6 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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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.

    Staying Busy While Staying Home - Episode 6

    Staying Busy While Staying Home - Episode 6

    Like many families around the world, Amy and Nicole are busy trying to balance their new roles as homeschooling and distance learning families with their regular lives as Montessori parents. With children out of school, we are learning new rhythms and facing new challenges - including trying to find some silence! In today's episode, we share some Montessori ideas to balance it all. Plus, lots of great, easy to incorporate ideas for keeping your kids from babies to big kids busy and happy at home. 

    • 59 min
    Toddler Classes, Sports, and Summer Activities - Episode 5

    Toddler Classes, Sports, and Summer Activities - Episode 5

    In today's world there are so many options for child-centered classes. From music classes, to art and sports, parents are inundated with choices for their children. In today's episode, Nicole and Amy discuss their experiences with classes for babies, toddlers, and older children as Montessori parents. We'll share some tips on what to look for when choosing classes and sports. We talk about how to decide if an activity is Montessori friendly and fits with your child and family. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Social Distancing and Montessori - Episode 4

    Social Distancing and Montessori - Episode 4

    As the Covid-19 pandemic reaches further into the United States, we encourage everyone to practice social distancing at this time. In this episode, Amy and Nicole give an update on their Montessori homes and a look at how they are dealing with the closures related to the spread of Covid-19. We also discuss Montessori ideas and activities for children from birth to age 9 to try when they are spending significant time at home. 

    • 58 min
    Floor Beds and Art Museums - Episode 3

    Floor Beds and Art Museums - Episode 3

    Going into traditionally adult spaces with children can be daunting if you aren’t prepared. In this episode, Nicole and Amy share ideas on how to use Montessori grace and courtesy lessons to make it easier for you and your children to navigate the world. Later we’ll discuss why you should consider a floor bed for your home. From nursing to big kids, Amy and Nicole dive into how the floor bed influences their Montessori parenting.

    • 56 min
    Creating Your Montessori Routine - Episode 2

    Creating Your Montessori Routine - Episode 2

    Establishing a family routine or rhythm can be an important step in parenting young children. This routine can look differently for every family. In this episode, Amy and I discuss how we use Montessori to influence our families' rhythms and routines. Whether that is through the use of affirmations and grounding questions, or the Montessori 3 hour work cycle, we are diving into how we structure our days with babies, toddlers, and older kids. 

    • 37 min
    Welcome to Shelf Help - Season 1, Episode 1

    Welcome to Shelf Help - Season 1, Episode 1

    Welcome to Shelf Help, Where Montessori and Parenting meet. In today's episode, we introduce ourselves and our new Montessori podcast, plus discuss why we are Montessori parents. Come listen to us overcome the nerves of our first podcast and do a rapid-fire parenting Q&A! 

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

Allison5734 ,

Great resource

Thank you for starting this resource! Very helpful for those of us brand new to Montessori parenting. Please keep up the good work.

-emaline90 ,

Love this podcast!

Nicole and Amy are so easy to listen to and less fussy and pretentious then some other Montessori podcasters.

Wesley2364 ,

Yay! A Montessori Podcast!

Nicole and Amy have such a grip on parenting in a Montessori way. Thank you for initiating this conversation, and helping other Montessori families connect and learn from your experiences. 👏🏼🙌🏼

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