Author Archives: EDU DESIGNS

About EDU DESIGNS

EDU Designs is a non profit organization whose mission is to produce and distribute multimedia materials for the education, motivation and character development of children.

‘SMILE’ first – and AMAZON gives!

Do you already shop online at Amazon? When you ‘smile’ first, they will donate to our Non Profit if you do – and it won’t cost you a penny more! Just go to smile.amazon.com, and choose Edu Designs as the Non Profit you wish to support. Amazon … Continue reading

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WORDS ARE POWERFUL

WORDS ARE POWERFUL Words and images are powerful things. A picture once seen, can’t be ‘unseen’. A word cannot be ‘unheard’. It becomes part of your ‘thoughtlife’.  There were times people said bad words around my kids, and just like the story … Continue reading

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CINDERELLA GAVE ME HOPE

When I was a kid, the story of Cinderella gave me hope. I identified with her. My two older sisters were sometimes mean. They bossed me around and made me work harder than they did. I felt trodden upon. But when I’d … Continue reading

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WHY TELL STORIES?

Stories are a powerful way to get a message across. All the great teachers, Lao Tse, Plato, Jesus, Mohammed and countless others through the centuries used stories and parables to impart wisdom to people. Everyone loves a good story!  In one of Aesop’s Fables, the Wind and … Continue reading

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING US TOP-RATED!

Are you smiling? I am. Thanks to you, WE DID IT!   All the votes from supporters, earned EDU DESIGNS the Top Rated Award from Great NonProfits for 2017! Here’s another way to help: Do you shop online at Amazon? Every time you do, … Continue reading

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TOO MUCH MEDIA? GO OUT AND PLAY!

  I was 6 years old when my family got our first TV. Mom would only let us watch The Mickey Mouse Club. I remember the excitement at 5 o’clock when the show would begin – and then the feeling of letdown when it was … Continue reading

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Are You A ‘DOORMAT’ Mom?

Being thoughtful, caring and sensitive to others is a good thing. Right? Sure. But if you are an empathetic person who hasn’t learned to care for yourself, too, you can easily fall into the trap of being used, but not respected. A Doormat.  … Continue reading

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What is UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD?

Carl Rogers coined the phrase, “UNCONDITIONAL POSITIVE REGARD” which has become synonymous with what children need in order to grow to their full potential as healthy human beings.  It includes: An environment that genuinely and openly: SEES the good in them, LISTENS to … Continue reading

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AWKWARD ANNIE* ADDS TO EDU DESIGNS!

Though her CD was titled, ‘Awkward Annie’, this talented artist, singer, copywriter, and volunteer for non profit causes, proves you always get more by giving. Annie Elliott was recognized as a powerhouse by the organization She Runs It, who flew her … Continue reading

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MAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHY NON-DAIRY CREAMER

I loved the taste of most non dairy creamers, like Coffee mate, but the corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) they contain promote inflammation, the precursor to most diseases, like arthritis and cancer. Honey (or real maple syrup) … Continue reading

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CONNECTEDNESS

Being connected made the difference. When I was a child my mom and I would walk a long way to the grocery store. It was hard to keep up unless she would hold my hand. When she did hold my hand, somehow her … Continue reading

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Your Family Constitution

What will YOUR kids stand for? “If you don’t STAND for SOMEthing, you’ll fall for anything!” When my kids were little, I was losing ground. My utopian dream of bringing loving, creative people into the world was turning into a nightmare.  Just being a … Continue reading

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CAN A KID CHANGE THE WORLD? You BETCHA!

  At seven years old, I wanted to help people. I imagined that “helping people” meant becoming a doctor. Then one day, I heard some kids swearing and yelling at each other on the street.  I asked my mom, “Why do they … Continue reading

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Kids Need Your HELP!

Kids are WORTH it. They need to know they have a future and a hope! We are scraping bottom to do all we can, but our non profit needs YOU! Will you help us meet the expense of reprinting our … Continue reading

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Help your Child ORGANIZE! (Help YOU, too!)

HELP YOUR CHILD ORGANIZE with my NEW Activity cards* Download Free with any donation! Use them to make a CHART to show WHAT TO DO NEXT! 1- Tape a strip of stiff paper (or cardboard) across poster board to make a pocket … Continue reading

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SHARE YOUR STRUGGLES!

Before I ever had kids, I thought I knew all about child rearing. After they started coming along, however, all pride went out the window and humility took it’s place. It’s been almost half a century since my first darling … Continue reading

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SEE What You’re LOOKING At!

Thousands of children, their parents and teachers benefit from what we do. In addition to creating media for character development, we bring the ARTS to children, through my groundbreaking Art Book!   Now you can download my 120 page Art book, … Continue reading

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Roscoe the Squirrel

Way back in B.C. (Before Children) I raised a baby squirrel. Here’s a photo of me and Roscoe, when he was around four months old.  Because he had fallen out of a tree as a newborn, he was afraid to climb trees at first. … Continue reading

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GET While You GIVE!

GET MY Art Textbook for kids FREE! Does media influence children? You know it does.  Profoundly.  From the time I was a child I have wanted to inspire kids to become BETTER people. Since 2007 EDU DESIGNS has been “Building Brains And Hearts … Continue reading

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CHARACTER is PREPARATION for the STORMS of LIFE!

They hit you sooner or later… No way around it. Troubles hit you. Some financial. Some personal. Like Rudyard Kipling said, how do you hold on when all about you are losing their heads and blaming it on you? Even … Continue reading

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