Maren Schmidt

Recent Posts

Save the Date: Michigan Montessori Society

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...

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...

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....

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...

Spontaneous Self-Discipline

Written by Maren Schmidt

An indicator of healthy and normal development in children (and adults, too!) is the presence of self-discipline that seems to appear almost out of nowhere.  In reality, there are factors that contribute significantly to the development of...

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 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...

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...

Aloha Leadership Retreat

Written by Maren Schmidt

 Aloha Leadership Retreat  

May 3-5, 2019

The Aloha Leadership Retreat is a dream come true, and you’re invited.

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...