A parenting coach, mom, writer and eternal optimist dedicated to helping you become the parent you most want to be.
I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, with a passion for humour and figuring out what makes people tick. I was either going to be a comedian or a parenting coach. I’m thankful and proud that I chose to start BratBusters which has helped hundreds of families over the years.
One of the things I’m often asked is “What are your qualifications?”
For most of my life, I’ve been babysitting, mentoring, and mothering children. I wanted to know, what exactly is it that makes kids happy, polite and confident? Why do some kids struggle while others thrive? It always came back to the same thing, parenting.
Whenever I voiced that people would say, “Wait until you have your own kids. It’s WORK!”
I was 29 when my son was born, 34 when my daughter was born. I was psyched up for WORK, but other than sleepless nights with newborns and some pretty scary vomit comets I found parenting fun.
I had no tolerance for bad behaviour so had that all sorted out by the time they were toddlers and then it was just some basic discipline maintenance. The rest was just plain fun. My mom used to say, “I’ve never seen anyone enjoy parenting as much as you do.” I have many weaknesses but parenting was always my strength, it came easily to me.
My children didn’t provide me with many challenges so I branched out and went back to volunteering with other children again. I took a government course to get clearance to go into homes to help new moms.
I then decided I wanted to try working with troubled teenagers. I ended up becoming a behaviour mentor in a high school and absolutely loved it.
The teens kept telling me I should teach parenting. I should’ve taken that free advice, but ended up spending $5,000 for career counselling which said I should be a parenting coach.
I admit I struggled with that as saw myself working with kids, not adults. I took a couple of years to figure it all out as could I really teach parents what I do? I mean, I use humour, not everyone’s a clown.
Then it came to me. The humour is just my personality trait, my real strength was loving and understanding kids. Parents already love their kids, I just had to teach them how to understand them.
I ended up falling in love with the parents. They came to me for help. They were often embarrassed, ashamed and extremely vulnerable. They brought out all my nurturing instincts and all I wanted to do was make them feel better and see them succeed at parenting.
They’d cry, I’d cry with them. They’d laugh, I’d laugh with them.
I’d found my mission in life. I was helping families.
Every parent wants nothing more than to raise happy, productive, confident children. In order to do that parents must meet their needs and manage their wants. That can be challenging in today’s world where kids are given so much.
I believe you, as a parent, must bring your whole self to the table if you want your children to thrive. That includes your unique set of gifts, your personality, your leadership. Your children need and crave leadership. If you don’t provide it, they’ll find it elsewhere. That could be teachers, peers or even reality TV.
Once you learn how to mix discipline with fun, your children will blossom. Your whole family will be able to relax and enjoy one another. Every parent deserves to experience the happiness and fulfillment you deserve from your family.
Most importantly, I believe that no matter what your obstacles, you have the power to change how you parent. By doing so, you’ll change your children’s future.
I‘m here to serve.
My company is built on a base of love, compassion and a commitment to help you become a strong, confident and fun leader for your children.
Through my free content, my paid coaching sessions and anything else I might offer — I’m in this to make a difference. To help you build a family life that you truly enjoy.
Whether you’re just starting a family or even dealing with a teenager in crisis, I’m here to help you reach your highest levels of parental leadership.
Yes, this is a business. Yes, I sell things. Yes, I’m proud and deeply grateful to earn a living doing so. But you should know the vast majority of my creative work is offered to you 100% free of charge.
I’m not perfect and I don’t have all the answers. I’ve made parenting mistakes, I’ve wondered if I’m doing the right thing, just like the rest of you.
But my commitment is to bring you the very best of what I’ve lived and am still learning. So please don’t expect perfect correctness (I’m far too goofy for that) but do expect compassion, humour and an unwavering devotion to getting you to where you want to be with parenting.
If you’ve read this far, thank you. I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship. And, I’d love to learn more about you. The best way to share that and stay connected is to make sure you join my newsletter which includes my FREE “3 Step Parenting Plan” — just enter your name and email.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I’m thrilled we’re connected and I’m excited for the journey ahead.
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