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The Sign of A Good Hearted Woman

sign of a good hearted woman

The first time I went into Nina Clare’s kitchen a drawing near her back door surprised me because I recognized it.  It was a drawing of a stylized cat on a piece of slate. The drawing of the cat looks like one that a child of seven or eight might draw.  The cat has only […]


The Missing Element

The missing Element

In his book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson, Ph.D. tells us that we each need to find that place where the things we love to do intersect with the things we know how to do well. Robinson calls this place of intersecting talent and passion “the Element.” Each person needs […]


The High Cost of Low Trust

high cost of low trust

”My parents don’t trust me anymore,” said thirteen-year-old Steve. ”Oh,” I said, but thought to myself, RED ALERT. This wasn’t going to be a regular sit-at-the-table-and-eat-pizza party conversation. My memory neurons buzzed, trying to find the listening/questioning tool I had recently learned called evidence and impact questioning. The gist of this two-step listening technique is […]


Trillium Montessori Homeschool Summit

trillium montessori homeschool summit

Trillium Montessori HOMESCHOOL SUMMIT 2017 is a one-of-a-kind Montessori conference! This 4-day event, January 9 -12, 2017, is packed with workshops, community, and resources… and it is 100% online! This summit has been designed to make the ‘conference experience’ accessible to all. No matter where you live in the world or what your budget is, as long […]


Do You Teach Values?

Do you teach values

”Do you teach values?” a telephone caller asked. Back in the early 90’s parents were upset that values were being taught in school. Controversy brewed and bubbled. Do you teach values? The question caught me off guard. How can you not teach values, I thought, because of the very nature of values? Whether we are […]


Kids Talk Online Workshops Is Moving

moving to our new home

Over the past several months I’ve been working on developing a new site for Kids Talk Online Workshops. We’re ready to start moving into our new “home” at KidsTalkWorkshops.com. If you are enrolled in a Kids Talk Online Workshop with me, I invite you to make the move so you’ll have continued access to your […]


Happy Birthday, Kids Talk

Twelve years ago today, the first Kids Talk column ran in the Benton County Daily Record. It’s been an amazing journey, from newspaper columns, to blog posts, to online workshops and more. It’s been an extraordinary way to meet remarkable people. Thank you for being a Kids Talk reader! All the best, Maren


Join Me In Toronto

On Friday, November 6, 2015 I’ll be giving the keynote, Walk The Talk, at the Canadian Association of Montessori Teachers Annual Conference. In the afternoon I’ll give my Building Brains The Montessori Way workshop. Click here to find out more. Hope to see you there!


Teaching Courage

teaching courage

Courage, as one of the core virtues recognized in the field of positive psychology, incorporates four character strengths—bravery, persistence, integrity and vitality. Courage is the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or difficulties with self-possession, confidence and resolution. How do we help our children develop these strengths […]


Nurturing The Entrepreneurial Spirit

nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Parenting adage Financial security is one of the long-term goals parents wish for their children. Being financially secure has connotations of knowing how to make money, how to save money, and how to use money to help others. Financially secure suggests that we have a realistic expectation about the amount […]