Connection is More Important Than Perfection

We made it fellow teachers, the first week of school is complete and everyone is safe! Hooray! But my #Chaos2Calm mindset wonders, are these little people feeling safe?

The DDSB has a grassroots initiative that started last year @PearsonAjax called The First 20 Days of Well-being and this @20DaysWellbeing has caught fire! Essentially an entire school begins the school year participating in community circles that are themed around building connections among students in the school so they know they belong, matter and are valued. I always share with my little ones that I have 2 jobs as their Teacher: First to ensure they are safe, and second, to grow their brain 😊

Part of feeling safe for students is knowing they matter, that they’d be missed, or noticed. One major win for me is that I finally got a couch for my classroom and my teacher heart is so happy. You’d be surprised how meaningful it is to sit beside a child and read (or share) with them, rather than teaching reading strategies from the other side of a desk in 1:1 interactions.

Mattering really matters.

So as we ease into week 2 of school and assessments begin and more academic expectations are prevalent, remember that proactive, intentional positive community circles, class check-ins and continued relationship building really matters.

Kids Act Their Worst Around Their Mom, Why is That?

Parents often tell me that their kids are angels at school, and their teachers can’t say enough positive things about them, but when they get home, it all unravels, and it’s awful!

Why do kids tantrum at home, but hold it together in public?

Jill from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons says: “More than anything else, kids understand that home is their soft place to land. They know they can trust you.”

Why do you think kids behave differently with Mom versus Dad?

Leave me a comment, let’s talk.

Movement Programs at School

Inspired by Alberta’s initiative, Don’t walk in the Hallway, this Manitoba school was inspired to install a Sensory Path.


This is such a fun and fantastic way to work out the wiggles so students can renew themselves and reenter their classroom ready to learn.

Chevalier sees a strong future for movement programs in schools. “I think a lot of schools are embracing opportunity for choice in seating in the classrooms, and this just directly complements that concept.”Brandy Chevalier, Principal, Roland School

She hopes such exercise “can become a preventative measure for some behaviour issues that might happen by a child who cannot regulate themselves to sit in class.”

My Mentor: Samantha Moe

Samantha Moe, founder of Mad2Glad, is a passionate, positive and empowering visionary. She has taken the elephant in the room, named it, studied it and figured out a way to embrace it and overcome it. Both as a parent and a teacher, this Mad2Glad work heals the weak spot, the WHAT DO I DO and that’s the one thing, no matter how educated we’ve become, that nobody but Samantha has figured out.

This blueprint is a system, rooted in neuroscience, child development and the experience of professionals and parents – and it works! I’m so grateful that she’s chosen to share her wisdom to help more and more families find calm and enjoyment in their family’s lives.

Peace Begins Here…

If you’re a frustrated parent who is: overwhelmed, exhausted, at your witts end or just want to know why your intense brained child with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Giftedness or your neuritypical child didn’t come with a user manual, you’ve come to the right place.

I’m a Certified Mad2Glad Parent Coach.  I offer real solutions and time tested strategies that get to the root of the disharmony and will provide a road map to bring peace and enjoyment back into your home.  

That Happy Kids User Manual I mentioned, I’ve got it!

I’m newly minted!!

Nikki has officially become a Mad2Glad Certified Parent Coach!! Her vision 6 months ago was “Ubuntu: I am because we are.”

As a teacher who recognized that children are WHOLE people, with experiences inside and OUTSIDE the classroom, her heart was heavy in knowing the limitations of a child specialist who can see parents are struggling but not having explicit instruction in how to guide them toward greater peace and collaboration with their child.

Now, she says, “as a Mad2Glad Certified Parent Coach I am in a position where I have advice for parents that don’t involve doctors, therapists or negativity in any way, and I put the power to improve their lives, their families and themselves in their own hands.”

“I also now have simple and solid advice for educators that may be counterintuitive to the way that they were taught but brings them such joy at the outcome of simple tiny tidbits of advice.”

“This program is more valuable to the wellbeing and balance for me, my family and my students than all my years of undergrad and graduate studies combined. Sign up and never look back!”

Nikki IS a lighthouse in the storm who is solid, reassuring and able to stand strong in her belief that ALL CHILDREN HAVE GIFTS and we only need to learn to draw them out.

The volunteer parents who Nikki coached during the experiential portion of this Certification program attributes their shift to her beautiful style and in-depth knowledge of the new parenting tools. They shifted from “anger, through-the-roof anxiety and nagging” to having a relationship with their children they “are proud to have!”

Nikki guided them to a space where now, “Our kids listen and we have fewer negotiations and power struggles. We are happier and more confident as a parenting team.”

We whole-heartedly agree with their praise that “Nikki is an incredible person who is full of encouragement, with an amazing ability to break parenting down into steps that change family dynamics so everyone is on the same page.”

Please CELEBRATE Nikki’s accomplishment and the GIFTS SHE BRINGS to the world!