Author: Sara Westbrook

Sometimes children’s behaviour is a mystery. They know what they are doing isn’t ok and they do it anyway. As parents/educators, we often judge the behaviour as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Those judgments dictate our response - when they are ‘good’ the child receives praise when they...

As a strong believer in the power of journaling, I often talk about the benefits to young people as a tool for building emotional and mental well-being, resilience, and confidence. But there is another little talked about benefit of journaling - creating meaningful conversations. Conversations are a...

Every choice you have made has created who you are today. Think about yourself as the captain of a ship in the sea. Sometimes the sea is calm and the choices are easy. At other times, a great storm is raging and the choices are harder. When...

Everywhere we look we see reasons why being respectful, compassionate and responsible is so important. Whether it’s in our home, our children’s school, the office, on social media or in our everyday activities, the impact of our behaviour not only affects the lives and wellbeing...

I love this photo because you can see exactly what I’m doing… nothing… except enjoying my surroundings! I spent the weekend with my family and friends at a cottage and made the choice to relax, have fun and go offline. In today’s world, we often find...

The new school year is full of excitement and challenges. Young people worry about fitting in, liking their teachers, new classes and getting good grades. Not only do we as parents have the same worries, we also worry about managing lunches, homework, extracurricular activities, after school...

Believe it’s possible for you to be confident! If you choose not to believe in the possibility of who you can be then there is no space for change or growth. When you like yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin it’s much easier to take...

What stops you from sharing who you really are? Is it your fear of what other people will think? Do you worry that people won’t like you, or that they’ll judge you for not being good enough? Showing others our true self can feel scary. I know that...

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