Kids Talk™ by Maren Schmidt

For over twenty-five years, Maren Schmidt has worked with children, and their families, as a parent, Montessori teacher, Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, Montessori school owner and administrator, parenting coach and workshop leader, and now as a writer and speaker whose main focus is child development issues.

Her hope is to be able to communicate practical, put-it-in-to-action advice and insight about children to parents, teachers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other adults working with children. If our children could verbalize what they need from the adults in their lives, the advice in Maren’s Kids Talk™ columns, workshops and books is what our children would want us to know.

The incidents Maren writes about are based on real people and events, but she changes names to protect privacy. “I wouldn’t want to embarrass any of my former students and families” says Maren. “My daughters, on the other hand, well, let’s say they are used to me embarrassing them.”

She believes working with children is the most important adult role we’ll ever have, and wishes that every adult-child relationship would be joyful, satisfying and productive.

About Maren Schmidt

Maren Schmidt, is a certified Montessori teacher with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and holds a Masters in Education from Loyola College in Maryland, as well as a B.A from the University of Arkansas in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications.

Maren founded a Montessori school and has over twenty-five years experience working with young children. She is also creative director for a video based reading series for preschoolers, The Shining Light Reading Series.

Maren is currently working on several writing projects. She co-authored with her daughter, Dana, a Dartmouth grad, Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents, which is now available on this website,, B&, and through Ingram or Baker and Taylor for booksellers. Building Cathedrals Not Walls, a compilation of ninety of Maren’s Kids Talk columns, is now available on this site.

Also in the works is a book on helping parents teach their children everyday practical life skills and important social skills. Maren sees this book as the first in a series of parents as teachers books.

Maren lives in the Portland area with her husband, Mark, a native Oregonian. They have two daughters, Dana, an international account manager for a bio-medical company in San Francisco, and Hannah, a Portland based forensic accountant. Read Kids Talk ™ at

Avoiding Morning Madness
Dealing with Mealtime Messes
Different Strokes for Different Folks