This week we are talking with Simone Davies.  Simone is the author of “The Montessori Toddler”, a comprehensive guide to raising toddlers in a Montessori way. The book is based on her nearly 15 years experience working with toddlers as an AMI Montessori teacher in Sydney and in Amsterdam. Simone currently runs parent-child Montessori classes in Amsterdam at her school Jacaranda Tree Montessori. She also has a popular blog, “The Montessori Notebook” and is mother to two young adults. Listen to Simone as she talks about how teenagers and toddlers are surprisingly similar, what the Montessori model of education is and how to incorporate it into your parenting.

Listen as Simone shares:

  • Parenting teenagers: seeing that your parenting hard work is starting to pay off.
  • Going through the hard bits with your children: learning to hold space for them to feel.
  • Montessori vs. traditional education systems.
  • Importance of education models fitting in with your family values.
  • Montessori principles can be applied in your home.
  • The internet can be helpful for connecting with other families.
  • Pillars of Montessori: curiosity, responsibility, trust.
  • Montessori at home: setting up your home, having activities, and parenting.
  • The importance for slowing down & connection.
  • How to scaffold skills.
  • The importance of observing our children and ourselves.


“Montessori teachers give as little help as necessary, but as much as they [students] need.” – Simone Davies

“Teachers have a lot of wisdom that we could really benefit from.” – Simone Davies

“There’s so much guilt around parenting because you see these perfect Instagram families.  You know, life isn’t perfect.” – Simone Davies

“As a parent we have so much stuff coming up for us, and how can we process that and where do we process that so we don’t take it out on our kids.” – Simone Davies


Simone’s Book: The Montessori Toddler


Simone’s Blog: The Montessori Notebook

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