The Mother Flipping Awesome Podcast
Season 3, Episode 12:
On Respecting Our Babies
On this episode, Abigail interviews...
Today I am speaking with Junnifa Uzodike, an AMI-trained Montessori teacher for the 0–3, 3–6, and 6–12 age groups. She runs her Montessori school, Fruitful Orchard Montessori, in Abuja, Nigeria, where she lives with her husband and three young children. She inspires parents around the world to bring Montessori into their lives by sharing her journey and offering courses and other resources via her blog at nduoma.com. Together with Simone Davies, she is the co-author of The Montessori Baby.
This week Abigail speaks with Junnifa Uzodike about her new book with Simone Davies: "The Montessori Baby". We talk about the importance of learning to listen to and co-create with our children now while they are young, and how this helps lay the groundwork for them to listen to and co-create with US when they are older.
2:00 Let's meet Junnifa!
3:20 Observing that a child's birth sometimes feels like it's the parent's story, but the child has their own story that is unfolding at the same time as ours.
5:00 Children need us to respect them and see their individual personality.
8:45 The importance of community when raising children.
10:45 Abigail shares a story about her first experience of someone talking directly to her first son as a baby and treating him as capable.
12:00 Building a respectful co-creative relationship with our children from a very early age.
17:30 Giving our children a choice is a muscle that both we and they need to practice.
19:00 Children learn by watching what we do, not what we say.
19:45 Looking at situations from our child's perspective.
22:00 Abigail asks Junnifa to share some tips on how to show our babies and children more respect.
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