Entries by Suzanne Ross

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!

Nightmare In Paris: Exorcising Our Demons

Suzanne Ross advises that the nightmare of continuous violence will end when we confront the terrible truth: the demons we face “out there” are mirror images of the monsters that live in our own hearts. Our enemies are our twins: sisters and brothers to us of the same God of love who urges us to reconciliation and peace.

Tears For Girard

Founder of Mimetic Theory René Girard and educational pioneer Maria Montessori both evoke tears for the overlooked scapegoat, including children oppressed by adults who do not understand them. As we mourn Girard, Suzanne Ross reminds us we that we must also mourn our treatment of scapegoats, awakening ourselves to their cries.