Maren Schmidt

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Learning To Engage

Written by Maren Schmidt

Knowing and not doing, is really not to know at all.  To truly know and experience something, we must engage.  We can watch all the football games in the world, but until we learn to throw an accurate pass, run past a halfback, or have been...

FREE WEBINAR: Dealing With Difficult Behaviors

Written by Maren Schmidt

Are you dealing with these aspects of difficult behaviors with children?

  • Parent's denial about the behavior
  • Lack of strategies on how to assist a child with difficult behaviors
  • Too much time spent supervising a child
  • Handling the stress and...

Learning To Set Goals

Written by Maren Schmidt

Goal setting seems to be an adult-oriented skill set.

How do we help our children learn to set goals?

Understanding The Three-Hour Work Cycle

Written by Maren Schmidt

Tired and agitated, Sara got ready for bed. What had happened to the day? She had woken up fresh that morning, ready to have a productive day.

During breakfast, Sara's assistant had called to alert Sara that she wouldn't be in to copy the reports...

Learning How To Care

Written by Maren Schmidt

Many things in life seem to be a closed system, as if certain concepts flow through an electric circuit.

To get respect, give respect. To have a friend, be a friend. Care for others and they’ll care for you.

The key to success in learning to care...

Alternatives To Punishment

Written by Maren Schmidt

Six-year old Bobby walks into the kitchen from playing soccer.

Bobby's dad, Tom, had asked Bobby to take off his muddy shoes before entering the house. Red Georgia mud dotted the new hallway and den carpet.

When Tom sees the footprints, he is...

Learning To Be Good At Doing Things

Written by Maren Schmidt

Recently I read an article by a father of a three-year-old boy discussing his son’s prowess in the kitchen, and what a surprising amount of tasks his son could accomplish—washing vegetables, stemming mushrooms, cracking eggs and kneading dough.

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Three Ways To Change Behavior

Written by Maren Schmidt

Lisa is so different from Grace. Grace never broke anything when she was this age. Lisa breaks something every day," Meg told me at our playgroup with ourone-year olds.

Meg, a long-time friend, was over 30 when she had her first child....

FREE WEBINAR: Helping Children Learn To Listen

Written by Maren Schmidt

In my many years of working with young children, there is one question I hear frequently from parents and teachers:

How do I get children to listen to me?

When we are confronted with tantrums, defiant behavior, or worse, it’s difficult to know...

Learning To Make Choices

Written by Maren Schmidt

Our children’s world is changing at a pace that is difficult to comprehend.

The jobs that are here today probably won’t exist in ten, much less twenty years.

We need to teach and help our children learn a skill set that will enable them to...