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Having spent more than two decades developing solid interpersonal communication and conflict management strategies, I believe it’s as important for our kids to learn how to solve problems as it is to learn how to read, write, and add.

Values are the foundation of our identity and must be learned and practiced in the home first. Like reading, writing, and adding, there are three specific components to solving problems.

With all this in mind, I developed a unique approach of values-based leadership for parents and teachers that uses kid-friendly lessons and stories to help children become their best selves.

What are the three components of problem-solving?

Developing Leadership Values to Move From Conflict to Collaboration

Fear of conflict is common, normal, and necessary. Children who fear conflict shut down, fight back or even run away. What we learn at an early age about conflict and the messages we hear about conflict teach us to avoid conflict at all costs throughout our lives. We develop values for harmony, peace, and living a life free of conflict. Then, we are faced with conflict, and our go-to strategies to resolve it are to make it go away, fight it head-on, or ignore it.

I spent a significant part of my career as an educator working to get at the core of what conflict is all about. Most importantly, I have been a practitioner. I have also been a consultant, mediator, parent, and coach and now share what I have learned through, Medium,  and my books.

Three Components of Problem Solving

During my more than twenty years of practice, I have learned that three components help us to develop new values around the conflict we experience in our lives:

  • Skills: Values-based leadership and conflict management are teachable. Many of us learn these skills in adulthood, yet kids who will lead the next generations, often don’t. They can learn now.
  • Processes: Living our values from a space of authenticity takes practice. A process helps us create context and gain perspective to transform into who we want to become. Kids can learn these processes as they would learn how to write a story or solve a math equation.
  • Attitude: Make connections that matter in your life. Build and nurture strengths-based connections with self and others by approaching your relationships with the same ease and grace you would a painting, a dance, or a fire. Children are imaginative and creative. They can learn to develop positive self-esteem and cultivate the best out of their experiences to become the best version of themselves at any age.

What You Can Expect Here

I’ve been writing about values-based leadership, conflict management, and living an authentic life since the early 2000s, so you can trust that I know what works and what doesn’t.

You won’t find me promising immediate results in your life overnight. Instead, I will share practical strategies you can use immediately in your relationships at work and home.

I take the overwhelm out of teaching kids how values guide our decision-making and ultimately lead to our quality of life. You’ll find practical strategeis to make it easy to see how values are the foundation of our successes and our peace of mind.

Your kids will love learning and growing into their best selves.

As an educator and a parent, I know what it takes to support kids’ development at home and in the classroom. This is not about telling you what to do or how to be a parent (it’s not my place!) but rather sharing my experiences to create a well-rounded, healthy foundation that will help your kids grow into their best selves faster than you could ever imagine.

Be inspired, entertained, and uplifted by the stories I tell. 

Over the last two decades, I have worked with countless individuals and groups with various human differences. I’ve served as a consultant, mediator, educator, and coach for individuals and organizations across North America. These experiences and my journey of self-discovery have shaped my view on living a fulfilled life.

I am an avid storyteller and published author of fiction and nonfiction and an international speaker. With a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis Management, I’ve merged my passion for storytelling with my expertise in resolving conflicts to write children’s books that teach life lessons and allow for social skills development. My greatest inspiration to help others comes from my own incredible life story.

Discover… My first children’s book, ‘Ada and Her Magic Feather’ (2022), is a powerful coming-of-age story encapsulating the importance of family, the value of courage, and the transformative power of friendship.

This first book of this series teaches children how to set healthy boundaries. It’s a great conversation piece for parents, grandparents, and teachers to use with the children in their lives.

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“Suzanne presented at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada’s-Western Region fall training , and she was extremely professional and knowledgeable. For a lot of the delegates she was their favorite part of the 2 day training as she is such a vibrant story teller as she reflected the different conflict styles to her own life. We will definitely invite her back to speak at a conference again. with you.”

— Pearl Kapitzke, Reception and Event Planning

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