Tackling Tough Times – Communication made easy

coaching, Family, Parenting, Self development & growth
We communicate all the time. Every minute of our waking day we are communicating something to someone somehow.  How do we do that? Most people answer by saying "we talk and use words", they are correct to a point. Communication, however, is so much more than just using words.  At our September "Let's get Talking" event at Sandi's bistro  participants uncovered what supports communication and why communication breaks down. Here now some comments from some of our participants. "My husband and I joined a welcoming and informal group to discuss how we communicate with each other, especially when times are tough.  Andrea took some time in helping us understand how communication takes place and how we give and receive messages to and from each other. " "Andrea illustrated how ... our interpretations" of things…
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SOCIAL MEDIA: GOOD, BAD OR UGLY?

Family, Parenting, Self development & growth, Social Media
Young and old talking about Social Media The consensus seems to be that Social Media might be a wonderful tool however there is this underlying fear of what seemes to be vast unknown dangers. Participants between the ages of 16 and sixty joined us in our last, "Let's Get Talking", discussion. Despite the age range it became obvious that everyone had struggles with healthy integration of social media. Questions like … “What are the benefits of putting our life story online?” “How to manage teenage users?” “Social Media wastes a lot of time and at the same time can be a source of great support" … came from the participants and were discussed in detail. The varied Social Media platforms can be likened to the estination that The trick is to learn…
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Who Are You Disciplining?

Parenting, Self development & growth
 -written by Leigh Johnson The word ‘Discipline’ is an interesting one. We all think we know what it means but when it comes down to defining it, it is actually far more elusive. An internet search too can prove just as inconclusive, with quite a variety of meanings and interpretations filling the screen. So what exactly is discipline? I’m not going to answer that question as such – partly because I suspect a large number of you have got heart palpitations right now, or glazed eyes; and partly because the official definition is not important. The word ‘discipline’ is such a heavily loaded word that its meaning will always be as wide and varied as the number of people discussing it. The meaning of this particular word is actually created individually through each of our own experiences…
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Mother/Son Relationships

Family, Parenting, Self development & growth
What is unique about mother/son relationships is the general expected high regard they hold for each other.  Typical issues like the "Mommy's Boy" , the overprotective  mom or interfering mother and even the mom that replaces existing or potential spouses are well known publicly. We see sitcoms and comedy using these classic scenarios as materials for entertainment. What however is really behind them. Mothering a child is a full time job and instinct takes on a path of protecting the offspring and equipping the young ones with necessary life skills. On a side note - research shows that it does not seem to matter if it is a biological mother or an adoptive mom. Once mother bonds with the child, boys and girls, these instincts grow stronger and ideally takes…
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Care for the Caregivers

Cargivers, Christmas, Emergency services, News, Self development & growth
This time of the year my heart goes out to all people working in caring professions. Doctors, social workers, nurses, NSRI staff, teachers, fieldworkers, police, emergency services, etc. Their plight is hard throughout the year but for some reason during the festive season I become painfully aware that, as everyone is celebrating and taking a load off, many cargivers are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.  (more…)
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A Question of Trust

Self development & growth
By Leigh Johnson – Affiliate Parenting Coach at The Family Counselling Centre At a recent presentation I gave at The Friday Network to practitioners in the Learning and Development field, I was reminded of how fundamental self awareness and growth is in order for us to impact others. No matter what roles we perform in life, there is an essential need to start growth and change with ourselves first. We often look to the systems we are a part of – families, organisations, communities, nations – and bemoan the problems we see there, when the place we really need to start with is: me! The conversation emanating from my presentation on Trust highlighted this powerfully. My presentation was called ‘The Business of Trust’ and focused on the importance of, and…
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