Strategies for Stressful Times

During this time of uncertainty, when the world is bombarding us with non-stop information, it can seem like there are more questions than answers. This can feel overwhelming and can induce anxious feelings even in the most serene heart. You may be feeling it already; some of your employees, colleagues, families, and even children are, [...]

Uncomfortable Kindness

“You’re always so nice to me.” I say this incredulously... every. single. time. I say it with surprise and a twinge of actual, physical, discomfort. Why? Kindness is not unfamiliar to me — (most) people are (mostly) kind. And yet? Kindness, especially in the form of “words of affirmation” (aka praise) can make me so [...]

Bite-size advocacy

"Because my first role is advocate for children…” I hastily scribbled those words in my notes a few years ago, while listening to Sherry Cleary lead a professional development segment. She was recalling a conversation with a staff member and shared some excellent strategies for delivering feedback and facilitating difficult conversations. Although advocacy was not [...]