Stories, Tips and Resources for Developing Your People-literacy Skills

Tips for Shifting Problem Behavior in Your Kids

Tips for Shifting Problem Behavior in Your Kids

Source: The Virtues Project Educator’s Guide by Linda Kavelin. Being a trained facilitator for the Virtues Project developed by Linda Kavelin Popov, I’m very passionate about supporting parents to raise happy, kind and responsible kiddos.  Parents are ultimately...

How to Unleash your Child’s Potential

How to Unleash your Child’s Potential

Some time ago I was delivering my DISCovering Me Program for Youth to a school, when I noticed there was one student not handing in his “HomePlay” assignments. Instead of asking him about it in front of the class, I spoke to him in private and asked what the reason...

How to Communicate with Teens So They’ll Talk To You

How to Communicate with Teens So They’ll Talk To You

How to Communicate with Teens So They'll Talk To You A parent of a tween reached out to me the other week and said, “Help! My daughter is not talking to me anymore and I don’t know what to do about it!” I’ve known this mother now for some time and know that she really...

Is Your Child Shy? Then Do This…

Is Your Child Shy? Then Do This…

My Blog this month is about “Being shy”, or as some say introverted. I was prompted to write about this topic when I was out grabbing a coffee the other day, when I was visiting my elderly mum. While waiting for my coffee I observed a mum with her two Kiddos. The...

“Who Am I and What are My Strengths?”

“Who Am I and What are My Strengths?”

I’m starting off this Blog with a few questions to get you thinking. What were you raised to believe as a child? Did you perceive that your environment was friendly…or not friendly?  Favorable? Or Unfavorable? Did you think tasks should be handled by taking control of...

How Come Kids Fight With Their Parents? Here’s Why…

How Come Kids Fight With Their Parents? Here’s Why…

There have been some parents asking me, “How come my kids fight with me so much?” So, I thought that my blog post for this month would give you some insights on why this happens, and tips on how to create more harmony in the family.   Clashes between tweens, teens and...

How NOT to Argue with Your Spouse at Christmas

How NOT to Argue with Your Spouse at Christmas

I was thinking about what to write for December and I kept getting taps on the shoulder in the form of conversations I was having with people. A friend of mine said, “Gosh Sandra if only this time of year wasn’t so hectic. Hubby does nothing to help!” Or another...

Supporting Children to Find Solutions to Problems

Supporting Children to Find Solutions to Problems

Do you sometimes wish your teen was better at solving problems instead of blaming others, ignoring them wishing they would go away, or feeling defeated?  Do they demand that you solve their problem for them? Or worse do they complain and then storm off or shut you...

Here’s How to Stop Worrying as a Parent!

Here’s How to Stop Worrying as a Parent!

Listening to the news and watching TV gives us plenty of reasons to worry about our kids. How times have changed. We all want to protect our kids and make sure they’re safe and healthy. Where this can become problematic is when parents attempt to remove obstacles in...

The Parenting Habits Your Teenager Won’t Like!

The Parenting Habits Your Teenager Won’t Like!

As a teenager growing up, my parents were what I thought controlling. I remember as young kids we weren’t allowed to speak at the dinner table until all our food was eaten. The one vegetable I disliked was the brussel sprout, so you can imagine the silence that went...

How do You Develop Responsibility in Your Teenager?

How do You Develop Responsibility in Your Teenager?

Most parents dream of a responsible, independent teen—one that lends a hand with household chores without being asked, always calls to check-in and also hangs out with a good crowd of friends. But, in reality, all teens are going to drop the ball on responsibility...

How to Survive a Toxic Parent

How to Survive a Toxic Parent

A few years ago, I was facilitating a workshop and a participant asked me this question, “My mom is just an unintentionally toxic person. How do I handle my agitation around her coming to visit us over the next few days?” Toxic interactions can slip into family life...

How to Help Your Child Develop Empathy

How to Help Your Child Develop Empathy

Have you ever heard of the saying, “Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes.” My mum used to say this to me when I was criticizing someone.  You see, I think this quote is really all about empathy. So, what is empathy? Empathy is the ability to be aware...

How to Navigate the Social Media PEOPLE Mind Field

How to Navigate the Social Media PEOPLE Mind Field

Tips for Learning to Read People like a Book Online. There are over a billion people on Facebook and more joining each day!  With the increase of interest in social media, millions of people communicate through LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. This means that these...