83 episodes

Parenting is tough these days; it can feel even harder when you're doing it alone. That's why we're here - this is Shelf Help, where Montessori and parenting meet. Join Nicole Kavanaugh, Amy Dorsch, and friends to chat about Montessori, kids, mom life, and all the joy in between.

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    • Kids & Family

Parenting is tough these days; it can feel even harder when you're doing it alone. That's why we're here - this is Shelf Help, where Montessori and parenting meet. Join Nicole Kavanaugh, Amy Dorsch, and friends to chat about Montessori, kids, mom life, and all the joy in between.

    Montessori Parenting when Everyone Is Sick

    Montessori Parenting when Everyone Is Sick

    Amy and Nicole have been dealing with sick children the last few weeks. In this week's episode, we talk about how we approach sick children as Montessori parents. This conversation includes how we relax our parenting expectations, how we prepare our child's environment, and how we give medication when children struggle to take it. 
    Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2022/07/SickChildrenMontessoriHomes.html

    • 38 min
    Being the Child's Advocate in Social Spaces

    Being the Child's Advocate in Social Spaces

    It can be a challenge to navigate social spaces with children. In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy talk about all the ways that they advocate for this children in public. Whether the interaction is with between two children, between our children and another adult, or even ourselves and another child we talk about some of the Montessori inspired strategies we use to make sure everyone is treated with respect. 
     
    Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2022/07/AdvocatingforChildren.html

    • 49 min
    A Listener Q&A

    A Listener Q&A

    In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy answer listener's Montessori questions. This episode includes a lot of different topics including tummy time, cursive learning, phones and screens and routines. There's a little bit of something for everyone here! 
     
    Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2022/06/listenerpodcastQA.html 

    • 40 min
    Following the Child in Public

    Following the Child in Public

    Children are meant to exist in the world - not just their homes. In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy discuss how they prepare themselves and their environments to take their children into public. We review our mindsets, the limits we set, and how we allow for respectful freedom outside of our homes in both adult and child centered spaces.
    Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2022/06/PublicParentingPodcast.html

    • 34 min
    Making Plans for Summer

    Making Plans for Summer

    For many parents, summer break is here. In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy break down some of their summer routines, schedules and plans for their Montessori families. We include a little insight into how we balance scheduled outings, free play, and academic learning during the summer. 
    Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2022/05/summerfunpodcast.html

    • 31 min
    Siblings and Shared Bedroom

    Siblings and Shared Bedroom

    In this week's episode we continue our mini-series on Montessori siblings by chatting about shared bedroom spaces and routines. Nicole and Amy discuss their routines around sleeping and shared bedrooms, bedtime, and what they include in their shared bedroom spaces. They also address safety and how to keep kids safe when sharing rooms.
    Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2022/05/SharedMontessoriBedrooms.html

    • 41 min

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