The early years of a child’s life are the most important for their long-term development. Sometimes, the abundance of information out there can feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate. My New Life is here to support parents and help make sense of the science behind early learning.
I’m Jessica Rolph, mother of three and CEO of Lovevery. With the help of experts from around the world, we break down all the child development science into usable nuggets of knowledge that you can put to the test in your own home.
A more accessible Montessori
Many new parents struggle with decisions around learning outside of the home. When is the right age? Is daycare or preschool the answer? Then there’s the decision regarding what learning philosophy to follow. Nikki Johnson (@cultured_montessorian) struggled with these decisions and landed on a homeschooling arrangement that aligns with Montessori. Nikki and Jessica examine Montessori through a modern lens, from screen time to clutter.
Understanding RIE parenting
Feeding, diapering, dressing, soothing. When in overdrive, pausing to observe doesn’t always come naturally, but looking and listening before responding to your baby or toddler can lead to some surprising discoveries about your child, and yourself! Something called RIE parenting is founded on that principle. Jessica Rolph, your host, welcomes Hannah Olavarria to today’s episode. She has been trained in the foundations of RIE and is half of the parenting duo behind Upbringing.co.
Because it moves! How girl & boy brains differ
Our ideas around femininity and masculinity have significantly evolved in recent generations, but there is still lots of room for growth. Today’s guest argues that understanding the differences between genders — specifically, the ways in which girl brains differ from boy brains — can actually break down those gender stereotypes. Dr. Leonard Sax is a physician and psychologist, as well as the author of "Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differe
"How to Talk" authors on what to say to your toddler
It’s remarkable how choosing your words carefully can mean the difference between a moment of connection or disconnect. Today’s guests are experts at effective communication with young children. Joanna Faber and Julie King are co-authors of the book, "How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen", and they have just released a second book: "How To Talk When Kids Won’t Listen". Joanna and Julie share helpful tools to communicate with young children thoughtfully, avoiding orders and threats.
Co-regulating emotions with Mr. Chazz
We’ve all been there: Witnessing the big emotions that roll in from the left field and feeling ill prepared for the storm that follows. Toddlers are excellent at showing emotions but not yet skilled at expressing them, that is why they need our help naming and understanding their feelings. Mr. Chazz walks us through how to co-regulate and offers tips on how to best communicate what the child is feeling in these dysregulated situations.
A Montessori perspective on toilet learning
Jessica Rolph, your host, is joined by Nicole Kavanaugh, a Montessori parenting expert and the writer and mom behind The Kavanaugh Report. Learn why Nicole takes a firm stance against bribing and likes to see children take an active role in their own potty learning. This doesn’t have to be a sprint to the finish. Removing some of the pressure tends to make the process a whole lot more enjoyable for the parent, and the child.