Choose one word to focus your year

What being open has meant in 2017 Every year I choose a word to define my year.  I’ve been doing this for a while so I’ve journeyed along side joy, adventure, possibilities and love.  This year my word has been open.  I wanted to create a mindset of being open to everything around me.  Here…

Family having Christmas dinner at fire place

How to Create a More Meaningful Holiday Season

Seven Ways to Make Your Holidays More Meaningful What are your best Christmas memories as a child? What are the holiday times that you’d love to go back to and live over and over? Bet it wasn’t the biggest, most amazing or expensive gift that you got, or a day spent at one of the theme parks decked…

smiling little girl with red heart

children and generosity

children and generosity The upcoming holiday season is a great time to teach children about generosity and gratitude. Developing the trait of generosity is something that can be started early in small ways and then developed into bigger projects as the child grows. Taking into consideration the personality of the family members involved (as in all…


How to handle a child’s perfectionism

Tips to Help a Perfectionist Child As a school counselor for twenty years, I often heard from teachers and parents who were coping with a perfectionist student.  Intelligent and capable of high quality work, this is often a child who dissolves into tears or a tantrum when they don’t perform a task perfectly or if…

should you hire a coach or DIY?

Have you thought about hiring a coach, but wonder if you really need one? Couldn’t you could just do it yourself? Or maybe you could read one of those self-help books and just do what it says? After all… how hard could it be? Here are some thoughts to help you make the decision… Four signs you…

Is it the right time?

At my recent Create Your Life Vision Board workshop  I asked the participants what inspired them to come. Here are some of the answers: “This opportunity appeared just when lots of other things were coming together for me.  I just felt like it was the right time.” “I’ve got a lot of ideas and I’m going in a…


How effective is your school’s ISS?

School ISS Plans Last week I was at a school doing some staff training on developing positive behavior systems based on understanding personality style.  I had a conversation with the principal about the role of ISS (in school suspension) and how effective it is as a deterrent to misbehavior. Most school personnel would agree that…

You are one of my thankfuls…

Sometimes kids are the best at summing up life’s lessons. My friend Ellen’s grand-daughter, Carleigh, did that at Thanksgiving a few years ago.  When asked what she was thankful for, she responded without hesitation, “YOU!” meaning of course my friend and her Gigi, Ellen. Wouldn’t you be excited to to hear who is thankful for…

Ten ways to make the most of a conference

Make the Most of a Conference Do you love attending conferences that get you fired up and energized? Do you leave a conference and a few days later wonder where the momentum went? Do you wish you could bottle the information and energy of a great conference? Stephen Covey in his Seven Habits of Highly Successful…

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