Freedom Within Limits Of Responsibility

Written by Maren Schmidt

Freedom and responsibility are linked together.

We are free to act when we have the right and also take responsibility.

For example, in our society, we have the right to drive a car. We exercise this privilege to drive by taking the...

FREE WEBINAR: Steps To Reading Success

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

In Steps To Reading Success, you'll learn:

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

Foster Cooperation by Giving Choices

Written by Maren Schmidt

Most of the conflicts we have with our preschool-age children involve getting them to do something they don’t want to do in a reasonable amount of time. Eating, getting dressed, going to bed or taking a bath may be familiar conflict areas. In...

From Creeping To Leaping The Kindergarten Year

Written by Maren Schmidt

A few years ago a Montessori mother, Sarah, allowed me to use the following letter in my Understanding Montessori newsletter.

The letter explains her confusion and decision about her daughter's third year in Montessori, or the "kindergarten year".

Avoid Discouragement, Apologize

Written by Maren Schmidt

"My dad never apologized for anything. He never admitted he was wrong, made a mistake or said he was sorry for anything. I think that caused so much friction and anger in our relationship. Now, I find I'm starting to do the same thing with my...

Giving Sincere Appreciation

Written by Maren Schmidt

One of the formative experiences of my early twenties was taking the Dale Carnegie Course in Public Speaking and Human Relations. Each class we focused on a tenet of Carnegie's philosophy, one of which is to give sincere, honest appreciation.

But...

Help Me Help Myself

Written by Maren Schmidt

Children from about age three are asking us to help them learn independence.

Children want to learn how to do things on their own without adult supervision or permission. Even though at times we feel we have to help children constantly, in...

Finding Seeds Of Appreciation

Written by Maren Schmidt

In our worst traits lay the seeds of our best traits.

In those moments when we criticize behavior, we have an opportunity. If we take the time to shift our perception and look for the positive in the situation, we will find a quality to...

The Myth of Sharing

Written by Maren Schmidt

Parents, picture this scene: Your folks stop by to visit with two people you don’t know, but are close to your age. Your dad says, “Give me your car keys, please. John saw your new car and he wants to take it for a spin. I know you’d want to...

Santa Claus: Making The Invisible Visible

Written by Maren Schmidt

“I’ve never gotten a present from Santa Claus,” said Iliana, my 12-year-old seatmate on an east coast flight. “My parents thought I should only be given verifiable facts. They told me there is no veracity in Santa Claus.”

“It’s too bad that no...