Have you ever got angry? What about cried over losing a good friend? And I’m sure you’ve been scared once or twice in your life too? Well, guess what, your kids have the exact same emotions and feelings as you do and will go on to keep having them. However they’re less likely to be … Continue reading A simple way to help your kids understand their emotions
Ever wondered what a book on resilience looks like, when it's written by someone who has no background in education, no psychology degree, or by someone who doesn't even have kids? Well Magnificent Mistakes and Fantastic Failures; Finding the good when things go bad is a refreshingly different book on resilience that I hope will inspire … Continue reading Cover reveal for new kid’s book on resilience
It's not often I'm lost for words. I mean I use them for a living. I do talks and workshops, I write books, articles and try and do facebook posts without any typos - I can't afford to be lost for words! However for the first time in my life I found myself looking like … Continue reading What happens when you meet your idol.
Life can be messy and complicated. It can often feel like a struggle. There’s so much information out there, so many distractions, so many seemingly important things to do, to think of and be aware of. But when it comes to kids and the important thingsthey need to know, it can be deceptively simple. They need … Continue reading HELPING KIDS MAKE FRIENDS WITH THEMSELVES
I originally took this photo of a broken-down elevator to use as a metaphor for how we feel about life and ourselves, however seeing it was a little blurry, I went to reshoot it. When I went back, there was a security dude standing next to it. ‘Can I take a photo of the sign?’ … Continue reading This Photo is a Lie
I know a lot of people read veraciously as a kid, but not me. I was more inclined to ride my bike and go on little adventures around my suburb, venturing all the way to the railway line so I could watch the trains rattle past. So when I did pick up a book, it … Continue reading My top 5 favourite books I loved as a kid
We all seem fixated on amazing and mind-blowing achievements. Facebook is full of them. The 69 year old Grandmother who shreds AC/DC on some talent show or the little boy who puts his disability behind him to single handedly scale the Empire State Building in a wheelchair holding a coconut in his mouth. (Ok I … Continue reading The glorification of amazing.
In June, I packed the car and headed north with Andy to take the #beingyouisenough presentation to primary schools in Geraldton. Each school was different, each class was different, but one thing was common between, I was made to feel very welcomed and appreciated by them all. Then in the middle of the … Continue reading Geraldton Visit and Telling Tales in Balingup
Even though I include the topic of self confidence in the flyer for my school talks, I don’t mention it anywhere in the actual presentation. I’ve come to realise self confidence is an illusion. We’re led to believe that self confidence is some ‘thing’ that we’re all meant to have and if we don’t then … Continue reading The illusion of self confidence.
It was on a warm May night in Sydney when Andy and I attended the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAS) with my Publisher, Big Sky Publishing to find out if It's Ok to Feel The Way You Do would win Small Publisher's Children's Book of the Year. And it did. Here's the incredible moment in … Continue reading ABIA Small Publisher’s Children’s book of the year.