100 episodes

Welcome Dear Friends!

I'm Charlotte, I'm a Parent Enrichment Educator; I guide parents in creating a holistic space at home that nourishes children (and adults) in body, mind and spirit.

By weaving together conscious, respectful parenting with the principles of visionary peace educator Dr Maria Montessori; I support intentional parenting, offering our children the freedom to follow their natural path of development in an enriching home environment.

My weekly Podcasts are taken from my TOP TIP TUESDAY sessions on Instagram Live, also available as a video on my IGTV @enrichingenvironments

The Enriching Environments Podcast Charlotte Awdry

    • Kids & Family

Welcome Dear Friends!

I'm Charlotte, I'm a Parent Enrichment Educator; I guide parents in creating a holistic space at home that nourishes children (and adults) in body, mind and spirit.

By weaving together conscious, respectful parenting with the principles of visionary peace educator Dr Maria Montessori; I support intentional parenting, offering our children the freedom to follow their natural path of development in an enriching home environment.

My weekly Podcasts are taken from my TOP TIP TUESDAY sessions on Instagram Live, also available as a video on my IGTV @enrichingenvironments

    ❤ Non-violent communication (or giraffe language) with children ❤ - Episode 5 - Season 2

    ❤ Non-violent communication (or giraffe language) with children ❤ - Episode 5 - Season 2

    During this session we discussed non-violent communication, how, and why we practise it.

    How learning this language of life improves communication, invites us into listening and speaking from the heart, and being with each other with presence and understanding

    Giraffes have the largest hearts of any land animals, so non-violent communication for children calls upon them (and us) to step into being as big-hearted as giraffes. ❤️🦒

    We discussed examples of bringing non-violent communication into our homes  and Communities as the foundation of the adult-child relationship; expressing needs and listening to others needs.

    I highly recommend the book by Marshall B Rosenberg - Non Violent Communication, a language of life. https://a.co/d/hGMezmW

    Non-violent communication offers a level of consciousness whereby people feel seen and heard; restoring care and connection in our families, classrooms, groups and communities. 🙏🏽😍

    Check out my new book.  The Montessori Mission; a window into the diversity and richness of Montessori around the world, is available on Kindle and paperback from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Montessori-Mission-Diversity-Wisdom-Reflection/dp/B0B5XCBM5G

    Visit enrichingenvironments.com/SHOP for my online Montessori Parenting Programmes, Workshops and Meditations for children.  I’ll see you there!

    *All podcast sessions originally recorded on Instagram Live, see my IGTV @enrichingenvironments for the video with captions, also available on Spotify, ITunes & enrichingenvironments.com

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    #enrichingenvironments #montessorimission #embodiedparenting #montessoriparenting #montessoriathome #parentingmentor #leadfromlove #nonviolentcommunication

    #consciousparenting

    #emotionalintelligence

    • 42 min
    Help - my child keeps interrupting! Episode 4 - Season 2 - Top Tip Tuesday Masterclass

    Help - my child keeps interrupting! Episode 4 - Season 2 - Top Tip Tuesday Masterclass

    Thank you for joining me!

    In this week's Top Tip Tuesday Masterclass we discussed interrupting.

    One of my clients has asked me for guidance in supporting children with interruptions (her children are 10, 9 and 6).

    In this session we covered


    What are realistic and unrealistic expectations and how we can tailor them in alignment with our child's age and developmental stage
    Tips that can support our children in moving towards fewer interruptions (as they develop and mature).
    Trust that with role modelling, space and time that our children will find their way.
    Most importantly, making time and space so our childrens' voices are valued and heard as much as the adults' voices in our homes, schools and communities.

    The Montessori Mission: a window into the diversity and richness of Montessori around the world, is available on Kindle and paperback from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Montessori-Mission-Diversity-Wisdom-Reflection/dp/B0B5XCBM5G

    Visit enrichingenvironments.com/SHOP for my online Montessori Parenting Programmes, Workshops and Meditations for children.  I’ll see you there!

    *All podcast sessions originally recorded on Instagram Live, see my IGTV @enrichingenvironments for the video with captions, also available on Spotify, ITunes & enrichingenvironments.com

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    #enrichingenvironments #montessorimission #embodiedparenting #montessoriparenting #montessoriathome #parentingmentor #leadfromlove

    • 37 min
    The Magic in non-correction - Episode 3 - Series 2

    The Magic in non-correction - Episode 3 - Series 2

    Thank you all for joining me for this Top Tip Tuesday Masterclass:

    During this session we found the magic in non-correction:

    Recognising that our child needs to experience the world in their own time, in their own way, a way that follows their natural development is a cornerstone of Montessori philosophy.

    This 'recognising' extends to not correcting our child when they get something 'wrong'.

    It can almost be a reflex action for us, this impulse to correct them, and yet, it is so rewarding when we don't, and we give them the freedom to work things out themselves.

    We discussed how hard it can be, and feel very uncomfortable) to NOT correct when our child wears their shoes on opposite feet, wears their T shirt back to front or writes letters/numbers back to front or upside down.

    Our conditioning, our own friendliness with error and cultural norms all contribute to how we feel and react when our urge is to correct.

    Our invitation is to be there and witness, really see what our child has accomplished in the moment.  When our children are given space and time to unfold they are immensely powerful .

    Not correcting asks us to trust that "when the child is ready she will do it properly".

    It is important for us to honour their path, their learning journey, and their 'mistakes'.

    As always, the energy that we bring to any interaction with our children is more potent that finding the right words/script to say.   A warm smile and noticing our child’s body language is open, joyful and proud when they have achieved something is enough.

    Let me know that you took from this session, and I look forward to seeing you

    The Montessori Mission: a window into the diversity and richness of Montessori around the world, is available on Kindle and paperback from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Montessori-Mission-Diversity-Wisdom-Reflection/dp/B0B5XCBM5G

    Visit enrichingenvironments.com/SHOP for my online Montessori Parenting Programmes, Workshops and Meditations for children.  I’ll see you there!

    *All podcast sessions originally recorded on Instagram Live, see my IGTV @enrichingenvironments for the video with captions, also available on Spotify, ITunes & enrichingenvironments.com

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    #enrichingenvironments #montessorimission #embodiedparenting #montessoriparenting #montessoriathome #parentingmentor #leadfromlove #enrichingenvironments

    #consciousparenting

    #respectfulparenting

    #montessoriathome

    #emotionalintelligence

    • 19 min
    The Power of Rhythm and Ritual - how a simple whiteboard can transform connection and cooperation with your children! - Episode 2 - Series 2

    The Power of Rhythm and Ritual - how a simple whiteboard can transform connection and cooperation with your children! - Episode 2 - Series 2

    ❤ Intentional Parenting: the power of rhythm and ritual 🥰

    In this week's Top Tip Tuesday's Masterclass we discussed how something as simple as a family whiteboard can support the consistency, predictability and routine that every child needs .  We had some beautiful embodiment pieces, feeling into our intention, our resistance when in a power struggle with our child, and visualising how we want to feel in our parenting.

    Here is what we covered during our Masterclass:

    🌼 This whiteboard is our new thing: myself, Olivia and Harry each writing on there what we'd like to do each day, what things we already have planned, what our commitments are. 

    🌿 Each of us have a voice, each of us can take ownership of our responsibilities (at a developmentally appropriate level), we decide  between the three of us what is possible and what is not possible.

    🌺 It's not achievable to be able to meet everyone's needs every day; but the power in this approach is that everyone gets to be seen and heard, everyone's voice matters. 

    🍁 For Elementary aged children, connection collaboration and cooperation is cultivated when they are part of decision-making processes, their strong sense of justice and need for fairness dictates this.

    💫 They will resist arbitrary decisions, rules and boundaries - our role is involve them in family life, the logistics,  the planning,  what we consider to be the "boring stuff".  

    🕸 They are often more creative and more resourceful in problem-solving and cooperation as they don't have the decades of bad habits that we do 😝, they are able to look upon things with fresh eyes. 

    😚 We can cultivate autonomy, empathy, collaboration, responsibility and a sense of agency just from something as simple as a daily whiteboard!
    Visit enrichingenvironments.com/SHOP for my Mentoring Programmes, Workshops and Meditations for children.

    My first book, the #montessorimission - celebration the richness and diversity of Montessori Parenting and Education around the world is avaible on Kindle and paperback on Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.ae/Montessori-Mission-Diversity-Wisdom-Reflection/dp/B0B5XCBM5G/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3FTECOS0TXT6E&keywords=montessori+mission&qid=1661840243&sprefix=%2Caps%2C195&sr=8-1

    *All Masterclasses originally recorded on Instagram Live, see my IGTV @enrichingenvironments for the video with captions, or or listen on Spotify, ITunes & enrichingenvironments.com

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    #montessorimasterclass

    #consciousparenting
    #montessoriathome
    #Montessorielementary
    #intentionalparenting

    #leadfrom love

    #guidefromgrace

    • 34 min
    Why is my child so rude? - Episode 1 - Season 2

    Why is my child so rude? - Episode 1 - Season 2

    This week we covered rudeness, sass, talking back, disrespect, and looked at the following areas: 

     ❤ Where does it come from? 

     ❤ Where do I draw the line between my child's healthy self-expression and disrespect?  

    ❤ How do find my calm?  

    ❤ Within each segment is an invitation into a  embodiment practice of intention setting, identifying feelings within the body and visualising release and new outcomes. 

    ☺  Join us on Instagram Live every Tuesday at 8:30pm Dubai time.  

    I would be so thrilled to hear about how you found this new format; dont forget to send through your requests for future Top Tip Tuesday Masterclass topics.   

    #leadfromlove #connectionnotcorrection #montessoriparenting

    • 36 min
    🧡 The Story of the Montessori Mission - how this passion project came to life 😍

    🧡 The Story of the Montessori Mission - how this passion project came to life 😍

    A year ago I launched a 10 episode Podcast Series called the #montessorimission featuring these amazing Montessorians @jeannemariepaynel @maanvi_and_me @rumi_montessori @indigenouscheerleader @montessorimusingsuk @monti.play @mainly.montessori.homeschool @montessorionwheels @momahillschool @montistory101   

    Seven years ago I had a vision of writing a book about Montessori, and from this Podcast that I created last year, that book was born ❤ This Instagram Live is the story of that journey.  

    The #montessorimission is available to buy on Kindle from Amazon (on desktops, not via the app). Print available very soon!   ❤🙏🏼🥳  



    #montessoriparenting #leadfromlove #enrichingenvironments #montessoriathome

    • 31 min