Bonnie J. Edwards, M.A.Ed.,
Published Author, Lecturer
Educational Consultant

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My Story…

Mama Said …It’s the small victories that count!

While teaching in public education for more than a decade, I observed many issues facing students, parents, and educators. The problems were not insurmountable. However, the common denominator was poor communication skills. Pure, home grown communication was absent. For each negative experience encountered only propelled me to explore positive experiences during my tenure. If only I could talk to my mother. I knew my mother had the answers. Clearly, the students, adults, and the professionals needed an intervention. I wondered, would they be open to developing new communication skills if given the opportunity?

Welcome to the Mama Said…website!  We are pleased to announce the Second Edition of Mama Said…It’s The Small Victories That Count!  Many of us have favorite stories and lessons our mothers shared with us over time.  It is with great pleasure we use this forum to celebrate and honor our mothers for those life sustaining lessons, or poetically stated…”Pearls of Wisdom.”

We would love to hear about your “life lessons” from your mother to share with others.  Your mother’s lesson just might be a story that may help someone solve a problem and make an important life decision.

Our goal is to have a copy of Mama Said…It’s The Small Victories That Count! in the hands of grandparents, parents, guardians, students, educators, siblings and friends.  You will find this book as a great tool to help you communicate more effectively in your family and work settings.  Trust and believe that Mama’s lessons are everlasting.

Join us and let’s start the dialog about the wisdom, honor, love and compassion of our mothers!  You can help make this website your own interactive communication lab.  You will not be disappointed.

A Review –

This is a wonderful story. It speaks to the basic needs of every child. All children need someone to be there for them like mama is for Bonita when she needs her. Bonita is very fortunate in that she also has a great family; parents, brothers, and sisters that provide support in her hour of need. Beyond that there is her teacher who encourages Bonita, gives her some direct instruction, and then directs her towards yet another source of help.

Parents and educators should also make use of the communication section included in the back of the book. Communication is the best tool we can use to learn ways in which someone is in need. Often a child such as Bonita is struggling and no one listens or ignores the pleas for help. In Bonita’s case her mama saw and heard, then followed through with constructive and loving advice. Communication is a two way street which means that an environment of safety and trust needs to be provided for a back and forth exchange to take place.

The communication section provides the tools needed to better understand that basic needs must be met before a child is receptive to learning. Many children need to have a caring mama or educator to help them but they also need to be able to communicate what their needs are and it is here that the communication section provides the means to help with that aspect.

Use this book to help children understand that it is okay to ask for help. Also, use information within the book to assist in ways to build a communication bridge within a family or classroom.



Dr. J. Giblin

Professor, Scholar - Continuing Education - McPherson College; Milwaukee Campus