Parenting – Privilege – Power

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Parents who are raising socially responsible and emotionally intelligent children are keenly aware of their privilege. They use this particular privilege called “parent” to do their best to live a good life and help their children to do the same. Every day they advocate for those who have less privilege – their children. As they […] Read more...

Why Conflict Needs to Happen (VIDEO)

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Conflict matters. What do you think?   Virginia Satir, the mother of Family Therapy, once said that we connect on the basis of being similar and grow from our differences. Here’s a 14 min video I recorded this week with John Cotton for Family Matters – Courageous Conversations leading up to Family Day in Ontario, […] Read more...

Courageous Conversations and Family Matters with John Cotton (VIDEO)

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Learn simple ways to begin a conversation in your family – to connect, build trust, and work together.   John Cotton of GenuineCoaching.ca and his team of visionaries are creating an online awareness campaign called Family Matters leading up to the Canadian February Family Day Holiday 2015. In 2016, we hope to have interactive live […] Read more...

Parenting on Purpose – Your Family Values Toolkit

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What if your family was the healing ground to prevent illness and promote health, well-being in mind, body, spirit, and community?   No doubt every parent wants the best for their children – better than what they had when they were growing up. My parents reminded me that we were lucky to get a roof […] Read more...

Fave books of 2014

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At the beginning of 2014, I was so enamored with Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir, “Eat Pray Love” about her travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia after a difficult divorce. You’ve probably heard of it. Maybe you watched the movie. It was a huge hit. I am not really interested in the movie. The book moved me to tears […] Read more...

Empathy. Schmimpathy. Why Bother? (VIDEO)

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What is empathy and why is it a parent’s super power?   with Nathan M McTague, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Life Coach of   Solutions for Natural Parenting and Feeleez -Tools for Emotional Education.     and Wendy McDonnell, Parenting Coach and the spirit behind CompassionateSolutions.ca     Why is empathy a parent’s super power? […] Read more...

Are you a victim or a leader?

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“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.” – unknown   If you are being victimized in your home please […] Read more...

Show 152 – Sharing our stories, healing ourselves

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By listening to these courageous women and their stories, I hope you can see that you are not alone. You can heal too! Their stories are deeply personal and I think many women will be able to relate to stories about growing up with an alcoholic parent, depression, abuse, or living with an abusive spouse. […] Read more...

Elder Abuse in two parts: the needs and wants of older adults (shows 146 & 147)

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At some point, you’re going to be caring for an elderly parent or grandparent. At the very least, hopefully you’ll be cared for when you get older. Sometimes, even the most caring individuals find themselves getting angry at the person they love.   What do older adults need and want?   What happens when an […] Read more...