Recently in one of my training seminars, I had a mom share that her son currently had no friends. There is such heartbreak in sharing such a statement! I felt for this mom, and so we took a moment to take a snap-shot of who was in her son’s life. We started by reviewing the … Continue reading A Search for Friends! Who is in your child’s life?
How do we stop doing things for our children that they can do for themselves? I have been receiving some great questions lately about supporting independence– so let’s look into this area further. It is often hard to slow down and allow children to do things for themselves. We live in fast times, and it … Continue reading Do with… not for!
Spring is in the air! As summer approaches, schools, sports and commitments come to an end. This is often a time where families reflect on the past year, thinking about skills their children may have gained and setting goals for the summer ahead. At this time, I encourage you to keep in mind contribution and … Continue reading Planning for Summer Days
This week I presented at a large provincial conference. Three days of connecting with people who also work in supporting people who are vulnerable. It was busy and loud, but in the end I was able to take away information that will help me all year. As a speaker and writer my work is isolated, … Continue reading Always Learning!
As I mentioned in the last blog, community is right where you are! However, many families forget that community includes home too! We often overlook the importance of home, thinking that is doesn’t count as community. The next time you are walking out the front door towards a “community outing”, I challenge you to remember … Continue reading Community is at home too!
In my work, I am often asked how we can help children “find community”? My answer is always the same… community is actually right where you are! It is not something you can leave and then go back to. It is where your children naturally journey! It is at home, at school, on the school … Continue reading Where is the Community?
Language matters! The words and phrases used to describe your children matters. Person First Language is when we talk about people first, and their need or label second. It is important that your sons and daughters are seen as people, rather than by their medical or developmental diagnosis. Too often, the language we use causes the … Continue reading What are the Words?