Sensitive Periods: Sensory Development

Written by Maren Schmidt

Between the ages of birth to four-and-a-half, children are in a sensitive period for refining their senses.

Children at this age are capable of learning to discern hundreds of qualities of the things around them. Perfect pitch is acquired before...

Understanding Self-Discipline

Written by Maren Schmidt

It has been said that the only true discipline is self-discipline. With self-discipline we take ownership of our own behavior. We take responsibility for our lives.

As we discipline our children we might consider that our goals should include...

Sensitive Periods: Social Relations

Written by Maren Schmidt

Before the age of six, human beings are in a unique period of learning and development.

At this time in our lives, certain information is absorbed by our personalities without conscious effort.

Young children learn to walk, talk and do hundreds...

Asking For Assistance

Written by Maren Schmidt

Can you help me, please?

These five words seem to be hard for many people to say.

In airport check-in lines, at fast food restaurants, or in grocery stores, we may react negatively when someone neglects to ask, “May I help you, please?”

But at...

Asking Permission

Written by Maren Schmidt

For many of us it is easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.

If you really want to do something, why risk being told ”no”? Why endure the hassle of trying to sell your point? Why listen to pessimists who say that what you want to do...

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...

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....

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...