Author: Sara Westbrook

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...

'You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.' Oprah Winfrey Think about a time you wanted to ask a question and didn’t.  Have you ever avoided asking because you were scared you would hear that one word … it's not yes ...

My husband coaches our son’s hockey team. His coaching philosophy is one I admire and wholeheartedly believe in. Here's what he shared with the parents early in the season: “We've been praising the full effort of the kids and are less concerned with who scores… not that we don't acknowledge...

Let's not wait to only celebrate on special occasions – let’s celebrate along the journey. Sometimes we think that something big needs to happen - only then can we justify a celebration. Have you ever said ‘when I get there or when that happens, then...

What a wonderful year! I loved presenting at the schools, conferences and businesses that have invited me to share my UPower message. I have had the opportunity to connect with so many amazing people who believe that emotions matter! Speaking of emotions...

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