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Ashley Yeh: Montessori + EC


Ashley Yeh, NAMC-certified Montessori guide, shares how the Montessori method brings order, peace, and confidence to children and their families. Hear Ashley's EC story and how Montessori and EC maximize potty learning success (spoiler: Ashley did not practice EC full time!)

You will hear:

  • where Ashley first heard about Montessori
  • the Montessori mindset and how to cultivate it
  • how montessori maximizes early potty learning
  • Ashley's success with part-time EC
  • using transition times + montessori elements for potty learning success
  • how the Montessori method can reduce common behavior issues
  • why Montessori with infants is more about parents than baby
  • Ashley's top three tips for getting started with montessori at home

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Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 6 children (all under 12 yo) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)


  1. Avatar Louisa on March 29, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    I have practiced EC with both my kids (4y & 20m), but only in the last half year have gotten tuned into the RIE parenting approach. Your past podcast about RIE & EC was super timely for my personal journey & really assured me that these two schools of thought are not at odds with one another despite hearing the opposite from some sources.
    I’m facing a bit of a dilemma with my daycare, where they follow a Freinet philosophy: child-centered/learn by exploring. I love it in so many regards. My younger son has been out of diapers since 17 months (2 month hiatus from daycare while we traveled home to see family). Upon returning to daycare some of the caretakers there seemed to reject that he’s “ready” because he doesn’t initiate. One told me when a child is truly ready, all they want to do is go to the toilet. Our kid had this fascination at ~17.5 months – i maintain that he’s over that & now needs consistency, not confusion by being offered a choice of undies or a diaper.
    What can you say in defense of early potty training/ toilet learning against the belief that everything must be child-led? I can’t imagine the solution here is as they say: to put him in diapers for a few more weeks & see if using the toilet emerges as a priority for him. Any thoughts or advice would be very much appreciated.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 4, 2022 at 8:02 pm

      Diapers were invented about 70 years ago, prior to that children were out of cloth diapers and toilet trained by about 18 months, at the latest. In 1950, it was rare to see a walking child who was not toilet trained. Today it is common to see children age 3+ in full time diapers/pullups, this shows that caregivers choose how long to use diapers, the child does not.

  2. Avatar Sara on March 30, 2022 at 12:06 am

    So good to hear Ashley struggled too with EC, I felt her account to be honest, helpful and encouraging.. I want to hear more about the struggles and how parents over come them. Enough with the easy… I’m listening to get advice to reach my diaper free goal!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on May 4, 2022 at 7:48 pm

      Always remember, EC is not a perfect linear journey, it has it’s ups and downs and sometimes it’s pauses, you got this momma!

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