November 2011 | To Touch or Not to Touch? There is No Question

[highlight-yellow]Touch me. Touch my heart. So that I may grow to touch others. ~ Steve de Groot[/highlight-yellow] I would like to thank Marie Christian and VOICES, Manitoba's Youth in Care Network Leadership Team for giving me an opportunity to be involved in the Free Hug Day Campai [...]

November 1st, 2011|

October 2011 | Discipline Shouldn’t Hurt: Important Considerations for Learning

[highlight-yellow]They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel –Carl W. Buechner[/highlight-yellow] When things are generally going well in work and/or life, we rarely hear about the word Discipline. It often surfaces at times that are not so positi [...]

October 1st, 2011|

September 2011 | Hope: And Some Practical Things for Holding onto Your Children

I would like to thank Mary and Michelle, who are among the hundreds of parents that have shared their stories with me. I am honored and grateful that they have allowed me to share pieces of their stories with you. They are stories of parent-teen relationship recovery and resilience; s [...]

September 1st, 2011|

August 2011 | Teens & Therapy: Important Considerations

We at Getting to Better promote respectful, caring responsive and supportive relationships through family and community as foundational to the development and overall well being of children and youth. During the adolescent phase, the road to adulthood can be fraught with many challeng [...]

August 1st, 2011|

July 2011 | 3 Simple Ways: You Can Make the World Better

Mother Theresa of Calcutta once said, "There is more hunger for love and appreciation in the world than there is for bread". This was and still is quite profound as we often hear of the numbers of people in the world that are starving for food. Going without appreciation or love is a [...]

July 1st, 2011|

May 2011 | What Matters Most: An Interview with Dr. Jean Clinton on the Best Chance for Our Kids

Every parent experiences moments or periods of time where they wonder; do I matter? Can I, am I or did I make a positive difference in the life or lives of my children. You may not know just how important you really are! PARENTS MATTER MOST! Parents have the greatest potential to posi [...]

May 1st, 2011|

April 2011 | Remembering David: Reflections on a Journey to Better

David How do you embellish something or someone that cannot be exaggerated? How do you describe a rainbow to someone who cannot see nor has a reference point for colour? That's how I feel when I try to tell others about David John De Groot – never mind trying to state what he meant to [...]

April 1st, 2011|

March 2011 | Becoming Approachable: A Path to Open and Effortless Communication

[highlight-yellow] "I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself" ~Aldous Huxley [/highlight-yellow] In my travels, I talk with numerous people who are frustrated, concerned, saddened or dissatisfied with some or many of the [...]

March 1st, 2011|

February 2011 | Reconsidering Respect: A Thought for Enhancing Relationships

I cannot count how often I hear, read or talk about the word "Respect" in life. So often I experience an incongruence or disconnect between what I consider to be respect/respectful and what I am actually witnessing or experiencing in my interactions as I work or talk with people, cons [...]

February 1st, 2011|

January 2011 | People Makers: Developing Resiliency in Our Children & Youth

If you are a parent or caregiver of children/youth, then I’m guessing like most of the thousands of people I have met, you want the absolute best for those you are caring for. Most of us want our young ones to grow up to be happy, healthy, responsible, respectful, independent, product [...]

January 1st, 2011|