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Welcome to Upbringing. We’re Hannah and Kelty - twins, mothers and works-in-progress. Upbringing is a movement that empowers parents to grow up alongside their kids for sanity and social change. Through this podcast, speaking and coaching, we focus on our personal work as parents- the awareness, mindset and approach needed to raise amazing kids while ALSO getting shit done. Join us to radically redefine kids’ resistance as a magical opportunity to nurture skills and values like consent, non- ...
 
Being a parent doesn’t have to be overwhelming. This easy to follow guide to respectful parenting / mindful parenting is created to help parents feel more secure and create a calmer relationship with their children. Inspired by Montessori and RIE, amongst others, Aisha has spent years working with young children and would like to help parents embark on their positive parenting journey in a realistic and accessible way. You don’t have to read all the books, you don’t have to spend hours learn ...
 
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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Spirited Kids Club small group coaching is open for enrollment in August + September! What you'll receive: ⚡️4 zoom coaching sessions with Hannah & Kelty ⚡️2 hrs per weekly session (video + audio recording emailed) ⚡️7 parents to commiserate + connect with LIVE ⚡️Resources, discounts + more! SKC small group coaching is for parents who: ✔️ Are raisi…
 
Reminder! >> SPIRITED KIDS CLUB SMALL GROUP COACHING ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR AUGUST! A few topics we covered in this Q&A: - Parent worried about their kid who has lots some of his “spiritedness” - Implicit vs explicit learning - When to push and encourage vs accept where kids are at? - Kids jumping on all the things - The downside to praising our ki…
 
When talking about respectful parenting/ mindful parenting/ gentle parenting, we look at the whole child, we encourage parents to look at the big picture, beyond the moment, beyond the behaviour in that moment. I feel like we cannot talk about a holistic approach to parenting without having some understanding of how our children’s brain works. In t…
 
>> SPIRITED KIDS CLUB SMALL GROUP COACHING ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR AUGUST! - Kids’ personality types - worth analysis through the enneagram or Gretchen Rubin’s 4 tendencies? - 4yo too rough with little sib, constantly picking up - Teaching kids “consent”, modeling consent + boundary-setting, circling back when consent is broken - Inhibiting kids’ ph…
 
Floods of tears over the green cup, the broken in half banana or the milk that was supposed to be warm not cold and now it’s too warm. Our children can sometimes have the biggest emotions over the smallest things. If you are wondering how as a parent you can respond to these emotional outbursts, often called meltdowns or tantrums, then this episode…
 
Our Right From The Start online course is almost closed for enrollment! We loved sitting down with Paula of The Way We Parent Podcast and New Paradigm Motherhood Instagram Account to and connect about ways we can support our older kids as we add a new baby to the family! Click here if you'd prefer to watch the interview! Our Right From The Start vi…
 
>> SPIRITED KIDS CLUB ENROLLMENT IS OPEN FOR JULY AND AUGUST! >> RIGHT FROM THE START BABY COURSE IS OPEN TIL WEDNESDAY JUNE 30TH! - Kelty's nightmare bedtime and how Anne of Green Gables saved it - Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables - Kevin Sullivan Movies - Jo March of Little Women - quote: "There are some natures too noble to curb, too lofty t…
 
Our Right From The Start online course doors open TODAY! We loved sitting down with Jen Lumanlan of Your Parenting Mojo and chatting all things babies and new parenthood, whether it’s your first or fifth child! Our Right From The Start video course and community will bring you both the reassurance AND information you need in your baby’s first year …
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - SPIRITED KIDS CLUB - 3 SPOTS LEFT IN JULY! - Parent struggling with time-outs and consequences - Kid won't go outside, struggling with transitions leaving the house - The incredible power of t…
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - Unconscious beliefs that limit our ability to support our kids - Kid saying their parent "sucks balls" when they don't get their way - 5 and 6yo constantly bickering + fighting - Our job in th…
 
This week's episode is our first in our new mini summer series where we are diving into smaller topics. Today's episode is all about reading with older children, specifically reading chapter books. Nicole and Amy share some of their favorite chapter book recommendations and more about why they still choose to read aloud even to their older children…
 
As parents we often put unimaginable pressure on ourselves. We feel like we have to do it all and then when we can't we feel like we are failing. We get so caught up in looking after our children and often forget that we also need to look after ourselves. In this episode I speak to Nathalie Alvarado about re-connecting with our inner wisdom and rea…
 
Thanks for such a great LIVE Q&A! Grab a spot in our Spirited Kids Club for the month of JULY! BOOK 4 SMALL GROUP COACHING CALLS NOW >> Join the club for a weekly conversation with us (and seven other parents of spirited kids!) to realign your personal values with your daily parenting practices when it comes to supporting your kid’s big feelings + …
 
Montessori parenting is so full of joy and wonder. In this week's episode, Amy and Nicole are sharing some of their personal highlights and "ah-ha" moments of bringing Montessori into their homes. We hope this helps you take some time to reflect on the ways that Montessori has brought joy into your parenting. Show Notes: https://www.thekavanaughrep…
 
We all want our children to be polite, generous and kind. We want to teach them how to share their possessions with others and we want them to act genuinely. When our child doesn’t want to give up an object we worry that they might be seen as being mean, greedy, nasty or selfish. In this episode I am going to explore what it really means to share, …
 
As Montessori parents we need to balance our child's freedom of movement with safety. We always want to make sure our children are safe and able to explore their environments. In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy offer tips on how to balance safety, our own expectations, and our Montessori environment, particularly with babies and toddlers. We di…
 
Thanks for such a great LIVE Q&A! Last chance to join our Spirited Kids Club for the month of JUNE! BOOK 4 SMALL GROUP COACHING CALLS NOW >> Join the club for a weekly conversation with us (and seven other parents of spirited kids!) to realign your personal values with your daily parenting practices when it comes to supporting your kid’s big feelin…
 
Montessori has become very popular amongst parents in the last few years. But what is it that has attracted so many of us to this philosophy? What are some of the most important, fundamental principles of this approach and how can they relate to parenting? What are some of the most common misunderstandings and myths about the method? What can we as…
 
In a Montessori environment manners are approached differently than in many traditional spaces. In Montessori grace and courtesy lessons are used to give children the keys to unspoken social rules. In this week's episode we address how to give grace and courtesy lessons, what to do when challenges arise, and how to engage older children in these im…
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - 4yo won't leave places without being carried - Loving follow-through feels like a failure or a punishment - 4yo full-time resistance and parent guilt - Parent feels hijacked by their nervous s…
 
Parents and caregivers play an essential role in the lives of their children with IDD, helping to ensure their overall health and wellbeing, and supporting their social and emotional needs. The complex role of caring for a family member with IDD can be both a challenging and rewarding experience for caregivers and their families. In this episode, w…
 
Setting boundaries is an incredibly hard thing, it can often cause parents quite a bit of stress. Is this limit appropriate? Am I too harsh? Am I too lenient? Should I give in? They seem so upset, is it worth it? These are just some of the questions that come to mind. If you struggle with knowing how to respectfully set and hold a boundary then thi…
 
In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy talk about ten Montessori terms you should know when using Montessori at home. These Montessori fundamentals are important to understanding how children learn and develop. Nicole and Amy give examples of how to apply these terms in your Montessori home and how they influence Montessori parents. Show Notes: htt…
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - 2 yo high five pounding everything, including baby - 3 + 5 yo constantly hitting and hurting each other - Our instinct, goals and roles to support sibling conflict - 3 yo growling at babies at…
 
Join Aisha, Ana-Kay and Amorette for an inspiring, heart-warming and friendly conversation about raising twins in a respectful / Montessori way. How do we respond to two children having intense emotions at the same time? How do we model something to two toddlers at the same time? Do we have double the amount of resources? What are our twins’ person…
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - Kid pinching when dysregulated or a limit is set - 5 yo power struggles, quick to anger + snap at parent - Kid like a volcano - 9 yo boy screams in parent's face - Parents feeling triggered by…
 
This week, Nicole and Amy are tired from dealing with sleep regressions. So they play a quick game of Montessori true and false answering listener questions and assumptions. In this episode, they address whether Montessori is just for the rich, if it's right for every child, whether they want more babies, and more! Show Notes: https://www.thekavana…
 
On this week’s episode of IDD: Get to Know Me we speak to Courtney Weaver and Alex Echakowitz about the just-released Mental Health Literacy Guide for Autism, created by the Autism Mental Health Literacy Project (AM-HeLP). The guide is designed to “increase awareness and share knowledge around issues related to Autistic mental health. This guide is…
 
What actually is a Montessori resource? What the heck are open ended toys or loose parts? What does RIE recommend for babies? What is a passive toy? We are bombarded with adverts and beautiful images of all the resources that our children should have and often it’s really difficult to know what are the best toys to get for our little ones and what …
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - Kid won't brush hair before appointment - Kid telling mom to "be happy" when she isn't - 6 yo HATES the word "No", pushes back on limits - 2 yo holding food in cheeks + resisting swallowing - …
 
RIE®️ is a respectful childcare method created by Magda Gerber. With it's emphasis on intentional caregiving and predictable environments RIE®️ is beautiful. In this week's episode, Nicole and Amy discuss RIE®️ and how its principles are similar and different to Montessori for infants and toddlers. We share our experiences with RIE®️, which parts s…
 
Do you sometimes feel uncertain about how to respond when your children hurt themselves? Sometimes it can be quite stressful for parents, and other times we don’t really think it’s that big of a deal. If you’re wondering what the best way to respond when our kids inevitably hurt themselves this episode is for you. I will talk about why I think cert…
 
Montessori bedrooms can look and feel a lot of different ways depending on a family's space. In this episode, we talk about how they have used Montessori to create their children's sleeping spaces. They explore the qualities that are important to find in Montessori bedrooms. Finally, they address some of the challenges of creating a bedroom space i…
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - Alignment as a progressive parent - Feeling triggered a parent - Kid won't give up their pacifier habit - How to build collaboration skills w/ kids - Problematic caregivers - Apologizing + cir…
 
Siblings of people with disabilities often encounter unique challenges throughout their lifespan but their concerns are not always heard or acknowledged. In this week’s episode of IDD: Get to Know Me, Helen Ries, the founder of The Sibling Collaborative, joins us to share her journey as a sibling to someone with IDD and what drove her to develop Th…
 
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.t…
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - What is parenting for sanity + social change? - Self-care to then care for our kids - Transition issues - our expectations vs lack of skills - Parent struggling to leave 8 mo with caregiver - …
 
Do you sometimes feel confused about whether to help your child with a task or step back? Sometimes our children want us to do things for them and other times when we offer our help they get mad at us for even suggesting it! If you are wondering what is the best way to support our children through frustrations and struggles and when to step in or s…
 
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…
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - 8 mo awake 2 hrs in middle of night - 2.5 yo won't stay in bed or room, runs out - How to help regulate kids' nervous systems - Morning routine total chaos, won't get ready - The power of the …
 
Sibling relationships are some of the most important in our lives-doubly so when autism or IDD are involved. In this episode, Victor and Daniel chat with Victoria Cusumano and Nicole Bobbette on what it is like growing up with a differently abled sibling and how it can be different from typical sibling relationships. Victoria and Nicole reveal what…
 
Are you worried you aren't spending enough quality time with your children? Do you feel like it's another thing to add to your long list of things to do? What does quality time actually mean and why is it so important? If you’re looking for some easy and meaningful ways of connecting with your kids then this episode is for you. I will talk about th…
 
Welcome back to our LIVE Q&A SERIES on the podcast where we use the audio from our weekly Instagram LIVE videos. A few of the topics we cover this episode: - 8 yo despises and harms 4 yo sibling - Spirited kid has trouble making friends because they are so extroverted + loud - Parent struggles with staying the course with respectful parenting when …
 
Do your child's intense emotions make you feel uncomfortable, do you find it difficult to know how to respond or what to do during emotional outbursts ? In this episode we will look at how acknowledging our children's challenging emotions can help them process what they are feeling and how important it is to allow them to feel what they need to fee…
 
Expecting a baby or have one under a year old? Check out our new course, Right From The Start, which we launched this week! Only a couple days left to sign up BEFORE Sunday March 28! Get support in 9 modules of succinct 15 minute videos covering topics such as sleeping, feeding, bathing, diapering, sib relationships, big feelings, independent play …
 
If you’re not sure what to say to your baby or how to prepare your toddler for transitions, this episode is for you. It’s all about communication and specifically telling our children what is going on. I talk about how you can build this into your routine and make this a lifelong habit that can save you from many moments of frustration. I will give…
 
Advocacy and Inclusion in the classroom is crucial to people with IDD’s success in the education system. In this episode of IDD: Get to Know Me, Victor and Daniel explore why this is so important and the barriers that exist in creating inclusive classrooms. Victor takes us back to his high school experiences, when teachers really made a difference—…
 
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.…
 
Are you unsure about how to observe your child and why you should do it? In this episode I de-mystify observations and I promise that by the end of it the idea of observing your children won't seem scary or strange to you at all. I talk about why observing our children is so important and how it can benefit us parents. I tell you how you can easily…
 
This episode is a short introduction to me, Aisha and Trusting Children Podcast. I talk about why I started this podcast and how I hope it will help you on your parenting journey. I talk about how respectful parenting changed my life, what it did for me and what it can do for you. Want to know more about me, head over to my website. You can find th…
 
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