Entries by Suzanne Ross

“Spotlight” on Children

“I believe that the most heroic thing the Spotlight team did was to follow their investigation beyond the truth they wanted to find. The discovery that Cardinal Law’s guilt was only the tip of the iceberg reveals that only taking down Cardinal Law would have been to make a scapegoat of the Cardinal to protect themselves from their share of the blame.” – Suzanne Ross on the Academy Award winning movie, “Spotlight.”

The 2015 Raven Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment Goes to Paddington

Paul King received the 2015 Raven Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment for his writing and direction of the 2015 full-length animated film “Paddington.” The film raises issues of immigration, fear, and the longing to belong without being romantic or idealistic about the problems faced by both the immigrant and the community which must choose to welcome or reject him.

Talking to Your Kids About Peer Pressure

In this video, Suzanne Ross explains the role of peer pressure in our lives through the lens of mimetic theory and Maria Montessori. Thinking about peer pressure as a form of imitation turns out to be a helpful way to understand the phenomenon in our children. But more importantly, it makes us aware that peer pressure can be good or bad for us and most certainly doesn’t disappear when we graduate from school.

Peace On Earth

On the Feast of Holy Innocents, Suzanne Ross channels the wisdom of Dr. Maria Montessori to contrast the violent way of Herod with the peaceful way of the Magi.

A Montessori Christmas

The blessing of receiving Jesus as a gift — given in pure love, unexpected, unasked-for — is what makes Christmas a time of deep joy. Suzanne Ross and her daughter Emily help parents and caregivers to kindle the special magic of Christmas for toddlers and young children with practical advice for how “less is more” when it comes to presents.

Happy Toddler Thanksgiving: Tips From a Montessori Parent

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, parents of toddlers might be looking forward to the holiday with a hint of anxiety tinged with their anticipation. Suzanne Ross and her daughter Emily use the wisdom of Maria Montessori and mimetic theory to help ease parents’ concerns and create a happy, stress-free day for their little ones and themselves as well. Happy Thanksgiving!