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Deborah R. Smith, M.A.

Children’s motivation coach, speaker and author

Walking children through life’s journey as they strive to become happy, confident and calm.

A little over fourteen years ago, I founded a company called Nana Bananas’ Happy Kids (NBHK). NBHK supports the health and development of children’s mindsets through lessons on positivity and self-confidence. Over the years, we have created special programs for parents and educators throughout public and private schools in Ohio, Michigan and California. The results have been remarkable – As one teacher shared with us, “NBHK dramatically improved the confidence, self-esteem and mindset of every child in the classroom.”

As a former education administrator and teacher, I have observed how many children often struggle with issues that affect their daily lives, such as stress, anxiety, anger and low self-esteem. These feelings regularly cause grief and frustration and, whether we realize it or not, children especially are in need of tools, practices and frameworks to strengthen their day-to-day well-being.

I developed NBHK because I realized that, in many cases, programs focused on developing children’s well-being were non-existent or not readily available. I also knew I could use my 15 years of experience in counseling and education to design the best resources and programs that children need. That is how NBHK was born, and it means the world to me that we’ve been able to help so many children through our transformative curriculum.

My Personal Story

I am an advocate for all children and consider them gifts to the world. I have dedicated my life to listening to, learning from and helping children become happy little souls.

According to the stars, I am a Taurus. I am all about family. My husband, Sidney, is fulfilling his life’s purpose of practicing medicine in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where we presently live. We have three girls whom we adore. Two are Harvard law graduates, and one is a graduate of Florida State University and an entrepreneur. We have six very special grandchildren, and we love them to the moon and back.




Years of Experience




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