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.

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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HOW I GOT MY OWN WAY by NOT getting my own way!

Some people are only GOOD for being a BAD EXAMPLE! My PBJ (Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich) never made it to lunch in good shape… Every day in Elementary school I ate the same thing for lunch: an apple and a peanut butter and … Continue reading

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POTTY TRAINING THAT WORKS!

A PRIZE for POTTY TRAINING!! Potty Training can be a JOY, and NOT a CHORE – IF YOU MAKE IT A GAME! This worked for my 7 kids: Make a ladder like the one here, (from adding machine paper, etc., … 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 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 to … 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, called  SEE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING AT!   A $9.99 value, … Continue reading

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Roscoe the Squirrel

Way back in B.C. (Before Children) I raised a baby squirrel! My good friend Arthur discovered him after he had fallen out of a tree, naked with his eyes still closed. At first he had hoped the mother would come back for … 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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Your Child NEEDS ‘Somebody NEEDS You’

I’M SO HAPPY! My animated short is now a CHILDREN’S BOOK! SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU has a powerful message that shows kids the character traits of caring and empathy for others! Kids need to learn to be helpful.  Don’t wait. As the twig is bent, … Continue reading

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WHEN IS ‘GOOD ENOUGH’, GOOD ENOUGH?

IS ‘GOOD ENOUGH’, GOOD ENOUGH? MY mom always told me, “A job worth doing, is worth doing WELL!”   So I tried to be perfect! But when my kids were little, I could never get everything done ‘well’ at the same time.  … Continue reading

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GET MY ART BOOK!

EDU DESIGNS needs you to bring the arts to children! You can help by sharing my book with them! Get a free download of my Art Book by filling out the form below. I thank you so much for helping.  I appreciate you! Warmly,     Ruth … Continue reading

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Helping your child CLEAN THEIR ROOM!

Thanks to Mindi for suggesting I add a picture of “clean your room”, to GoMommyGO’s free illustrated behavior charts. The simple command, “Clean Your Room” might be enough for some kids, but not for mine)! Many get overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of the … Continue reading

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“SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU” needs YOU!

Inspiring children is what we do. Our volunteers have provided art workshops, free books, videos and assemblies to kids in schools since 2007. We are supported solely by the goodwill donations of people who care. Though we are all volunteers, the rewards are “out … Continue reading

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