Author: Karen Copeland Let's talk about self-care. As caregivers, we are often encouraged to make sure we take time for ourselves, to replenish our own reserves; because if we are struggling, how will we be able to help our children? Sometimes though, this idea of self-care seems easier said than done. We become so caught… Continue reading Tips for Self Care
Author: Karen Copeland Most of us are familiar with icebergs, and that you really only see a small piece of an iceberg above the surface; there is so much more underneath. In the human services realm, the iceberg has become a metaphor for exploring deeper below the surface instead of relying solely on what we… Continue reading Re-Thinking the Iceberg
Author: Karen Copeland This article was originally published in the Fall 2016 edition of Okanagan Family Magazine. The Journey from There to Here “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I’ve ended up where I needed to be.” Douglas Adams If there is one guarantee in life it is… Continue reading The Journey From There to Here
Author: Karen Copeland There are times when we have an idea that, on the surface, seems like it will be a good fit. The expectations seem reasonable and attainable, we may even have experienced success in the past. We know to anticipate a few ups and downs but for the most part, feel confident that the day… Continue reading Embracing the Unexpected
Author: Karen Copeland She sits quietly in your classroom. Completes her work. Not always on time, but mostly. She might be hesitant to raise her hand to answer a question. She likes school, but doesn't love school and would rather learn about things that matter to her. She might not be the one to readily… Continue reading Do You Know Her?
Author: Karen Copeland I've been thinking a lot about awareness lately, and reflecting on how our family has moved from a place of awareness to a place of acceptance. I thought about those times when people were "aware" of the challenges we were experiencing but this did not necessarily translate into "acceptance". In one of… Continue reading Shifting from Awareness to Acceptance
I wrote this post last year after attending #EdCamp35, hosted by the Langley School District. Shawn Davids graciously posted it on his blog, Leadership with Purpose (because I didn't have one then). Now that registration has opened for the 2016 #EdCamp35, I am re-posting the article here in the hopes that I can encourage more… Continue reading Why Should Parents Attend #EdCamp?
This post is inspired by a recent post that has gone viral titled "Dear Parent: About THAT Kid" by an educator in Calgary, Alberta. It is a powerful post and I encourage you to read it. While I was reading the post, I thought about how easy it is to assume instead of be curious.… Continue reading I Am “that” Parent