Category Archives: Child Development

JUNE FORAY’S LAST FILM TEACHES EMPATHY

  A story that teaches empathy, Somebody NEEDS You is about a girl who is not quite ‘tuned in’ to her surroundings, walking past opportunities to lend a hand, until she gets the insight that turns her around. One mom wrote: “…I love the beautiful, … 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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HOW KIDS LEARN EMPATHY

Why is it that some people seem to have more empathy than others? And some seem to have none at all. How did we get this way? Is it nature? Is it nurture? Neuroscientist Dr. Marco Iacoboni, author of “Mirroring … Continue reading

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FOUR BUILDING BLOCKS of CHARACTER!

Give Kids what they REALLY need: THE FOUR BUILDING BLOCKS OF CHARACTER. It starts when they’re small. The Four Building Blocks of Character can be boiled down to these: 1-ASK 2-THANK 3-APOLOGIZE 4-FORGIVE BUILDING BLOCK # 1– We learn to ASK … 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 have never gotten paid a salary, the rewards … Continue reading

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A MAGIC FORMULA TO CHILD REARING?

Is there a magic formula to child rearing? If there is, it surely would have to start with: RELATIONSHIP Get in on the bottom floor and stay with them all the way. To simply lay down rules will not work. … Continue reading

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CAN YOU SPOIL A BABY?

CAN YOU SPOIL A BABY? Before you get worried wondering, the quick answer is: “NO”. You CAN’T spoil a baby. There are many reasons. Babies need consistent Loving Attention. Not only for physical survival but for the emotional security and intellectual … Continue reading

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MOONLIGHTING AS A MOM

One of my kids said one day, “Mom, how come you never yell at the baby?” Before I could answer, my oldest girl piped in,  “That’s easy. When babies are little you need to be nice to them, so when … Continue reading

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BUILDING BRAIN CELLS THROUGH MUSIC!

All kids LOVE music! We’ve been adding Music to enrich our Art Presentations.  There’s nothing like Music to brighten your day and activate brain cells.   At a recent Fair at Cobb School Jas and Ruth Hilsdon performed for 3 hours. The joy … Continue reading

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KIDS NEED ART IN GHANA TOO!

THANKS to ERIC ANSAH, the director, and others from the Reward Foundation Ghana, this Non Profit Org is helping kids expand their opportunities through Art, Music, and other cultural and educational activities in Ghana. EDU DESIGNS founder, Ruth Elliott’s, donated the … Continue reading

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“Harriet Beecher Stowe Inspired Me As a Kid!”

When interviewing the founder of EDU DESIGNS recently, I learned a lot. Here’s a transcript of what Ruth Elliott said about her early childhood: “Both my parents families were from NY. After moving to Texas, my mom would tell us stories … Continue reading

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GET YOUR ILLUSTRATED BEHAVIOR CHARTS

Kids usually WANT to do what’s Right – if you give them the chance to, and explain the advantages to them! Customize your own Behavior Chart with pictures – it’s easy: Go to GoMommyGO! This is a FREE public service from EDU DESIGNS, the non … Continue reading

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HELP! It’s Halloween!

SUGAR, SUGAR, EVERYWHERE, and not a drop (of WATER) to drink… What’s a Mother and Father to do when they have no plan for their children Halloween night?  LOOK OUT! When the excitement of costumes and candy wears off and the sugar rush is … Continue reading

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Harriet Beecher Stowe Wrote A Book without A Washing Machine!

I felt a creative ache inside of me for years. I wanted to write a children’s book. I had an idea, I had the talent. But with seven kids, and laundry my constant companion, I felt constantly discouraged. “When will I ever get a chance … Continue reading

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What Will They Say When You’re Gone?

 I suffered panic attacks when my mother-in-law came to visit. She was a perfect housekeeper and I wasn’t. Of course she had only had ONE child, and I had seven.  I’d always put my kid’s emotional needs first. The house could wait. But … Continue reading

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EDU DESIGNS wants to be a Great Non-Profit!

EDU DESIGNS and GoMommyGO® help children all over the world to be better people in so many ways. EDU DESIGNS  brings Art back into schools. No one can deny the power of Art to shape our hearts and minds. That’s why we donate … Continue reading

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HUGS, PLEASE!

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HUMAN TOUCH KEY TO MENTAL HEALTH  At 8 years old, I was moping around the house. “Mom – I’m homesick. But I’m at HOME. How can that be?” I can’t recall her words, but whatever she said didn’t satisfy me. … Continue reading

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3 Tips to be a “GOOD ENOUGH” PARENT

                        You didn’t want a life of loneliness? Figured that having children would end that? Congratulations! Now LAUNDRY is your constant companion! My Mom used to tell me, “Everything comes … Continue reading

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MILK MEN TO THE RESCUE…

When I hear the words, ‘MILK TRUCK’, three uncanny stories come to mind.  Absolutely true.  Two are from my own life.  Take the next ‘step beyond’ to see what happened. Milk Man in Houston, Texas Saves a 7 year old … Continue reading

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Hankering after STUFF is never ENOUGH… Finding True Treasure…

  As you think about what you want for the future, for the world, and for your kids, I’m sure Peace and True Happiness are on your list. Though it has its place, money certainly hasn’t brought true happiness to … Continue reading

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