It’s provocative, and I know some people won’t like what I’m about to say, but I’m going to say it: …Mindfulness doesn’t work for everyone. Continue reading “The Batman Effect”
7 Tips for Raising Girls
A short while ago my new book about teenage girls, Miss-Connection, was released. The book appeared on some bestseller lists around the country. Since then, I’ve been asked, repeatedly, for the “secrets” to raising happy, responsible, strong teenage girls. Continue reading “7 Tips for Raising Girls”
The Most Effective Way to Build Motivation
Here’s a quick quiz for you.
Think about the children you raise, the students you teach, or the employees you oversee. If you want them to be motivated and have the BEST attitude towards whatever you’re asking them to do, what matters most? Continue reading “The Most Effective Way to Build Motivation”
3 Simple Strategies to Supercharge Your Attitude
I don’t like to deal with absolutes… always, never, everything, nothing. After all, I’m a research scientist. For people like me, I prefer statements like “it depends”. I try to avoid being too certain. Continue reading “3 Simple Strategies to Supercharge Your Attitude”
What Legacy Are You Building?
Pause and think, for just a moment, of the most excellent person you have ever met…
What made them so “excellent”?
Is it possible to create an inventory of their attributes; the characteristics of excellence they embody?
Aristotle said… Continue reading “What Legacy Are You Building?”
“I need a volunteer!” is always a statement that guarantees most people will suddenly stare at their shoes or the ceiling. But when I add the statement “And they need to be the fittest and healthiest human specimen in the room”, most people feel immediately safe. “I’m off the hook,” they think as they immediately scan the room for someone to dob in. Continue reading “High-Performance Habits”
Attitude is Everything
When my youngest daughter was around 18 months old we shared an experience that taught me a valuable lesson about how our attitude is everything. Continue reading “Attitude is Everything”
The Cultivation of Character
A brave mum raises her hand to ask me a question. There are close to 400 parents in the packed auditorium. The topic was teens and screens, but her question stretches well beyond those boundaries. Continue reading “The Cultivation of Character”
The Spanking Debate: Changing Minds Takes a Generation
Smacking is one of those topics in parenting that never really goes away. It’s always in the headlines or creating some kind of provocation on social media. Continue reading “The Spanking Debate: Changing Minds Takes a Generation”
Why Advice About Alcohol Falls on Deaf Teen Ears (and What You Can Do About It)
In late 2019, shortly before COVID-19 began to do its damage, I was in a coastal NSW high school talking to students in Grades 9 and 10 about the latest alcohol statistics. Those stats tell a very good news story. Kids today drink less than ever before. Continue reading “Why Advice About Alcohol Falls on Deaf Teen Ears (and What You Can Do About It)”