Prevent childhood depression and suicide

The recent suicide of 12 year old Ronin Shimizu has sparked social media flurry about the seriousness of how out of control bullying has become for too many.  If you are a parent, teacher, or care about children in your life, it is incumbent upon you to build up a anti-bullying curriculum through books and movies.

I wrote Rojo, The Baby Red Panda at the Zoo specifically to prevent the depression and anxiety that I have suffered for 10+ years as an adult for my daughter and other children.   It’s a book that will challenge you the parent as your child asks you to read it over and over again.  The cute, cuddly, red pandas make hearing the message a pleasure and lighten the seriousness of the topics I address.  You won’t get bored like you do with other texts.

Please slow down and discuss the various topics that I cover through your car rides and conversations over meals.  Respecting ourselves and others is crucial when encountering our many differences.

There’s a plethora of new authors with interesting books regarding bullying.  Get out there and start building your library.  And then read, re-read, and discuss.  Your children are crying out for it.

Homeschooling author


I’m often asked what curriculum do I use for homeschooling my 7 year old daughter.  I design my own through biographies, our life events (gardening, household & business management, and pet care) and by assessing my daughter’s interest and needs.  That usually provokes the next question,  how do I know if I’m on track for what she needs in the 21st Century?  The answer is Time for Learning.

Time for Learning gives me a break to work on my writing as my daughter happily completes their tutorials online.  It give my daughter independent learning from me, computer use skills, and confidence that she’s on track for what 2nd Graders need to know.  Those are 4 benefits well worth their monthly fee.

As a member of Time4Learning, I have been given the opportunity to review their program and share my experiences. While I was compensated, this review was not written or edited by Time4Learning and my opinion is entirely my own. For more information, check out their standards-based curriculum or learn how to write your owncurriculum review.

Bilingual Story and Song Time

I have a 30 minute educational program for 4-6 year old children.  I teach/sing all of my songs and read “Rojo, the Baby Red Panda at the Zoo” with stuffed animals to them.

For 7-10 year old children I have a program focused on teaching students about red pandas and self-worth referring to “Rojo, the Baby Red Panda at the Zoo”.  No songs are sung during this program.  This program is ~30 minutes in length.

If interested in booking one or both of these programs for your school or church please contact Hope at

Just Sing

My motivation songs were inspired when I would feel frustrated with my daughter when she fussed or didn’t want to cooperate when she was 3 years old.  I opted to sing to her rather than to scream at her.  That was a better emotional choice for both of us.  Now I’ll just sing the first 3 words of one of these songs and I get that look from her that I better stop.  I do, but am assured that the rest of the song is playing in her head.