Learning Resources

For parents, teachers, librarians, health professionals and caregivers.

Alex flourished with Mrs. Becky. Within weeks she had learned all about CrabbieMasters and was using phrases I've never heard come out of a three year olds mouth before. "Mom, I'm showing initiative by helping you put toys away without you asking me!" Soon my husband and I were implementing CrabbieMasters at home. It was easy to understand and the kids picked up on it so quickly. We learned how to use language that our kids understood without conflict.
Kate Bauerly, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
This program inspires each child to be his or her own best person, beginning at a very young age. It gives kids short-term feedback to shape a foundation for existing in a world of endless knowledge and endless possibilities. It is imaginable to create a program that inspires children to work hard, work together, and keep growing—I’ve witnessed Becky conceptualize it, plan it, and bring it to life.
Samantha Thomas, Ensign, United States Navy
The concept of “having the Crabbies” versus “being crabby” defines problems as something outside the person. This reduces the sense of judgment attached to a child while encouraging effective choices. As a therapist invested in the emotional health of families, I am excited about the extensive potential for CrabbieMasters. When published, this series will be my go to resource for parents and educators alike.
Joe Molinari, MS, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Therapist

kidswagonWe have been busy writing fun children’s books and we look forward to sharing them with the world. Our CrabbieMasters series and BIWACM books are geared for children 3-8, but any age might enjoy them… even adults!

Here you will find information that will help you implement the CrabbieMasters program. We don’t want to overload you, so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

The goal of the CrabbieMasters approach is to turn both adults and children into CrabbieMasters so that your days will be filled with more fun, happiness, success, and parental peace of mind. Learning to 'Beat The Crabbies!" is a process of active learning for both adults and kids. One of the greatest benefits we have observed in using the CrabbieMasters approach is improved relationships. The child's sense of their relationships with others is based on past interactions, present interactions and expected future interactions. Our goal is to generate as many positive interactions as possible.

The Crabbies are imaginary, irksome characters that represent some of the most common trouble-spots for moods in children. Now, instead of getting frustrated with a young child, because he or she “is crabby,” we can imagine that The Crabbies have gotten into our day. When the Crabbies get out of line, it is our task to put them back in line! We also have a cast of CrabbieMaster Kids and CrabbieMaster Grownups who are already heroes for mastering the Crabbies. They will teach you and your child all of the tips and tricks for becoming CrabbieMasters yourselves.

Becky Undlin, M.Ed., Licensed Teacher and Parent Educator, is the co-creator of the CrabbieMasters series. She created the program in the Eighties and began using it with her preschool classes with much success. She owns and operates her own preschool where the focus is on early education with heightened emphasis on social and emotional learning. She holds a Master’s degree in Family Education from the University of Minnesota and is licensed by the State of Minnesota in Elementary Education and Parent Education. She is also a member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

Andrea Undlin, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist was a preschool student during the early years when Becky was launching the CrabbieMasters idea in her own school. As a proud member of the first generation of CrabbieMasters, Andrea holds the unique insights of an individual who has never known the world without the concepts of The Crabbies. Andrea holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota and her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s University. She currently works in private practice and as a therapist and supervisor at a local non-profit that specializes in child and family development. Andrea is passionate about working with children and families. She has a firm belief that the well-being of children starts with good parent-child relationships.

Jenna Bemis, Ph.D., holds a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has worked as a private practice psychologist in Minneapolis. She also studied in the Department of Family Social Science and the Institute for Child Development. In her practice, she routinely translated CrabbieMasters principles for managing emotions, attitudes, and behaviors into terms that are more geared toward the needs of adults. She has trained through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts to qualify to teach Jon-Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. She devotes a portion of her professional time for involvement in the CrabbieMasters Program due to truly believing it is an effective, well-developed approach for children and families.