This website is for parents and educators - a contact for every stakeholder committed to the wellbeing and future of children.
It's for those who understand how precious it is to nurture the developing spirit of young people.
Teaching and counselling
As a teacher and counsellor I am grateful to my colleagues who have shown me what an honour and joy it is to be part of exceptional professions striving to make a difference for kids.
You have lead me to see that sometimes the best we can do is to provide a soft place for our "Tough Kids"™ to fall. The "Tough Kids"™ represent those whose lives are compromised by the unpredictability of their temperament or by the capricious nature of their home lives. As a result, they find life much tougher than most and make life tougher for those who care for them and educate them. At times school is the only place they receive security, consistent care and hear the right kinds of messages kids need to receive. As we get our thinking and practice right with the "Tough Kids"™ we will also reach many more kids, and schools will become far more humane places for children.
Commitment to parents
My work has also immersed me in the lives of countless families whose children process, learn and behave differently. You've shared with me many ideas to cleverly manage the tricky behaviours of children and adolescents, despite it being 'tough going'. Your persistence and resourceful initiatives are responsible for the information and sparkling ideas contained within the website.
"I, along with many others, see that young people who make it from difficult situations have often had just one significant adult outside of the family take a steady, empathic interest in them. From the moment they connected with their mentor, changes in their thinking, optimism and cooperation unfolded. There is now a growing awareness that mentoring is a stabilising and revitalising treatment for individuals battling a variety of issues."
Mark Le Messurier