Celebrated Children's Author | Speaker | Thought Leader
As one of the foremost experts on parenting and raising children, Dawn has passionately pursued a life of helping parents raise children the right way. With her multiple children's books, motivational and educational speaking events, and her genuine heart for kids, Dawn can help you and your children as well.
Helping Parents Raise Happy, Confident, and Successful Children
Build a Foundation early that will last a lifetime.
The most important lesson a child can learn is that it’s not external events that have the most profound effect on our self-esteem, but it is how we view our own life and life’s events. Ultimately, it’s the inner belief we have in ourselves that guides our journey.
Some of life’s biggest challenges are pushing through when we just want to give up. The things that happen to us, what others say to us and about us, or how we feel about ourselves directly impact us. We have to have the ability to pick ourselves up and start again. Giving our children these tools at a young age through education helps children become survivors through the storms of life. The National Education Association has released many statistics on these subjects and the effects on children. They have also stated that only through education can we help change things and better the world we live.
Dawn’s books help children understand how to treat others.
Bullying is a much bigger problem in our American school system than most realize. The effects can be life altering, causing many students to miss going to school or avoid social behavior. This interferes with social development, potentially causing the child to lack necessary social skills later in life.
Many children’s books speak of a mom and dad, yet many children can’t relate to the traditional reference of marriage in our changing world. Dawn’s books help children understand that love within the family is what’s most important, not necessarily the structure of it.
Learning about the differences of others and celebrating these differences helps children learn to appreciate others around them. While we may be different in some ways, we have much more in common with others. We should always treat others with kindness and respect
Another change is our culture is the presence of community fear. The television is often on in our homes, and children are exposed to violence and scary situations. My books address speaking to the adults around us about our fears.
Self-esteem expert Jack Canfield, of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame, notes that says 80 percent of children entering the first grade scored high on the self-esteem inventory. By the fifth grade only 20 percent of the children were scoring high. And by the time they graduated from high school that number was down to just 5 percent.
Early education can help children develop the skills they can draw on as they grow and develop into teens and adults.
Connecting With a Child
Using fun picture books…
Teaching a child good behavior and how to treat other doesn’t come from a text book. Children learn how to treat others through the modeling of the adults in their lives and by being treated well within their social network. The more exposure they have to positive social behavior, the more they will model this behavior. However, when a child sees negative behavior, it is important that discussion takes place as to what was wrong about that person’s behavior, so may they learn from others mistakes.
These picture books give parents and educators opportunities to prompt discussion on the topics of bullying, self-esteem, and the different pieces of a family. Dawn uses animals as a non-threatening way to address real life, hard issues we are facing every day. She directly addresses these challenges head on, in a fun way. The colorful pictures and illustrations grab the child’s attention and keeps it. They don’t even realize they are learning, as they listen or read about how the animals solve everyday problems.