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Supporting our children in finding purpose & meaning “Who am I?” and “What do I want to be when I grow up?” may be two of the most commonly asked questions of our children from when they begin to communicate with the world. And the answer can be complicated and change often as children grow...
Listening to be understood! Healthy communication is a two-way street – it takes active listening and using the right “language”. In today’s world of diversity and cultural differences connecting to others can become the deciding factor on whether your child has positive relationships with the people around them. Research has identified five main ways that...
Yeah, We Said That Last week, an interview panel and myself finished well over 60 mock job interviews for our graduating seniors.   I called it the “gift they’d appreciate later”.   They probably called it something else.   Hopefully something nice. The set up was easy:  have a CV, Cover Letter and mock job advert at the...
Caring as an everyday experience The word “empathy” is one we are all very familiar with. It is a behaviour and thought style that we are told should be cultivated and nurtured, important for inner peace and happiness, for building positive relationships and to generally be a good, successful and happy person. And best of...
Purposeful Practise – be a better version of yourself Everyday I try to be a better version of myself than I was yesterday, most would say it is not a tough ask given the low starting point, but it remains a challenge to me. The reason it is a challenge is being good at anything...
10 Reasons why engagement in the Performing Arts is critical for future success ‘Whether they are exposed to the arts in school or through community classes 25 years as an educator has taught me that children who perform in school excel in the future’ 1. Improves Academic Achievement Students involved in the arts have tremendous...
“Oh, the Places You’ll Go” One of the best gifts I received when I graduated from my Master’s Program 24 years ago (yikes, has it been that long???) was from my mother:  a nice needlework about seizing the day and a copy of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go”.   In the whimsical, fantastical world...
“This graphic got me thinking….” Sometimes, simple things help explain a wide range of phenomena.   If you’ve ever heard of the “Butterfly Effect” (the butterfly moves its wings….all else follows), then you know what I mean.  Or the Bell Curve – the Bell Curve can be used to categorize almost everything! –  then you know...
What’s the sound of a choo choo train gotta do with Careers? I want you to picture a subway map.  Any city, it doesn’t matter.   Dubai Metro is fine.   Does it look something like this? Perfect…now you can keep reading…. Wait a minute, what’s a subway map gotta do with Careers?   I’ll give you a...
Celebrating the Women in our lives. Today is International Women’s day, a day where we celebrate those amazing ladies who have influenced our lives in ways we cannot even begin to describe. I am very lucky as I am surrounded by strong female role models both at work and at home, my wife and daughters...
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