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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.

Shelf Help Nicole Kavanaugh

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 182 Ratings

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.

    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
    Sibling Relationships from Birth

    Sibling Relationships from Birth

    Welcoming a new baby is such an exciting time for you and for your older children. There are lots of feelings - both happy and negative - when a new baby comes into your home. In this episode, Nicole and Amy share their experiences with cultivating a relationship between babies and their older siblings including some practical tips to teach gentleness and responsibility. 
    Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2022/05/BabySiblingRelationshipPodcast.html

    • 32 min
    Navigating Sibling Relationships

    Navigating Sibling Relationships

    It can be so beautiful watching your children develop relationships with one another as they grow. However, it's not always a peaceful process. In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy discuss how Montessori influences their parenting decisions when it comes to sibling conflict, and challenges. We discuss how we strike a balance between giving them space and intervening. 
    Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2022/05/siblingconflictpodcast.html

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

bpresley00 ,

Love love love!

I am actually pre-kid here but have a huge love for development. This podcast covers so many amazing topics and hearing the development and parenting side through the Montessori lens warms my heart.
They do a fantastic job speaking practically and showing you the real life side of it! Great jobs ladies.

LauraLHG ,

Good for every parent, not just for Montessori

This is one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to. Great ideas for everyone! I have implemented so many things from this podcast!

wkopsa ,

Conversation with Friends

One of my top five favorite podcasts! I enjoy the chatty, conversational style. I love sitting at the feet of more experienced Montessori moms. I eat up this podcast.

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