Improving Relationships; Creating Better Spaces; In Celebration of the International Day of Happiness

In a ground-breaking research study of its time, Dr. Martin Seligman (founder of the field of positive psychology) identified five key pillars of happiness in his model of well-being; positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment – with relationships scoring as the most significant factor for determining personal happiness. Prior to this incredible research, he… Continue reading Improving Relationships; Creating Better Spaces; In Celebration of the International Day of Happiness

Coaching & Teaching; A Relationship-Based & Solution-Focused Approach to Engaging your Groups/Class/Teams

Engaging groups, classes, or teams in learning requires a thoughtful approach to prioritizing relationships while understanding and respecting participants’ needs and wants. Here are some effective solution-focused strategies to engage participants and to make the learning experience more impactful: 1. Start with Where Your Participants Are: Before diving into the content of your program, take… Continue reading Coaching & Teaching; A Relationship-Based & Solution-Focused Approach to Engaging your Groups/Class/Teams

Social Pressures on Children and Youth; Encouraging Critical Thinking in Decision-Making

Social Pressures on Children and Youth; Encouraging Critical Thinking in Decision-Making Recently, parents were worried about their 12-year-old child who was easily persuaded by others to make poor choices. This resulted in their child crashing a party that didn’t have parental supervision. As well, the child agreed to go with their friend to a mall… Continue reading Social Pressures on Children and Youth; Encouraging Critical Thinking in Decision-Making

Developing Relationspaces

What happens when you prioritize solution-focused communication in the relationship with your child/family/friend/colleague? You develop a relationspace based on knowledge, caring and understanding for each other. Your relationspace is respectful and inclusive, and promotes the development of a healthy self-concept. You move from conversations centered on practicality, expectation, planning etc., to ones that involve an… Continue reading Developing Relationspaces

Gaia; A Transgender Woman and a Beacon of Light & Hope

As I reflect on the current state of the world and the many social and political crises that have overtaken our lives, I feel a wave of shame for humanity as I see that we are living in a time where we tolerate hateful behavior. Even with education and an abundance of information, we still… Continue reading Gaia; A Transgender Woman and a Beacon of Light & Hope

Unveiling the Vital Link between Communication, Mental Health and Relationships; An interview with Carolyn Albanese

In November, Tara Gretton and I had the pleasure of interviewing Carolyn Albanese on our podcast – A Call Across the Pond; Transforming Relationships at School, at Home and Beyond.  Carolyn is an experienced educator, guidance counsellor and school administrator. She is a passionate mental health and wellbeing advocate, supporting individuals who have experienced mental… Continue reading Unveiling the Vital Link between Communication, Mental Health and Relationships; An interview with Carolyn Albanese

Prioritizing Teacher Wellbeing; Interview with Meg Durham

At this time of year, some children in the world are preparing for the end of the school year. Others are preparing for mid-year winter holidays. Their teachers are anticipating a welcome break after months of planning, preparation and implementation of lessons, rigorous assessment and reporting, and management of specific student needs. In my years… Continue reading Prioritizing Teacher Wellbeing; Interview with Meg Durham

The Joy of Celebration, Hope and Fresh Starts in Solution-Focus – My Student Nina

Last night, Haesun Moon and I had our joint Book Party, to celebrate both of our books; Coaching A to Z, and Relationspaces; A Solution-Focused Handbook for Parents. The event was at once extremely energizing, while it shed the light of peace and support from faithful family, friends and colleagues. The backdrop of this beautiful… Continue reading The Joy of Celebration, Hope and Fresh Starts in Solution-Focus – My Student Nina

The Potential Struggles of Anticipating a New School Year; A Mindful Parental Self-Check-In

Summers represent a break in the usual routine for families, a time to do things differently – more flexibly. As you set aside regular schedules and routines, you may have had a special holiday or spent more time with family. Your children may have had an opportunity to decompress and sleep in, access more outdoor… Continue reading The Potential Struggles of Anticipating a New School Year; A Mindful Parental Self-Check-In

Failures Exist Within a Landscape of Opportunity

Celebrating Failure through a Solution-Focused Lens   After reading an article by Melanie I Stefan in 2010, Johannes Haushofer – Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs (Princeton University) was inspired to share an alternative resume (2016) where he listed all of his career failures (e.g., degrees he did not get into, jobs he did… Continue reading Failures Exist Within a Landscape of Opportunity