Maren Schmidt

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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...

FREE WEBINAR: Transforming School Families Into Dream Families

Written by Maren Schmidt

Are you concerned about connecting and engaging with the new families in your school?

Are you looking for the steps to create your ideal school community?

Please join me for this FREE one-hour webinar, Transforming Your School Families Into...

Learning To Question

Written by Maren Schmidt

Information is an avalanche.

Technology experts tell us that every two days we now create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.

To be able to dig ourselves out of this morass of words and images, in order to...

Learning To Deal With Change

Written by Maren Schmidt

Learning to deal with change has become one of the critical life skills of our times.

The amount of new information that we can access through the internet grows in such a geometrical progression that it staggers the mind.

In 2010 Eric Schmidt,...

The Prepared Environment

Written by Maren Schmidt

"Pretend that you just found out that you'll have to be in a wheelchair for a year, possibly longer. What adjustment would you have to make to your home to accommodate this change? This week crawl around your house, through every room, and make a...

Three Levels of Obedience

Written by Maren Schmidt

Sometimes when I am working on the computer I feel like a three-year-old.

At least, I think I feel like a three-year-old.

I try to do some function that I haven't done in a while, and I look at the computer screen wondering how I did it. When I...

Learning To Love To Learn

Written by Maren Schmidt

Trying to keep our children frustration free by controlling the consequences of movement--for example using spill proof drinking cups instead of ones that can spill-- prevents our children from getting necessary and accurate feedback for optimal...