Pink Shirt Day – Let’s Put an End to Bullying

Lana Dunn

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Wednesday February 24th, 2021 is Pink Shirt Day. A Canadian initiative, the idea began at a rural high school in Nova Scotia when a grade 9 boy was harassed for wearing a pink shirt to school. Two senior male students decided enough was enough, and launched the first Day of Pink to invite folks to take a stand against discrimination … Read More

4 Helpful Tips for an Easy Transition to September

Lana Dunn

The transition to September is right around the corner. For many of us, September holds the same “fresh start” mentality as New Year’s Eve – without the champagne and snow! As someone who was a student for many years of my life, and who for the past 12 years has been ushering children through the back to school routine, I … Read More

How to Help Children Make the Most of Summer

Lana Dunn

It’s almost summer vacation – the roughly eight weeks each year that kids live for and parents often dread. Cries of “I’m bored” and “There’s nothing to do” can send many parents over the edge. But with a bit of pre-planning and the consideration of a few guidelines, the summer can not only be a great opportunity for children to … Read More

When Life Hands You Lemons

Lana Dunn

A couple of years ago we were on vacation and our flight home was cancelled. As a result, we were transported to a resort for the night, along with several hundred other passengers. The airline told us we would be taken back to the airport the next morning and given unlimited food and drink. It wasn’t convenient, but it wasn’t … Read More

4 Tips for Navigating Family Conflict

Lana Dunn

Conflict is usually seen as negative or something to be avoided. There is even a myth that there is no place for conflict in a happy or “functional” family. However, the truth is that conflict exists, and it can be a healthy part of engaging with others. While poorly handled conflict can break ties, decrease trust, and damage communication, conflict … Read More

Launching Children Into Adulthood

Lana Dunn

This month, our eldest child turns 20. He is more or less “launched”, and watching him and his two younger siblings blossom into remarkable young adults has been a fabulous, rewarding, and challenging journey. As I reflect on the past 20 years, I have come up with seven keys to raising perfect little babies into good, decent, respectful people. These … Read More

Talking To Children About Tragedy

Lana Dunn

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The recent tragedy in Las Vegas dominated the news, the water cooler talk, the social media feeds. As the events unfolded, and in the days following, I thought often of what to tell my children, how to ensure I didn’t scare them, and how to make sure they received correct information from a trusted source. I suspect I am not … Read More

Radical Self-Care

Lana Dunn

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As I sit to write this, the world seems to be in a state of turmoil. Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and talks of nuclear threats dominate the news. And with such chaos comes greater distress in our employees, clients, patients, or students – and in us too. If we, the helpers, parents, teachers, caregivers or leaders, are struggling, we limit our … Read More

Celebrating International Youth Day

Lana Dunn

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International Youth Day takes place on August 12th. First designated by the United Nations in 1999, this day is designed both to celebrate the role of young people as agents of change and development in the world and to highlight the unique challenges they face. The Challenges Those of us who work with young people are well aware of the … Read More

7 Tips for Setting Realistic New Year’s Goals

Lana Dunn

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Happy New Year! The start of the new year is the perfect time to reflect on the past and clarify the path forward. These seven tips will help you set realistic goals to make this your most productive, successful, and enjoyable year yet! Build on PAST SUCCESSES – A great way to start setting goals for the new year is … Read More