Meet the teacher, Mr. Wilson

I have been excited to write this blog post for about two months! I’d like to introduce you to Mr. Wilson, the teacher in my book, The Kindness Machine. I’ll be honest, creating the students in the book came easy, but I struggled to come up with a meaningful teacher. I knew I wanted theContinue reading “Meet the teacher, Mr. Wilson”

Meet Author Rachel Tomlinson

Happy Monday! Sit back, relax and enjoy all of the absolute beauty in Rachel Tomlinson’s book, Teaching Kids to Be Kind – A Guide to Raising Compassionate and Caring Children. THIS is the book that all new parents and new teachers need. Yes, it is nice to know “what to expect when you’re expecting” andContinue reading “Meet Author Rachel Tomlinson”

Meet Author NelliRose

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing NelliRose Farella, the author of Nella’s Kindness Kicks. NelliRose and I met through Instagram with the help of Kaitlin at KindCotton. NelliRose is on a mission to spread kindness and teach kindness to young children through her book. The question I seem to have for otherContinue reading “Meet Author NelliRose”

The Science Behind Kindness

For the past few months, I have been researching what physically happens to our bodies when we are kind and the response it has on our brain and our bodies. It is quite a fascinating rabbit hole to go down and I will share the highlights here in today’s blog. I am not a doctor,Continue reading “The Science Behind Kindness”

“The Miseducation of Empathy” by Jonelle Massey

STOP what you are doing right now and go buy “The Miseducation of Empathy” or request it from your local library. If your local library does not have a copy, I will encourage you to request that they purchase a copy for the library. Empathy. We keep hearing this word. We see it on billboards,Continue reading ““The Miseducation of Empathy” by Jonelle Massey”

Books Need To Be Windows And Mirrors

Last year, I stepped away from the classroom after 10 years of teaching. It wasn’t part of my plan. I was angry, frustrated and sad. Angry for spending countless hours last summer to prep for an unknown school year, frustrated for not spending more time with my own children, sad to not be teaching andContinue reading “Books Need To Be Windows And Mirrors”

Mister Rogers

You can’t talk about kindness and not mention Mister Rogers. Earlier this year I had the privilege of listening to Carvell Wallace’s podcast titled, “Finding Fred.” I learned about the podcast through author friend, Jennifer Gafford, who wrote a children’s seek-and-find style book called, “Finding Feelings.” It is excellent and you can check it outContinue reading “Mister Rogers”

Random Acts of Kindness

Last week I had a giveaway on my Instagram page. Part of the giveaway rules were to list your favorite act of kindness. The examples given were incredible and I feel that I have to share them here for everyone to read: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS Surprising someone with their favorite snack Leaving someone aContinue reading “Random Acts of Kindness”

Meet The Illustrator

I’d like to introduce you to Chad! Not only is he my husband and father to our two kids, he is the amazingly talented artist and illustrator for my debut picture book, “The Kindness Machine.” Let me paint you a picture…(see what I did there?) Chad went to college and graduated with a fine artsContinue reading “Meet The Illustrator”

Self-talk – what is it and why is it so important?

Have you heard the term self-talk? Self-talk is what you say to yourself, your internal dialogue. That internal dialogue is crucial for our own mental health and self-love. This concept is being taught in many elementary schools as part of school counselor’s curriculum. In my upcoming children’s book, “The Kindness Machine,” I discuss ideas toContinue reading “Self-talk – what is it and why is it so important?”