I am in no way an expert in the Montessori method. I actually never really intended to send my kids to Montessori school. So when I did my kid gave me a crash course in what it means to be a Montessori kid, and I had to change the way I parent to keep up with him. I have to admit, though, that I fell hard-core for the philosophy and the resulting changes I saw in my kid, and I think there are so many things you can learn from Montessori moms. In my case, Montessori moms taught me how to be a better parent, and I'm never going back.
So what is Montessori, anyway? According to the American Montessori Society, Montessori is an educational philosophy that focuses on and is led by kids. Montessori teachers — and Montessori moms — create a child-friendly space, and let kids make choices within specified limits to reach goals. Children are given more independence than is typically allowed in a class room, and are respected as human beings, capable of autonomy, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Sounds great, right? So, while I can tell you that it's not always easier to let your child learn on in their own in order to figure things out, I definitely think Montessori is a good fit for our family, and I've learned so much from Montessori moms that I think you should try.