About the Author
I wish for you...
to become the parent you dream of being
To add to my credibility, as a parent I have two sons who achieved their own goals. One is a doctor who graduated with Distinction. The other an engineer (who received multiple merit-based scholarships/ cadetships while training.)
Our children are living proof that the strategies we used, worked for a busy, full-time working couple. And sometimes life didn't make it easy...
My husband had a life-changing accident when my children were young, that left him deemed legally blind. And just like many of you may be going through now, we had a huge mortgage, massive medical bills and little money (because it initially knocked me out of the workforce to care for him.) The strategies I devised, enabled me to work full-time, him to work full-time (after being redeployed) and freed up time, and money, so we could have a quality life.
Recalling when my children were growing up, other parents sometimes commented that I "must spend lots of time helping my kids at home" because they'd observed my kids were both clever, and motivated. But I know I didn’t spend more time teaching my kids, than other supportive parents did.
But what I did a little differently to some was I provided a fun learning environment from birth. I'd seen first hand, how very important early childhood is to wiring the brain for all future learning.
It's only because I'd like you to know the information on this site is credible, I share this with you.
From when I met my first teacher, Miss Jones, I knew that was what I wanted to become. I received a scholarship and years later received multiple awards, the highest being from the Australian Minister for Education: Excellence as a Teacher: Outstanding National Achievement.
But what made the biggest difference to my success was, I was blessed with quality mentors along the way who let me learn from them. I've created this parent mentoring site so I can share what took me over 40000 hours to learn and refine.
I've run workshops for Beginning Teachers through to Highly Accomplished Teachers. I've also run parenting workshops, and provided one-on-one advice to parents over decades. This is the website I wish I could have referred parents to for practical information that works.
Receiving an Outstanding National Achievement Award at Parliament House Canberra from Minister for Education.
Why These Resources are Free
I know what it's like to overcome multiple hardships. So I've put these resources together in the hope it helps make your life easier. If you're able to succeed as families, your children are more likely to flourish too.
It can be hard to work full-time, provide healthy meals, maintain mortgage and other payments, achieve some success; and have time for balance and fun in life.
And it can also be hard to have very little money and live in fear of what will happen next. So I've shared what worked for me, in the hope you can find something that might assist you.
Learning from others built a bridge to a better life, for both me, and my children. I hope it can for you.
I wish you and your family, a happy, successful future.
Thank you: Miss Jones: For being kind, interesting and inspiring. I wanted to be just like you
Ed: For showing me learning could be fun
Chris: For teaching me about style
Ed: For teaching me about social justice and the importance of ethics
Glenn: For supporting me in my early career
Sue: For teaching me about the importance of organization and how it underpins quality learning
Wendy: For teaching me: always choose kindness, choose softer ways around discipline problems
John: For believing in me, inspiring myself & others, building upon my strengths
Leigh: For showing me that teachers who collaborate, upskill and build each other all become stronger teachers
Anne Maree: For showing me how to help children feel like they were good at learning, regardless of ability
Neva: For providing me with skills on the best ways of teaching reading
Lyn: For providing clear directives and safe boundaries for children to learn well within
Kerrie: For showing me the importance of learning what is important to each child
Terrie: For showing me how to organize on a large scale
Jill: Encouraging me to strive for excellence & sharing my love of creativity and design
Cherylin: Always keeping perspective... Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Build a bridge... get over it
Narelle: For trusting me, inspiring me to do my best and giving me the freedom to flourish