Hello! It’s so nice to have you here.
Moms and dads do the most intense, most emotional, most world-changing work there is. They do it for zero pay and hardly any appreciation. And mostly without training. Parents are truly heroes!
My intense attraction to children and relationship dynamics started at a young age. When I was 15 I ran across the now-famous book How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk at a home where I was babysitting. I had no idea at the time that parent education was a thing, and I was thrilled to read a book that I thought was so badly needed. I read it three times before I turned 17.
If we lived in a world where human beings knew they were *actually* more important than the GDP it would be a place where parents had the opportunity to share with and learn from other parents. It would be a place where our tough job was truly validated. It would be a place where we had the space to recharge and re-group so that it wouldn’t feel like we were living crisis to crisis with our teens.
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ~Nelson Mandela
I started leading parent support groups almost 20 years ago and I have been leading parent education groups for the last 12 years. I have more than 20 years of experience with children, youth, and families in both the non-profit and public sectors. I currently lead monthly parent groups in my local area and I often give presentations & lead workshops on parenting and on conflict resolution.
I have a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership & Training and conflict resolution certificates in Third-Party Mediation and Negotiation. I have a certificate in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation. I am a listed member of both Family Mediation Canada (fully insured) and the International Association of Facilitators.
I do freelance mediation, conflict coaching, parent education, group facilitation, and leadership training. I have been teaching peer counselling in association with the International Re-Evaluation Counseling Communities since 1997.
The photographs on my website are of me and my teenage son.