Author: Sara Westbrook

‘You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.’ Dr. Seuss ‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ When...

'What emotion are you feeling?' When you think about truly sharing your emotions, would you prefer to leave the conversation or conveniently find something else to talk about? Maybe it’s because you don’t know how you are feeling or maybe you want to shout ‘none of your...

Have you ever found yourself thinking, ‘I’m not good enough' or questioning 'do I matter?' We all have moments of self-doubts. The problem is those self-doubts keep you from reaching your greatest potential. Years ago I realized I had a choice – to believe my self-doubts or...

As we find ourselves and our children/students adapting to a new version of what school looks like, whether it's 'online learning' or 'in building learning', we may all be experiencing challenging circumstances which can trigger some tough emotions like: anger, sadness, frustration, anxious or disappointment. Is...

There has been so much for us to think about in the past few weeks and months. So much is changing and will continue to change. Through all the changes, we want the best for our children and students. We want them to act in a way that will promote respect, kindness...

Be selfish to be selfless. Sounds pretty … selfish! What if, in order to help others, you first have to take care of yourself? You would never take dead batteries and put them into a flashlight and expect it to shine. Yet, sometimes you will drain yourself,...

Children are experiencing a lot of changes during this unprecedented time. They are missing their friends and their extended family. Their routines have been turned upside down. They may be frustrated with staying home and overwhelmed with the conversations around COVID-19.   As a parent, you...

My grandpa died a few months ago of natural causes. He was 102… ONE HUNDRED AND TWO. Isn’t that amazing? I think he had a secret to his longevity. My grandpa always told me something I thought was very special which I often remind myself of: “If...

It’s amazing how many photos I have of our dog Finn and yet I find myself taking more. He looks at me as if to say … ‘again … don’t you have anything else to do?’ Sometimes I will walk Finn chatting away. I'm sure the neighbours wonder? He pays attention to...

A Sticky Scenario I have helpful suggestions to implement in your day-to-day, but let’s start with some inner reflection before we get there. Read the following two scenarios and let me know what you think. Scenario # 1: Your child/student asks, “Are you okay?” and...

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