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The Montessori Notebook podcast is the place for all your Montessori inspiration. Simone Davies, author of The Montessori Toddler, reveals all her insights from years of being a Montessori teacher and parent. Through conversations, answering listener’s questions, and sharing what she’s been learning lately, you’ll be inspired to take those ideas that resonate for you and put them straight into practice to be a more calm, supportive parent or teacher. Simone is down to earth, warm, and makes ...
 
Parenting is often lived in the extremes. It’s either great joy or chaotic overwhelm. One moment you’re nailing it and the next you’re losing your cool. I want to help you find your way to the messy middle, to a place of balance. You see, balance is a verb, not a state of being. It is a thing you DO, not a thing you ARE. It’s an action, a process, a series of micro-corrections that we make, each and every day, to keep ourselves feeling centered. We are never truly balanced, we are engaged in ...
 
Real Talk With Laurie with host Lauire Bowen shows her tenacity and determination as she brings guests who inspire and transform you; while Laurie's humour and easy going nature will keep even the most depressing of topics, light. Laurie’s faith, compassion and capacity for empathy is her greatest strength and as you tune in you will feel immediately at ease when you call in, so give her a call - don’t be shy. Laurie Bowen has lived a life of trauma and abuse and yet she continues to rise. H ...
 
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We are now entering the last 10 days of my 30 days of play challenge! And these days will be completely dedicated for you to take intentional and decisive actions to achieve a fulfilling child-led play. ​Play is important. If there is one thing you take away from this month we've dedicated to playing, it's that play MATTERS, to children, adults, & …
 
We are now getting ready to enter the home stretch of the 30-day play challenge! If you joined, I hope you are getting a lot of it. For the past few weeks, we have been slowing things down, observing our own reactions to play, and reflecting on how we feel about it. Now, we are getting ready to move into the ACTION phase! And even if you haven't be…
 
In the previous episode, you have learned about the importance of independent play. But do you still hear your child say: "Mom, Dad, play with me!" multiple times that it felt like IT IS AN OBLIGATION to do so? And when you do play with them, it drains the life out of you? Well, I want to help you be free from this pressure and teach you how to hav…
 
Happy New Year! ​The year 2020 gave us a lot of worries and fear but I hope you were able to welcome 2021 with positivity. And I wish that you and your family will have the peace and healing that you need from all that you have experienced in the past year. As we welcome the new year, I want to help YOU become more balanced, centered, and deeply co…
 
Early child developmental theorists used to believe that children are blank slates and it is our job as parents to "fill them in". Luckily the field has moved on from this and modern research has demonstrated repeatedly how untrue this really is. Children are curious beings who love to explore and discover new things. And thus, they are capable of …
 
In my Balancing U Membership Community Facebook Group, members are able to join me on the podcast for free Live Coaching. And so, for this week’s podcast, we will be having a live coaching call with one of the members. This member, who is a beautiful mom, bravely took this opportunity to take action towards bettering herself and her parenting for h…
 
I have been receiving a lot of questions from parents lately telling me that no matter what they do, they just can’t get their child to stop wetting their bed and/or having accidents, and the pandemic seems to only have made things worse. Have you been there too? Well, I just got the answers for you... are you ready for what we are affectionately c…
 
You know that moment where you realize you haven't heard your kids for a few minutes; where your house is suddenly suspiciously quiet?? And then you go and look for them and find them happily engaged in... redecorating your walls with markers, squeezing all the toothpaste out on the counter, climbing a bookcase (😱) or, (as happened once in my house…
 
Tell me, does this sound familiar? ​You are getting your little one ready for bed but suddenly they burst into tears or explode into a tantrum. You are already tired from a long day and really just need bedtime to happen so that you can finally get a chance to relax, to turn off. But no matter what you do to try soothing your child and get them to …
 
Do you ever experience having your child sit on your face? Or your child keeps on chewing that toy? Or who likes to spin in circles and to move constantly? ​I do and I know parenting with sensitive, strong-willed, or spirited children can be tough. This can be a cause of stress and anxiety for us. ​For this episode, we are going to discuss a topic …
 
The holiday season is a time for gift-giving, parties, and fun-filled activities that are meant to bring us feelings of happiness and love. But it can also be a stressful time for us (especially parents!) and a time when we often feel a lot of pressure to BE a certain way and to have it GO a certain way, and this can lead us to unconsciously slip a…
 
Tell me if this has happened to you: You're with your family and the kids start squabbling or acting out and you can see your partner's blood start to boil. You can tell they are getting triggered and that their thoughts are going down a path that will lead them to start parenting outside of your goals and values... Have you been there? Me too! And…
 
As you pack away your Halloween decorations and begin looking toward the start of the holiday season if you're anything like me you're already feeling the worry and overwhelm starting to bubble up. The holiday season during ANY year can be stressful for families, especially moms who carry so much of that load. But this year is a whole other story. …
 
As we evaluate our parenting, we realize that what we do is reminiscent of how our parents raised us. And this traditional way of raising our kids, lead us to control, yell, isolate, and punish our kids when they resist or when they feel big emotions. If we continue this path, our kids will eventually pick up what we teach them and bring this with …
 
If you're parenting children of different ages, I could imagine how difficult it must have been for you to balance each of their needs. Each age brings its own challenges, so how do we support everyone in a way that is developmentally appropriate for each individual kid? ​How do you balance your children's emotional needs at various stages of life?…
 
Even though Halloween in the time of Coronavirus is looking like it will be a little different, one thing that will be the same is the increased access to candy and sweet treats our kids have this time of year. If you've ever wondered how to take a balanced, healthy, and evidence- based approach to halloween candy (and treats year round!) then this…
 
Growing up you were likely told by your parents what to do, how to do things, how to behave, etc. And because of how you were brought up, you bring with you these learned values in parenting your children. And even though you are working toward embracing more relationship-focused, respectful approaches, you likely still have the tendency to control…
 
I know that as you transition from being a couple to becoming new parents is overwhelming. Your SLEEP DEPRIVED, EXHAUSTED, AND ISOLATED. And it's even more challenging when you and your partner have misunderstandings about your roles as parents. In this episode, my guest Stacy Spensley and I will be talking how to be intentional in dividing your pa…
 
You know, a lot of us FEEL VERY UNCOMFORTABLE when big feelings come up. Feelings such as FEAR, ANXIETY, SADNESS, FRUSTRATION, and any other negative emotions can easily make us freak out and panic. They are uncomfortable and trigger unwanted thoughts such as "I can't handle this" or "this is horrible, I need to push it down" linger on our minds wh…
 
You know, just like us parents, our kids have big feelings when they are stressed. Just like us they feel overwhelmed, angry, sad; the full range of human emotions. But unlike us, their brains aren't fully developed and they have less experience regulating those emotions, which leads to big displays of feelings, like tantrums and meltdowns that can…
 
We've all been there. What starts out as a simple disagreement gets away from us. We get angry or triggered, we say things we don't mean. And now we feel misunderstood and disconnected. It's so hard in that moment to know what to do to bridge that gap, to make up, to reconnect. But it is SO IMPORTANT that you do. So in this episode, join me as I sh…
 
When my guest this week on the podcast, Chemay Morales-James, who is a social liberation education activist, became a parent and looked the educational resources available to her family, she didn't see her child in any of the materials. She wanted them to grow up seeing themselves and knowing that their histories, perspectives, and futures matter. …
 
In this episode, join me as I sit down with Dr. Lynyetta Willis, a psychologist, and a family coach. We will talk about how you can bring harmony and joy to your family, parenting, and relationships. Ultimately, preventing yourself from falling into a pit of stable misery. To get a copy of the Release Stable Misery Roadmap workbook, download it her…
 
Back to school is ALWAYS hard on kids and parents. The transitions, change, new expectations, all make this time taxing on little one's growing brains and bodies. And you can expect this to be even more intense this year. I'm hearing from parents from all over the world, in all different learning settings, that this time is really challenging. I'm …
 
In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Shimi Kang, who is an award-winning, Harvard-trained doctor, and author of the book The Tech Solution. With the changes brought by the pandemic, we revert to the use of technology to fill in our daily normal routine. This mindless use of technology can lead to health consequences. So, Dr. Kang will share with us…
 
The pandemic had brought so many changes in society. It affected the way we live and how we socially interact with others. For kids in the 3-5 age range who are still developing social skills, this situation is quite discouraging for them, leading them to act out. In this episode, I will help you understand why your children in this age range are s…
 
Parenting is one of the topics that couples disagree and argue about most frequently. And because we don't always use the best conflict tactics this topic can become highly charged and we can create an environment of criticism, blame, and defensiveness. But as we discussed in Episode 17, differences in parenting style are inevitable. So the key her…
 
In this episode, I welcome you my new guest Alison Coombs, a personal trainer and a Pelvic Health Specialist. We discuss about how to stay balanced when you feel grounded. You'll also learn the importance of having a community that supports you. And understand that we don’t have to get to that rock bottom in order for us to realize that our health …
 
In this episode, I sit down with Mariela Ortiz, a wellness coach for moms and their kids. We discuss the process of moving from being reactive to being responsive as a parent, what to do when you’re triggered, and some more tips on how to respond from your deeper goals and intentions for your child and for your relationship with them. Want to find …
 
Have you ever had an argument with your other half in front of your kids? Are small conflicts disturbing the peace between you and your partner? Come and join me in this episode as I discuss three tips for parenting conflict. I am also sharing my free Partners in Parenting workbook which you can download here: GET THE PARTNERS IN PARENTING WORKBOOK…
 
In this episode, I talk about the 5 common problem-solving mistakes parents make when confronting their kids about an unsolved problem and I also discuss 5 tips to make your problem-solving conversations more effective with your kids. If you want more support in learning how to solve problems collaboratively I’m holding a workshop soon! You can get…
 
The last time I interviewed Katie she was 8 months pregnant with her first child. Now her baby, Aaron is 11 months old. Check in on how Montessori has played a role in their home for the first 11 months of Aaron's life! Links: Scotch Brand Pro Thermal Laminator, Never Jam Technology Automatically Prevents Misfed Items, 2 Roller System (TL906), 9 in…
 
In this episode I walk you through the process of setting limits with compassion and respect. Its a simple process but not always easy to implement and so I give you some examples and pointers as well. If you want more support in learning how to bring this type of parenting to life in your family, please join me in my new course: Respectful Parenti…
 
In this episode I sat down with my amazing husband Dan to answer YOUR burning questions about getting on the same page as parents. We discussed everything from how he realized that he couldn't just parent from instinct anymore, his favorite ways to learn about parenting (Surprise! It's not from me!), how we navigate parenting mistakes and disagreem…
 
In this episode I sit down with my colleague and kindred spirit Marlene Spence, parent educator and child behavior strategist. We discuss how to figure out what a child's behavior is communicating to you and then how to support them in meeting your expectations. We also discuss what positive reinforcement REALLY means, and how to use it in a way th…
 
In this episode I sit down with my colleague Michael Arterberry who works with teens helping them make sense of their lived experiences and find their purpose. He shares his wisdom gained from his own healing experience, his experience as a father of two teens, and years of working with teens from all backgrounds. Specifically you will find tips fo…
 
We hear ALL THE TIME that you can't pour from an empty cup, right?? And it's true, you must put your own oxygen mask on first and meeting your own needs for rest, grace, empathy will allow you to show up in your relationships with your partners and children with more presence, authenticity, and joy. But sometimes it feels like there is just never e…
 
In this episode of The Balanced Parent Jen Lumanlan of the Your Parenting Mojo podcast joins me to walk us through some of the things to consider as we make decisions about how to educate our children in the midst of the uncertainty caused by this global health crisis. We explore what school might look like in the fall, how to let your child lead t…
 
In this episode I sit down with Tilda Timmers, author of the honest and helpful book: This is Postpartum. After overcoming intense Postpartum Depression herself Tilda was inspired to go back to school, become a therapist specializing in the transition to motherhood and is here to share her wisdom on how thrive in your postpartum period anytime, but…
 
In this episode I welcome my first guest, Anna Seewald of the Authentic Parenting Podcast. Listen in as we discuss how to manage stress and return to balance when you are overwhelmed. While we do discuss a bit about the specific circumstances of the pandemic and being at home with our families, we ALL know that overwhelm is nothing new for parents,…
 
In this episode I share how my family approaches screen time in a way that sets children up to have a healthy, balanced relationship with screen media and technology. Plus I give tips for how to work together as a family to set technology intentions and goals, how to bring an abundance mindset vs scarcity to screen time, and how to help your kids s…
 
In this episode we discuss the origin of our triggers, as both parents and partners: How they come to be, what they mean about us and out inner world and narrative, why they so often emerge in our most significant relationships, and how we can respond consciously to the child in front of us by healing the hurting child within us. I give you FIVE st…
 
In this episode we explore the power that acceptance can bring to our lives. You may have heard the famous saying by Carl Jung: "What we resist, persists." but what does that mean for parents in our every day lives, or what about during times that are legitimately hard? In this episode you will learn what acceptance is, what it is NOT, and how to a…
 
In this episode I share with you how to avoid losing your patience with your kids. I give you FIVE of my best strategies that all parents looking to be more respectful, conscious and connected in their parenting are going to want to start putting in to practice today. In fact, these practices aren't just applicable to parenting, they apply to all r…
 
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