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.
Screen Time Q&A
This week we return to the topic of screen time and answer some listener questions about how we approach certain screen time scenarios. Questions included how we approach sports, restaurants and traveling. Again, we stress that every family will make decisions that feel right for their own individual families and children.
Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2021/04/montessoriscreentimeqa.html
Montessori Baby Mobiles
Tiny babies can interact with their environment in so many interesting ways. The Montessori mobiles offer a variety of interesting experiences for babies to explore in developmentally appropriate ways. In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy talk about their experiences with Montessori mobiles. We address a variety of mobiles, when to introduce them, and how we use them.
Show Notes here: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2021/04/shelf-help-ep47-montessori-baby-mobiles.html
How We Approach Screen Time
Screen time can be a hot button issue for many parents. This week, Nicole and Amy approach screen time from a Montessori perspective. We discuss some Montessori principles that influence our choices to limit screen time with our families. We share how much screen time we allow and what television shows we show our children.
Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2021/03/shelf-help-ep-46-how-we-approach-screen.html
When Grandparents and Friends Aren't Into Montessori
As the world slowly reopens, many of us are looking forward to seeing family and friends again. In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy discuss how they approach family members and friends who may not be into or know about Montessori. How do we open up these parenting conversations in these cases? This episode includes a discussion on how we approach grandparents, cousins, screen time, and playdates.
Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2021/03/shelf-help-ep-45-when-grandparents-and.html
Food Struggles and Success
In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy talk about raising intuitive eaters and developing a healthy relationship to food. We talk about how we balance offering choice, providing structure, and trust when it comes to eating. We share some of the challenges our families have faced and some of the ways we are scaffolding our kids to success.
Show Notes here: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2021/03/shelf-help-ep-44-food-struggles-and.html
A Little Shelf (Rotation) Help!
Themed shelves for every holiday? Weekly shelf rotations? Open ended toys? In this week's episode Nicole and Amy discuss toy rotations in their Montessori homes. We talk about how we approach toy rotations, themed work, and our rotation rhythms. From our own observations, to actually choosing toys, we talk about everything toy rotations.
Show Notes here: https://www.thekavanaughreport.com/2021/02/shelf-help-ep-43-little-shelf-rotation.html
Great, reassuring parenting podcast
I love Nicole and Amy. They are generally good at explaining what the Montessori ideology is and how they understand it verses when they make choices that aren’t necessarily strictly Montessori but it works for their family. They are also very understanding and supportive of different parenting choices. Their experiences over things like screen time, potty training, sleep, etc. have helped take a lot of the stress off of me because they both have their unique ways of doing things and they both have wonderful children. And they’ve given us a lot of ideas of different things and activities we can do with our child.
So genuine and openly honest
I absolutely love listening to Amy and Nicole on their podcasts. Having a 4-month-old infant at home right now this one really hit home for me with the breastfeeding topic. I love that they’re so honest about their feelings and experiences. Having a Montessori-based perspective on this and every other topic they have covered in their show has been so refreshing.
Kind of Montessori
I love a lot of parts about the podcast but have noticed a lot of inconsistencies while listening the past few months. There seems to be a lot of family practices that they just dub as Montessori because they decided them to be i.e. respectful parenting, on demand breastfeeding, no sleep training, etc. While some of these things are great and I agree with them they don’t cite or quote Montessori on any of it and basically say we think this is Montessori because.... we basically decide it is. There are a lot of very very well educated Montessorians such as Lillard, Jessen, Cushman who have written very reputable and popular texts that directly contradict some of the things that they say on their podcast are “Montessori because it is”. How the speakers raise their families is their business but it’s very confusing and inconsistent to listeners for it to be called a Montessori podcast when it’s just the way they raise their families... doesn’t make it Montessori. Also Nicole constantly talks over Amy. It’s very noticeable and kind of jarring since Amy is the one with the AMI education. Otherwise the podcast banter is delightful and relatable in a lot of ways. Will keep listening but won’t necessarily go for Montessori parenting advice.