoughts.

Little friends grow up

Chiara Borgiaeditor of Uppa magazine

Children are playing in the park

From the first months of life children show that they are attracted to other children and the interest soon becomes a desire to establish contact. As we grow older, social skills improve and peer relationships become increasingly desirable and meaningful

Ten things girls and boys don’t need

Anna Rita Longocommunication scientist

Little girl standing inside a playpen

There are few items that are truly essential to raising children in a healthy and balanced way. From bodysuits to orthopedic insoles, let’s see why ten rather common things should be avoided

Train with humility and patience

Annalisa PerinoMontessori educator

father and son playing

Respect his space, favor observation and preparation of the environment to limit interventions. Here are the precautions adults should take to train the child about autonomy and independence

Cartoons, between dangers and educational opportunities

Cosimo Di Barieducator

The little girl is watching cartoons

Cartoons are not enemies, but elements now ingrained in our culture that must be “read” and mastered in a conscious way. To do this, parents can act in three dimensions: choice, problematic and play

Masks at school, pediatricians: “Surgical masks are no longer mandatory”

ACPCultural Association of Pediatricians


There is no evidence to support the use of surgical masks in a school setting, while there is clear evidence that any type of mask is more effective under conditions of proper use. The WHO and numerous studies, in fact, highlight that washable masks are adequate for protection in non-healthcare settings and can be properly washed at home

COVID-19 and school: acclimatization yes or no?

Chiara Borgiaeditor of Uppa magazine

Father and daughter with their backs to the front of the school to start settling

“Settling in” in kindergarten and kindergarten, with the presence of an adult reference figure, is necessary to allow the child to peacefully integrate into a new space. Therefore, it is necessary to allow this also in the new school year, respecting the measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19

Hi Mom, I’m going to Kindergarten!

Chiara Borgiaeditor of Uppa magazine

The little girl enters kindergarten for the first time

The moment of entering kindergarten or kindergarten is often the first experience of prolonged separation from the family, and it is important to make this stage an opportunity for both children and adults to develop towards achieving mutual autonomy

Should we enroll him in kindergarten or not?

Chiara Borgiaeditor of Uppa magazine

Game for children in a kindergarten

Time spent in preschool and time spent with caregivers are two different experiences. Daycare offers the child the opportunity to experiment in an external but “protected” context, enriching the fundamental relationships with parents and family members that characterized the first months of life.

My son swears by it!

Giuseppe Sparnaccipsychotherapist

Little girl covering her mouth with her hand

How to behave when dealing with a child who says bad words? The “golden rule” is always the same: we don’t use words in front of our children that we wouldn’t want them to say

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