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Stressed out?

You deserve a break today… Wonder why so many children today are anxious, unmotivated and stressed out? Could it be that the opportunity for play is rapidly becoming extinct? Every day in every way we are all about being productive and busy. Schools are increasingly  focused on academics and data collection (even in preschool). No…

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What is the greatest gift you can give a teacher?

It’s that time for teacher gifts As school comes to a close, teachers are being lavished with gifts, flowers and no doubt dozens of Starbucks gift cards.  As I dropped off gifts for teachers at the schools in my area ( several Wyatt the Wonder Dog books to use in their classrooms),  I had to…

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Are you all teachered out?

5 Essential Needs to Teacher Renewal Already counting down to the last day of the school year? Living for summer break and the relief it offers? Spring break already a distant memory? Have only one goal left…survival? Sounds like you are all teachered out… You started the school year with lots of enthusiasm and dreams…

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How to develop motivation in kids

How to develop motivation in kids In today’s educational environment, we are more aware than ever that student motivation and engagement is essential for lasting learning. I can’t tell you how many times as a school counselor, I had discussions with teachers, parents and kids about being motivated. However, I’m afraid we rarely discussed how…

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How to develop leaders of compassion

Developing future leaders of compassion In the current times, this question seems more relevant and critical than ever.  This isn’t something that needs to be addressed just in high school and middle school.  Instead, it is a mindset that must be nurtured from the early years of a child’s development.  Both schools and home environments…

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kids practicing generosity

Debunking Myths about Generosity Are you concerned about the materialism that dominates our society? Do you often feel that you are fighting a a losing battle in a culture that promotes the “gimmes”? Developing an attitude of generosity is something that can be started early in small ways and then developed into bigger projects as the…

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teach kids not to give up

Teach Kids not to Give Up Do you have a student who gives up easily? Is her philosophy that if she can’t succeed right away, then there’s no point in trying? Does he always anticipate failure when faced with an obstacle? We all face challenges and difficulty from time to time. What makes the difference…

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Kids and Self-esteem

Kids and Self-esteem Back in the day when I was a kid, (which I admit was long, long ago), no one worried about kids developing self-esteem.  I’m not even sure the concept of self-esteem existed.  What did parents worry about?  Well, other normal stuff; kids behaving, kids being successful in school, kids getting along with…

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Getting Kids to take Initiative

Kids and Initiative I often hear teachers lament that the students today have little intrinsic motivation and initiative. Certainly as a school counselor, I  often presented lessons on being responsible. When asked what it means to be responsible, children usually have a good idea.  When asked what responsibilities they have, I would get a variety of…

What People Say About The Wyatt Books

kind words from educators, parents, and kids!

"Going to kindergarten is a milestone for everyone and the beginning of the year is usually filled with excitement and angst.  Wyatt the Wonder Dog addresses the typical concerns that most children have in a sweet and relatable way.  Kindergarten really is fun!"

— Laura Uszenski
Kindergarten Teacher

"Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Teamwork is another great example of helping kids improve their social skills.  It teaches kids the power of working together and how much better we are when we work as a community"

—Melissa Toren Hrin, Professional School Counselor
Beverly Cleary School, Portland, OR

"[Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Mindset] This book is funny!  It's dogs doing things that only people do!  I learned to try new things."

— Samuel Traub
Age 6

Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Giving is a delightful book that teaches kids (and reminds adults, as well) that generosity is possible no matter how old, young, rich or poor we are.  This is a powerful message and an engaging story that every child will love. 

~Jen McDonough, author of Living Beyond Rich

Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Friendship teaches not only friendship and making connections, but also how to become successful at problem solving. Great for school counselors, teachers and families.  Bravo! 

Sharissa Shatten~ School Counselor

Feeling left out? Need help getting along with friends? Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Cooperation weaves important life skills into engaging story telling. Join Wyatt as he learns how to be the superhero in his group of friends by using cooperation and compromise.

~MaryFrances Gonzalez MACCCSLP

Have you ever had a friend that did some things that you disagreed with? Wyatt does and he doesn't know what to do about it. Join Wyatt as he learns that being honest with his friend is the best and only way to solve the problem. A great story!

~Lynn Hughes M.Ed. school counselor

If you've ever lost your lunch money or misplaced your favorite toy, you can relate to Wyatt the Wonder Dog.  This adorable story offers simple, helpful ideas that kids and parents can use to make life less stressful and more fun!

~Erin K. Casey, author