Category Archives: Ethics and Character

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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“SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU” needs YOU!

Inspiring children since 2007 with art workshops, free books, videos and assemblies, none of us at EDU DESIGNS has gotten paid a dime, but the rewards are “out of this world”! And our little videos teach BIG lessons that kids ‘get’. So when the … 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 … 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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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 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. With my seven kids to take care of, I’d always put their emotional needs first. The house could wait. But she never quite understood … 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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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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Hope makes the DIFFERENCE between LIFE and DEATH!

I heard a story once about an experiment with two mice to see how long they could swim in a bucket of water…  When the first mouse was put in the bucket he drowned after just a few minutes. When they put the second mouse in the … Continue reading

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Me and Mr. T!

Mt. T. and Me in 2003!   When my son was 11 years old he wrote a letter to Mr. T after seeing ‘The A Team’ on TV.   Mr. T wrote him back a long personal letter, telling him to … Continue reading

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How WONDERFUL!

How wonderful! Just rediscovered! Can’t believe it took me this long to share it! Back in 2010 Shirley Smith’s TV Show, “Talk About Parenting, LIVE”  welcomed  me to talk about EDU Designs and GoMommyGO. Though it aired a while back it … Continue reading

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Emotional Connectedness leads to Greater Intellectual Capacity in Children!

At my art presentations I see startling evidence of Dr. Gabor Mate’s findings revealed in his book, SCATTERED (How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What you can Do About It). He explains how children engaged in an activity that includes emotional … Continue reading

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Some people are only GOOD for being a BAD EXAMPLE – or: “How I GOT my own way by NOT getting my own way!”

Every day in Elementary school I ate the same thing for lunch: an apple and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which of course would get squashed by the apple before I could get to it. At lunch I sat … Continue reading

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LOVE is a Messy Business. Is it WORTH it?

This Love stuff is pretty insecure… How many times have we wanted love and not gotten it? A million? A trillion times? Can it be true that “THERE JUST ISN’T ENOUGH LOVE IN THE WORLD” ?  I think it’s more … Continue reading

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EDU Designs and GoMommyGO are reaching around the World!

View the interactive map live,  here! While mailing off some materials to the island of Malta recently I suddenly realized how far we’ve come.  Since 2007 people all over the world have been getting benefited by the materials EDU Designs and GoMommyGO® provide. So I … Continue reading

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Finland’s Education Phenomenon

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcC2l8zioIw&feature=player_embedded#![/youtube] “The Finland Phenomemon” (Trailer) Excerpt from “The Finland Phenomemon: Inside the world’s most surprising school system”,  By E.D. Kain,  Forbes, May 2, 2011  The Finland Phenomenon, from documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, follows Dr. Tony Wagner through Finland’s extraordinary school system. It’s a … Continue reading

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