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Parenting is the Toughest Job in the World!

It’s also a job that comes with tremendous power. Parents have the greatest influence on their children. No pressure, right?

If you’re a parent, face it, you need help now and again. There’s no universal parenting manual.

Usually, as new parents we just kind of wing it, with a little help from family and maybe some help from reading books or blogs. But then we mostly figure it out on our own. Trial and error.

You’re here if you need or want to…

  • get tips on how to navigate the bumpy times, and the down-right challenges that come with the stress and headaches joys of parenting
  • conquer the world of worrying that comes with parenting
  • discover your inner parent power, which will help you get your kids to listen to you and do what you want them to do
  • help your child find their voice and discover how awesome they are
  • find some ideas to help your child have more success at school
  • learn how you can be happier, which will mean you’ll be an even more effective parent
  • get advice from an experienced parent and teacher who will tell it like it is, without sugar coating what needs to be said

Now that you’ve seen what I’m all about…

You can decide if this site is for you. Not sure yet? Check out some of the posts, and reflect on their value for you.

If the views and advice don’t work for you, I wish you good luck and hope you can find the right person for guidance. It’s super important to stay true to who you are when you listen to the advice of others.

If what I’ve got to say helps you, please let others know. It’s so important to help parents do their job; it is one of the toughest jobs out there. Hands down.

About

Two of the most challenging jobs on earth: Parent. Teacher.

One of the great things about having both jobs is that I’ve been able to interact with, and observe, children and families through a parent lens and a teacher lens.

Alison, the Parent

I’ve been a parent for almost 18 years…wow! That’s like 4 university degrees with a Masters in Parenting. In Daughterhood.

I say “degrees” because over those years, I’ve learned so much as a parent. How to speak to children, and how NOT to speak to children. I’m not perfect, but I catch myself quickly, if I falter.

I’ve discovered how discipline can be effective and how it can be ineffective. I’m a lifelong learner, so it sure worked out for me that parenting gave me the opportunity to learn thousands of lessons.

As a parent, I’ve also made mistakes. Big ones!

But you know what? That’s what parenting is. We make mistakes. And hopefully, we learn from them.

As a parent, I’ve gained many lessons, and I’d love to pass on what I’ve learned.

Mrs. Carrey, the Teacher

As a parent, I have extensive experience with the joys and challenges of raising a daughter. I also have two nieces and a second cousin (girl) that live in the same city. So, I do know girls better than I know boys.

Although I didn’t raise a son, I teach boys. In fact, one of my early teaching gigs was with a class of ALL boys! 20 boys aged seven and eight. Can you say, “crash course in boyhood”? I loved it.

Over the years, I’ve taught over 600 students, so a little over half of them have been boys. My teaching experience has given me some insight into what it’s like to be a boy and what it’s like to care for boys.

As a teacher, I’ve also learned A LOT. I learn from students, colleagues and parents. I’ve learned how badly children want to please their parents. I’ve learned how a child’s self-esteem and confidence need to be nurtured in a proactive manner. I’ve learned that family life is very busy, and that school is a small part of it, once kids get home at the end of the day.

One of the most important skills I’ve gained as a teacher, which has streamed off into all areas of my life, is being reflective. I reflect on my teaching all the time.

Reflecting on our behaviour (what we say and do) helps us better understand ourselves and others. It helps us see what we did well and what we needed to do better. It helps us become better human beings.

What else should you know about me?

  • I’m the child of two divorces, and I know what it’s like to live in a dysfunctional family.
  • I’m happily divorced and happily remarried.
  • I’ve raised an independent daughter who knows and uses her own voice.
  • I have 15 years of teaching experience.
  • I’m a lifelong learner. I’m not perfect and believe none of us should aim for perfection. I do my best, whenever possible and know that you do too.
  • I have long dreamed about helping parents and children discover how awesome they are and how they can become even more awesome.
  • I want to help parents discover practical ideas about raising their children that can lead to a happier home for all family members. I also want to help kids become proud of who they are and feel confident enough to speak up and take charge of their own life.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I welcome your thoughts and questions and look forward to getting to know you.

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Updated May 8, 2019

 

 

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