Dear Edwina,
My closet doesn't seem to be big enough for all the new clothes I got for the holidays. It barely fit my old stuff. How do I organize my clothes and shoes neatly? Please help me!
Sincerely,
Gabrielle


Dear Gabrielle -

Well, first of all, all I can say is -- LUCKY YOU!  It sounds like you had a fabulous holiday.  Why don't you put on one of those new snappy outfits and come see me in my show again at the DR2???  That sounds like a marvelous idea.  Short of that, however, here are some handy tips for organization.  First of all, go through your closet and toss out all the stuff you haven't worn in a really long time, doesn't fit, or has gone out of style.  (Of course, double check with your grownup of choice before you throw anything away.)  Then, think of your very favorite outfits.  Those are the ones that should be easiest to reach, and right up front!   Third, talk to your grownup of choice about what charities are nearby.   Great new outfits make you feel good,  I know, but take it from me, there is NOTHING that makes you feel better than knowing you've helped someone in need.   And, as I said before, definitely come back and see me.  I want to see your new shoes!
Love,
Edwina

Dear Edwina,
I hate cleaning my room! My mom doesn't help me clean. What should I do?
Sincerely,
Zoe L.


Dear Zoe -

It is true, sometimes cleaning your room is no fun. But as long as messing up your room IS fun, cleaning up is part of the job. What I suggest is that you CRANK THE TUNES and dance while you do it! You would be amazed at how much fun it is to fold your socks to a funky beat. Give that a try, and let me know how it goes. You could even invite some friends over for a clean up dance party marathon! Why didn't I think of that? Oh, wait a minute. I just did. :) I will have to try that too.

Unbelievable and very neatly organized amounts of love..
Edwina

 

Dear Edwina,
I am always tired when my mom wakes me up for school in the morning. She tells me to go to bed early, but I like to stay up and play. How can I not be tired and still enjoy playing at night?
Sincerely,
Timmy S.


Dear Timmy -

I totally understand how you feel! Sometimes I am writing my songs at night, and then before I know it, it's time for bed, but I don't want to quit what I'm doing. BUT, I know that if I don't get a good night's sleep, I will indeed wake up tired in the morning just like you. So, even though I like to stay up and play, I go to bed anyway. And when I get sad about stopping my fun and going to bed, I think about all the things I can dream about, and then I feel better. Give that a try!

Sweet dreams,
Edwina

 

Dear Edwina,
I am the only girl on my hockey team, sometimes people tease me. I am a bit sensitive, so it annoys me a lot. What should I do to prevent it?
Sincerely,
Emma S.


Dear Emma -

It seems that you too are in need of some snappy retorts. So here are three for you, tailored for your specific situation. When you are teased about being the only girl on the team, try these on for size:

"And to think, I was just thinking how lucky I am to be playing with all of you. I am such a dork."
"I'm sorry, sir, but there are better ways to show that you are in love with me. So why don't we keep my being a girl out of it and concentrate on the game?"
And if all else fails, simply smile and say...
"I'm sorry, but I don't speak lame-o. Can you speak English, please? Good luck to both of you!!

Love,
Edwina

 

Dear Edwina,
I just turned seven and I'm the only person in my class that hasn't lost a tooth yet and everyone teases me. Can you help me not get teased?
Sincerely,
Bela S.


Dear Bela -
One thing that's for certain is, everything happens in it's own time. But rest assured your baby teeth are coming out sooner than you think. But until they do, I suggest you employ what I like to cal a 'snappy retort". When people tease you, I suggest you respond with one of the following:

  1. "Of COURSE my baby teeth haven't come out yet. If you were part of such a lovely smile, would YOU want to leave?"
  2. "Haven't you ever heard the expression "save the best for last?"
  3. "Thank you for noticing. I didn't realize I was the most important thing for you to be thinking about right now. I am honored by your attention."
Edwina

 

Dear Edwina,
When the teacher finally hands out a test that I have studied so hard for, I freeze up! How can I not get nervous for tests? Please help me Edwina!
Sincerecly
Taylor B.


Dear Taylor -

Since I can see from your letter that you have indeed studied hard for the test, you are not actually nervous about the test itself. You, like so many others, are nervous about your PERFORMANCE! And thus I will give you a tip handed down to me by my fifth cousin once removed, Beyonce Spoonapple. Whenever Beyonce is nervous before a big gig, she repeats the following.

THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE NERVOUS FOR A TEST:
  1. I am a superstar.
  2. I know this material.
  3. I am a superstar
  4. I know this material.
  5. I am a superstar.
  6. I know this material
  7. Woo woo woo woo
  8. YEAH!!!!!!
Now go get em, Taylor! Rock on! Xxo
Edwina

 

Dear Edwina,
We are going to Africa. We hear there are a lot of hippos. We're scared they're going to attack! What should we do?
Sincerely,
Jennifer & Izzy


Dear Jennifer and Izzy -

Wow!  A safari sounds so fabulous. First, I would bone up on my hippo history.  It may be you find out hippos are much more interested in eating plants than attacking YOU. But I have to imagine that the hippos are just as scared of you as you are of them. So perhaps, when you see a hippo, instead of a bloodcurdling scream, you might try a friendly “Hi, Hippo!”  And if you are feeling extra polite, you might try Hello Madame and Monsieur Hippopotomus.  Thank you for inviting me into your home.”   Send a post card and safe travels!

Much love,
Edwina

 

Dear Edwina,
I was once in Dear Edwina and what's so special about that is that I live in Kalamazoo, MI! Did you know that Paw Paw is a suburb of Kalamazoo? I do have a problem that I wanted to ask you about. I'm up every night doing homework until 10:00PM! I don't know what to do!
Please help!
Jeremy P.


Dear Jeremy:

Now, this is a problem I can totally relate to.  Sometimes I get frustrated because I have a lot of homework and I want to spend time with my friends.  Then I realize my friends have a lot of homework too.  So one day I thought to myself, Edwina Spoonapple, why not invite your friends over and create a Spoonapple Study group?  You can’t do this all the time or with every subject, but when you are reading up on something like history or an English class book, I have found it pleasant to bounce ideas off the minds of my brilliant classmates.   And when you are done, you can all have milkshakes or the beverage of your choice.    Anyway, that is my advice for the moment.  Enjoy!

Much love,
Edwina

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