The Calm After the Storm: 7 Things to Remember in the Face of Challenging Behavior


Sometimes children get very upset and cry. Sometimes they have a tantrum. Sometimes we are left wondering how to respond.

Our goal in the classroom is to create a community that is based on mutual respect and cooperation where each member feels like a contributing member of the community—one that is valued and honored for his/her individual uniqueness. In reviewing the various ways to instill methods of positive discipline in the face of upset or “misbehavior”, the acronym R.E.S.P.E.C.T. aptly calls to mind the pillars of an environment that fosters self-discipline and harmony as its ultimate goal.

For a more in-depth look at how to follow some of the principles above at home, read about “Creating Emotional Safety…” on the American Montessori Society parent resource site here

The joy and smiles of our children strengthen our commitment to a Montessori learning environment. Westmont, founded in 1964, stands as one of the premier Montessori schools in NJ. We welcome you to discover our school.