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March 27, 2020 81 min

On today's podcast I had so much fun chatting to Nicole Kavanaugh of The Kavanaugh Report, mother of four children (and a dog), raising four children in a Montessori way. So if you've ever thought it might be easy to raise children in a Montessori way with one child, but struggled once there were some siblings involved, this episode will help you breathe a sigh of relief and give you an insight into how it can be a more relaxing way to parent, even in larger families.

We cover so much in this conversation including:

  • dealing with 4 children who may be needing her help and how she gets them to help each other
  • what Nicole does when siblings are in disagreement
  • the different needs of a second plane child (6-12) and how they view the world
  • how Nicole uses her spaces in an intentional way to meet everyone's needs
  • how she looks after herself
  • some of their favourite practical life activities and the value of including children around the home
  • ways to give maximum effort to a toddler/preschooler
  • Montessori DIY ideas and her favourite thrift store finds
  • what she's learning about with her fourth child
  • their experience using a floor bed
  • how she gets her husband on board with the Montessori approach
  • how they maintain their partnership with 4 young children
  • and, something now often talked about, how she dealt with her miscarriages

I also talk about how I use Ayurveda to support being a Montessori teacher and parent and give an introduction to Ayurvedic principles. As well as answer a listener question about when a child throws, hits and laughs.

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The Montessori Notebook podcast is hosted by Simone Davies. Edited by Luke Davies of Filmprov Media. Podcast art by Hiyoko Imai.

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