A Thank You Walk

Written by Maren Schmidt

''I'm worried that my four- and six-year-old will be spoiled. They have such a great life--plenty of love, food, toys and money. I want them to be thankful for what they have,'' Melinda said.

Melinda understood that helping her children cultivate...

Leave It Ready For The Next Person

Written by Maren Schmidt

Sustainability seems to be a current buzzword. Product labels proclaim sustainability. Clothing is sustainable. Tuna is sustainable. New construction is sustainable.

Marketing types seem to be playing upon our ecological concerns of making sure...

How Do We Want To Be?

Written by Maren Schmidt

Each of us has a picture in our minds of how we want our personal world to be. This vision of our perfect planet contains the people most important to us, along with favorite activities, feelings, foods, decorations, surroundings and more.

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Parents Are The Real Thing

Written by Maren Schmidt

"Humans would degenerate without the child to help him rise. If the adult does not waken little by little, a hard crust will form around him and make him insensible.''

~Dr. Maria Montessori

Being in the city is interesting, to say the least....

Learning To Be Friendly with Error

Written by Maren Schmidt

If failure is not an option, neither is success.

An interesting idea. But isn’t it true that we learn most effectively when we’ve had to figure out a problem through trial and error?

On my typewriter (remember those things?) during my early 20’s...

12 Tips For A Healthier Brain

Written by Maren Schmidt

John Medina, affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine, gives us 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home and play in his book, Brain Rules. While imparting a peer-reviewed summary of...

Learning To Stop And Think

Written by Maren Schmidt

Impulsivity is a sign of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and probably most 36-month-olds’ behavior would meet the criteria for being ADHD.

Some of the criteria follow: makes careless mistakes, has difficulty sustaining attention in...

FREE WEBINAR: Understanding How Children Learn To Read

Written by Maren Schmidt
  • Want FUN reading activities to do with preschoolers?
  • Want to feel confident about children's reading?

In Understanding How Children Learn To Read, you'll learn:

  • Skills essential to reading success
  • Common developmental obstacles
  • Why one...

An Attitude Of Gratitude

Written by Maren Schmidt

"What do you see?" our communications professor asked as he held up a black and white ink drawing.

"A beautiful Gibson-style girl with a feather in her hat."

"No, it's an old hag with a witch's nose and a scarf tied over her head."

As we...

Learning To Speak Effectively

Written by Maren Schmidt

Over the past few weeks we’ve been discussing tools for our children’s success in a future that we may have difficulty imagining.

We do know that there are timeless learning tools that have enabled humans to adapt to new challenges. We are in the...