Most parents share this deep desire: that our children grow up to be happy, healthy, confident people
who can make their own way in the world and find loving relationships.

When they’re young and spunky, it’s easy to imagine them growing up this way.
But then adolescence comes along and — bam! — their confidence and happiness take a dive
and their stress and anxiety go up.

It’s heartbreaking, and it’s frustrating when your love doesn’t ‘make things better’ like it did before.

But I am here to offer you hope, science-based tools, skills, inspiration and coaching strategies designed for parents — all to help you protect and build your child’s self-esteem and confidence at any age.

Over the past ten years as a strengths-based coach, trainer, teacher, family coach and parent, I have…

Worked with hundreds of
‘tweens, teens and children ….
… coached and taught parents,
teachers and entire schools
… and helped my own kids get through their teens with their bodies, their spirits and our love intact.

And I’ll do all I can to help you help your kids.

Here are the most valuable things I’ve learned, and how they can help you and your family.

The best way to empower children is to show them who they are at their very best on the inside. Knowing their character strengths is a wonderful way to do this, and I’ll teach you how to teach them to embrace their strengths for greater self-esteem, a sense of belonging in the world, better relationships and even more success at school.
There are forces beyond our control affecting how teenagers feel about themselves — and most of these come from inside their own brains. I share the fascinating science that can help you understand what your adolescent is going through and how to support them during a truly confusing and difficult time of life.
The one thing you CAN control when it comes to your kids is the strength of your relationship — and when your relationship is good, you’ll have more influence with them. You’ll get tools for the difficult and surprising conversations that come with having ‘tweens and teens in the house.
Parenting teenagers is one of the toughest jobs there is, and it can also be very lonely. Here, you’ll get compassionate support, inspiration,  ideas, news and science related to adolescents and encouragement to be all the things you want your child to be: happy, healthy, confident, successful, kind, well-liked, loved, and full of the unique qualities you were born with.

If you like these ideas and would like to learn more…

Read the blog…

Three Ways Kids Can Rock Relationships

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  My husband used to be hard-wired to be a fixer. There were times I just wanted a listening ear, a hug, an “Ag, shame” – the phrase South Africans say that means, “Oh honey, I’m so sorry to hear that.” Listen here:   So imagine my horror the day my son said to me:...

What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say to Your Teens About Tragedy

I am not a professional expert on this but do have experience talking to and trying to soothe my own kids after violent events. Fortunately my son was too young to remember the Columbine shootings when we were living in Littleton, Colorado, but we lived in New York on...

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