Never Let Go

By |October 19th, 2018|

I spent the early years of mothering focused on providing the best meals, organizing the playrooms, ensuring the best learning environments, and facilitating my big kids’ activities.  My concerns centred around obedience and discipline.  However, what I don’t think I did as well, was express my unequivocal, wildly passionate, and wholly devoted love to my […]

Give All Our Children Wings

By |September 30th, 2018|

When I was 5 I wanted to be “saved,” when I was 10 I wanted to be a “teacher,” when I was 15 I wanted to be a “wife and mother.”  The roles were prescribed and I played along.  There was no intent to harm, but very traditional roles of masculinity and femininity existed and […]

Acceleration of Mother Nature

By |September 23rd, 2018|

Mother Nature spent aeons taking care of herself, all-the-while humans and ecosystems adapting to her ebbs and flows.  Now, we are entering a new era, one where humans are the ones exerting the greater pressure.  We call this era: Anthropocene.
A New Era
This is the era of the powerful many.  The United Nations report about 9.7 billion […]

The Acceleration of Technology

By |September 9th, 2018|

What if a four-cent VW bug could travel across Canada in less than a second and on so little gas you wouldn’t even count it?  Let’s talk about acceleration.

Understanding our rapidly changing culture is essential for parents and educators preparing children for the future we cannot see.

Of course, one can never see the future, so […]

Beauty in the Palette of the Heart

By |May 28th, 2018|

Our human hearts hold an array of emotions and feelings mixed together throughout our daily walk, a palette of swirls and blending colours in one continuous experience.  What helps our hearts come to rest amidst the swirl is the safety and acceptance of our human relationships.

When we are together, our emotions like colours, mix.  We respond […]

Designing for Thriving in Messy Lives

By |February 26th, 2018|

How can we design for thriving when our lives are messy? When our days are held together with threads and nothing seems to be working right, it is difficult to imagine thriving. I can move to that space quite easily.

Those of us who care for children are intimately acquainted with heartache and challenge. Teachers and […]

4 Principles of Playfulness in Design

By |January 27th, 2018|

Learn Forward asks the question, “How are we all, children, parents, and teachers, on a journey towards thriving?” If that’s our question, it seems natural to have a conversation about the power of play, what children do best.

My little girl described her play in a playground game that a mixed-age group of girls made up. […]

Designing for Thriving Honours Connection

By |January 21st, 2018|

Have you ever felt a word, idea or concept was simply ‘in the air’ for you? “Connection” is that word for me this week. I feel like the word “connecting” is whispering to me everywhere. I find it in various readings, I feel it when it is lost or broken, and I observe successful people […]

Designing for Thriving Begins with Empathy

By |January 13th, 2018|

Everyone is talking about thriving, flourishing, and positive psychology! Possibly the greatest break-through in neurology in the last generation was the idea of neuroplasticity.  The brain can change throughout our lifetimes. We can learn new things and change our way of being.  I don’t know about you, but I am deeply encouraged by this scientific […]

Design So Children Thrive

By |January 7th, 2018|

As parents and teachers, we design our homes and classrooms for thriving. We all want the best for our children. In order for children to thrive, we all must thrive. One cannot thrive at the expense of the others. This is an essential tenet for cooperation, belonging, and sustainability. So, how do we create homes and […]