“Manners Matter” says Mrs. Good Choice

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school teacher, principal, and teacher evaluator, who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help parents and educators to do the same!


As adults, it is so important to think before we speak. Have you ever felt as though you just put your foot in your mouth? I know I have, more times than I have fingers to count. In this fast-paced world we live in, it is easy to just open your mouth without thinking first. We are all guilty of this, at one time or another.

I love the following acronym reminder to help THINK before you SPEAK …

T ~Is it true?

H ~Is it helpful?

I ~ Is it inspiring?

N ~Is it necessary?

K ~Is it kind?

Not only is it a wonderful reminder for adults, it is a very good tool to teach children. As a teacher and elementary principal, I shared this little reminder with many children over the years. I would have copies for the older children to copy down in their own writing and keep in their pocket or in a safe place.

Parents, I advise you to teach your children the meaning of the words true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind. Practice as a family listening for positive words being spoken.

I can’t stress it enough, the importance of being a role model for your children and the youth of today. Remember, little eyes and ears are watching and listening to every word that comes out of our mouths.

I encourage you to give it a try! It might be one of the best things you ever tried.  Please know that I am here to help YOU! Contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.


Blessings until next time,

Dawn Young, Ed.S                                                                                                                                                              Children’s Author

SAY What YOU Mean and MEAN What YOU Say to Children says Mrs. Good Choice

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices.  She now wants to help YOU!page4ready

Teaching children in today’s world is a tough job. It doesn’t matter if you are a parent, guardian, home school parent, or educator, the task is the most important job you will ever do.  My belief is before you can begin teaching children anything you need to have your own value system in place.

Children are smart!  Their actions often model what they witness first hand. So it is our job to model expectations that we want our children or students to exhibit. Honesty and integrity are two of the most important character traits a child can learn.  If they can learn the importance of being honest at an early age, it will help them to become responsible adults who are able to form their own value system.

As a parent or educator, it is important to have a discipline plan in place.  Children need routines and consistency in order to learn their boundaries.  If you tell a child you are going to do something; make sure you follow through. SAY what YOU Mean and MEAN what YOU Say!  Children learn quickly who to believe and who not to believe.

Examine your own actions on a daily basis.  Are you treating others the way you want your children to do?  Do you always tell the truth, no matter what the circumstances in tell?  Have you heard the old saying Apples don’t fall far from the trees?  Don’t forget that little eyes and ears are watching and listening.  It is our job to model our expectations at all times.

If you have questions I can help answer, please email me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com. Mrs. Good Choice is the new Dear Abby for children. You and your children may want to email me together.  Expect an answer from Mrs. Good Choice in a timely manner.

Blessings until next time,

Children’s Author                                                                                                                                                   Dawn Young Ed.S


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Now that summer vacation is beginning to come to a close, it is time to get back into the mind set of learning and “Making Good Choices”. Are you looking for help in teaching your young children to do the right thing?  Then you came to the right place.

Todays’s World is so full of choices for our younger generation.   My goal is to give adults and children advice and tools to help you learn the importance of doing the right thing.

Who am I to give advice….you may ask?  Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Dawn Young.I am a retired educator of twenty-eight years.  Through out  my career, I have served as a teacher, elementary principal, and teacher improvement coordinator.   My greatest passion is teaching children the importance of “Making Good Choices” and the consequences that can happen when this doesn’t happen.

I received my Education Specialist Degree in 2004.  My study at that time was Character Education.  It continues to be my focus and passion now that I have become a children’s author.

Please feel free to ask questions……….NO Question is a DUMB Question!  It is how we all learn.

Until Next TIME646