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How to Create a Plan for Better Behavior

A Better Behavior Plan I once was counseling the parents of a child who didn’t want to come to school.  After investigating the situation and making sure there wasn’t a bully at school who was intimidating him or a problem with academics that was discouraging him, we talked about setting up a reinforcement program where…

Decrease the Stress while Sheltering in Place

Decrease the Stress while Sheltering in Place As you read all the posts about family bonding while sheltering in place are you wondering how they do it? Keeping your fingers crossed that everyone will get along? Finding it exhausting instead of relaxing? Here are some tips: Plan together Involve the whole family in planning the…

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Taking the drama out of conflict

Take the Drama out of Conflicts “He’s not following the rules!  He’s a cheater!” “She is being mean to me and my friends. She won’t include us in her club.” “She took my markers and lost them.  Now I don’t have any.” Some days it feels like all we do as educators and parents is…

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10 Ways to Help Kids Cope with COVID-19

Kids and COVID-19 The world as we know it has changed. Schools are closed. Families are isolated at home and businesses are shut down. As parents and teachers we are all affected physically, emotionally and financially. While we would like to spare kids from the reality of the situation, it is not possible to protect…

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Two secrets to help kids get organized

How to Help Kids Get Organized “I lost my homework!  I did it though… really I did.” “Tomorrow is spirit day and I can’t find my school shirt.” “My project is due tomorrow and I haven’t even gotten started.” Sound familiar?  The bane of every parent and teacher’s existence is helping kids develop organizational skills.…

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Kids and anxiety

Kids and Anxiety I was recently talking with a teenager that I volunteer with at Mostly Mutts, a local shelter for dogs.  In the course of our conversation, she told me that she is home schooled because she “has anxiety.”  What does it mean when we think and talk about anxiety this way? When we…

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Five skills kids need to learn in the digital age

5 Skills Kids Need in the Digital Age I often hear experienced teachers complain about how students have changed over the years.  Children who will spend hours locked into a video game can hardly pay attention for ten minutes to a classroom lesson.  It seems that children of the digital age expect to be entertained…

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3 Ways to Develop Resilient Kids

We all know people who have experienced tremendous challenges in their lives. Perhaps you are one of them. Sometimes it is a physical challenge, sometimes it is an environmental challenge and other times it is a mental challenge. After talking with someone about  their personal challenge, I always ask, “What is it that sustains you…

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What to do when kids argue

Kids and Arguments “I had it first… it’s mine!” “I want the green one… you can have the blue one.” “No the green one is bigger… you always get the biggest one.” “You always get your way… it’s my turn to go first.” Sound familiar?  Recently after teaching a parent class at a local elementary…

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