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The Montessori way has become one of the most popular ways of learning, encouraging kids to thrive with child-led play and activities. While there are so many beautiful toys out there to aid in Montessori learning, they can be spendy. But you don't have to buy these creative toys on Etsy or a boutique toy store. You can find some affordable favorites at Walmart. Who knew?


Here are our favorite Montessori-friendly toys from Walmart.

Children's Broom and Dustpan Set

Toy Broom, Dustpan and Mini Sweeper, $13.99

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How often do we see a "misbehaving" child and think to ourselves, that kid needs more discipline? How often do we look at our own misbehaving child and think the same thing?

Our society is conditioned to believe that we have to be strict and stern with our kids, or threaten, shame or punish them into behaving. This authoritarian style of parenting is characterized by high expectations and low responsiveness—a tough love approach.

But while this type of authoritarian parenting may elicit "obedient" kids in the short-term, studies suggest that children who are shamed or punished in the name of discipline face challenges in the long-term. Research suggests that children who are harshly disciplined or shamed tend to be less happy, less independent, less confident, less resilient, more aggressive and hostile, more fearful and at higher risk for substance abuse and mental health issues as adults and adolescents.

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The reason? No one ever changes from being shamed.

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