Understanding A Child's Love Of Order

Written by Maren Schmidt

As parents and teachers we are concerned about doing the right things with our children. When our children go through difficult periods, we can spend nights tossing and turning about what can be the matter.

As our tools can be friend or foe,...

Sensitive Periods: Movement

Written by Maren Schmidt

A kid's got to move.  Observing a few minutes at a playground will attest to that.  You don't see children sitting around if they have the chance to run, jump, climb, or skip.  Children are in a sensitive period of development for movement from...

Sensitive Periods: Language

Written by Maren Schmidt

From birth to six, children are in a critical period of language development, when the spoken word develops naturally.  Ninety percent of our adult conversational language is in place by the age of six. 

If a child does not speak by age six, it...

Sensitive Periods: Order

Written by Maren Schmidt

Three-year-old Abby, was the perfect cheerful morning pre-school student with never a tear or a fret.

Until the end of April.

All week at dismissal she had begun to cry as soon as I opened the car door. Her mother was greeted with big sobs and...

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...