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Parenting can be a challenge. Maria has proven experience working with countless families and understands how to hold space for you while you work through your obstacles toward your parenting goals. She offers tips and tools to help you discover what needs to change – without guilt, judgment or pressure. She understands each family is unique and has instinctively been able to find ways to help parents work through those moments we all experience to create more harmonious family time. Your family will be calmer!

Classes and In-Person Visits

Fishtown outdoor RIE principles class THURSDAY at 9:45-10:45am for babies 4 months to 36 months. This is a four-week series outdoors with a focus on RIE. Registration is REQUIRED Price for this 4-week series is $75.

Maria will model language and ways to communicate with young children in a respectful way to help us all feel more connected, calm and happier! Babies and young children are highly attuned to the world around them, subtle shifts in language and attitude can make a huge difference in helping them cooperate, feel calm and safe. Maria uses RIE priciples as a starting point, and we have some guidelines we ask that parents follow during class, but please pick what resonates for you and leave what doesn’t! To register fill out form at link in Instagram or email for registration link. Class size is limited and runs 10/27; 11/3; 11/10; & 11/17.


Children who feel heard, respected and connected to their adults are naturally resilient and more cooperative, and it starts with you! Maria can assess any potential problem areas with a home or playground visit, and find solutions to help you manage your day to day interactions with your children peacefully. Because this is something that sometimes just needs an outsider’s perspective, she offers a one hour visit with an email recap. Not ready for in-person or just need to vent? A 30-60 minute Zoom call is another option. Because everybody who needs help deserves it, affordable solutions are the goal!

Get in Touch

Maria is based in Philadelphia and offers in-person visits locally. Zoom or Facetime calls are available for families anywhere. Maria’s background includes training in RIE® philosophy of childcare with Deborah Carlisle Solomon. Her journey to respectful parenting began when her son was a baby – when she read Janet Lansbury’s blog, those ideas resonated deeply and forever changed her perspective. She started a non-profit family playspace in 2016, where she has hosted playgroups and offered classes to families with infants through to children age 7. She began hosting the online parenting workshop Communication For Connection in January 2021, and is the parent of an awesome tween. Email for tips or to register for class!


Playgroup Set Up at Minnow Lane