I believe that children are deserving of respect.
Montessori schools view children as humans, and that all humans are inherently valuable and deserving of respect. We do not talk “down” to children, but treat them as equals. We ask permission before we assist with their physical needs, look them in the eye and speak gently, and use clear and concise but accurate vocabulary to communicate. When children are hurting others or themselves, we do not shame them or rebuke them, but instead, respectfully ask them to step aside and then calmly explain how their actions are hurtful to others or themselves. We invite them into the problem-solving process and listen carefully to what they are communicating. Children discover that there is much freedom in a Montessori environment, and yet respect is given when we provide them with developmentally appropriate boundaries. In other words, freedom with limits.
Traditional parenting and caregiving tends to be authoritarian, and a common modern parenting style is what is known as permissive Science says both of these approaches bring negative outcomes. Instead, research seems to support that the authoritative style (limits with high levels of warmth and responsiveness) provides the best outcome for the child. In Montessori terms, freedom with loving limits.