Trust & Respect

At Play Mountain Place, children are treated with unconditional trust and respect. When teachers need to set limits children don’t like, they do so directly, without manipulation. Children feel respected even if they do not always get what they want.

This type of respect nurtures the child’s self-confidence and warmth toward others. With the respect of teachers and parents, the children are allowed to develop their own self-respect and authentic respect toward others.

In many conventional schools, the attitude of teachers toward children appears to be one of mistrustful guidance. At such schools, children’s spontaneity is often controlled or redirected by teachers, who spend much of the day in an authoritarian, teacher-directed mode. Children often resent the stifling of their natural enthusiasm and inquisitiveness, and in such environments, are rarely fooled by even subtle manipulation.

On a daily basis, Play Mountain teachers also model another tenet that the school adopted from Carl Rogers: the idea of “unconditional positive regard.”

The child is seen unconditionally as a positive being. It was Rogers’ belief that through this unconditional positive regard along with genuineness and empathic understanding, growth and psychological healing would occur. A main cause of suffering, according to Rogers, is due to people not being able to accept or allow themselves to fully experience all of who they are—which includes aspects that are not always socially acceptable. At Play Mountain, we embrace the whole child. By doing so, each child is encouraged to express and experience as much as possible.