Let’s Talk!

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

CLASS / PLAYGROUP every THURSDAY at 9:45-10:45am at Minnow Lane (2029 Frankford Ave, Philly) for babies and toddlers up to about 18 months. This weekly playgroup is fun for the little ones, plus you get a chance to ask parenting questions. Registration is REQUIRED Price for this class is sliding scale, pay $12-$22. Masks are required for all adults. Minnow Lane does not open until after playgroup, and an air purifier will be in use throughout class. Please indicate if you’d prefer a 9am start time – we are open to starting earlier.

The goal of this playgroup is to demonstrate tried and true ways to interact with young children that make parenting a little easier and more relaxing. Ask questions and get some tips. 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! Register and witness all that your baby is capable of! 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, though no knowledge of RIE is necessary for her classes; pick what resonates for you!


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