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Hey! I'm Nicole, writer and mom behind the The Kavanaugh Report. And, I'm here to stand up into the mic and say that I love Montessori, and I want to share that Montessori joy with you.

In 2009, I started this little blog as a way to keep in touch with family and friends. Since then, it's morphed into a way to share the realities of Montessori parenting with the world.  See, a big little someone joined our lives in 2011 that changed everything -- Henry.

I will forever be thankful to Henry in helping me discover Montessori. He was a big personality in a tiny baby body that left us feeling like there had to be a better way to "do" this parenting thing. One day I came across the word "Montessori" and have been hooked ever since. I couldn't stop reading, talking, writing, and learning about Montessori.

Overtime, we started incorporating more and more Montessori into our home and parenting. And the more we did that the more we fell in love with Montessori. We saw changes in ourselves and in our child. He was happier, more focused, and overall more independent. I was more understanding, patient, and aware of his developmental needs.

In June of 2014, after dealing with recurrent pregnancy loss, our rainbow baby Nora was born. Unlike Henry, Nora has been Montessori from birth. We have purposefully avoided many mainstream early education techniques and products in favor of a Montessori approach. Finally, in November of 2016, Augustus was born. He too has been Montessori from birth. You can follow his development, in my weekly Montessori Baby Series.

Today, I write about our Montessori journey and the Montessori method on The Kavanaugh Report. These posts are glimpses into how we purposefully live and strive to create the best life possible for ourselves and our children. I'm also proud to offer a variety of online Montessori parenting courses to help you find the joy of Montessori in your own home with your children. 

In addition to writing here, you can also find me on Instagram {pretty much hourly} and on Facebook. I am also the co-admin of the Facebook group Montessori 101, a wonderful resource for anyone interested in Montessori -- no matter where they are on their journey. And, I'm the Admin for the Facebook group Montessori in Minnesota. Thank you for following us here! 

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The Kavanaugh Report uses affiliate links through Amazon and Etsy at no cost to you. If you click and purchase a product from an affiliate link, I receive a small commission. This does not increase the price you pay or effect the sale in any way. I would like to thank anyone who has used an affiliate link to support this site! 

From time to time, I also review products in sponsored posts. These posts are always honest and reflect my true views on the product. I will always disclose within the post whether they are sponsored or not. Most of the time, however, the products featured on this site are things I own and use or are things that I believe are worthy of a Montessori environment. 

Updated May 2017

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