There’s some wonderful things about teenagers. They have the whole world ahead of them and so many opportunities. But they can be gloomy at times too.
In the coming decades, today’s kids will be the politicians and inventors. They’ll be the business leaders and workers.
First we have to get them there…
And that’s what I’m passionately putting together. A collection of tips and tricks to help you set them up for success. If you work or live with young people, then I’m on this journey with you.
I quit my job of 10 years in March 2016. I walked out the door into… Well nothing.
The weeks that followed fell into a routine of looking for work, tidying up the house and then wondering what else I could do.
I decided to start writing to take my mind off my things. And in the middle of that I worked out that what I most wanted was to be to be able to do this full time. To be able to write and talk about working and living with young people.
That’s what Tweens2teen is. It’s my one-girl-band on all matters Gen Z.
You might be a parent, a teacher, a grandparent, a youth worker or a carer. If you sometimes get stumped in helping your 10 to 20 year olds forge their grown up life, I’m here for you.
What I do
As Tweens2teen grows I’m adding a range of services, but here’s what it looks like right now:
On Mondays I publish something about living with young people and on Wednesdays I write about working with them. Every second weekend I also reflect on my life as a sports parent.
Supervision & coaching
I support youth workers and school chaplains to debrief the tough parts of the job and amplify the successes. And for parents and carers, my coaching helps out with systems, routines and expectations. We can connect by Skype, phone or sometimes face-to-face.
Training & consulting
Whether it’s joining a webinar to tick the PD box, speaking at an event or putting together learning materials for a course, there’s a few ways I can help organisations provide better services to young people.
Long story short
I live in Brisbane, smack bang in the middle of the east coast of Australia. I get to do this with my husband of 20 years, Pete, and our three terrific teenagers.
The highlights of my life involve these four amazing people! Whether it’s sharing a meal or gather around a noisy game of Ticket to Ride. Or heading off on an adventure to explore a corner of the world together.
How I got here
I left school with the common issue of not knowing what to do. So the career counsellor solved that by telling me to head to uni and get a social work degree.
The highlight of my studies was an intensive course on child and family therapy, along with a work placement at Centrelink. It’s the social security service here in Australia.
Helping people at their most vulnerable showed me the importance of advocacy and innovation in social work practice.
Since then I’ve also collected a teaching degree and had all sorts of experiences working with young people and their families. In the city and country; for government, not for profit and private businesses. You name it, I’ve done it!
In 2013 I gave my social work degree a polish with some more study. That course introduced me to new ways of understanding social justice and the experiences of Indigenous people.
Where else to connect
Life is busy and there seems to be new social channels sprouting up all the time. To know what I’m writing about and connect more, give my Facebook page a liking.
I not only share my work on living and working with young people, but also offer up the best of what I find on the web too.
At a professional level, you’re also welcome to connect with me on Linked In. And if Pinterest is a happy place for you, I’m also having fun curating some boards over there.
Bits of paper
Some people like to know that there’s some substance behind the words. That it’s not just a facade.
Here’s my qualifications:
- Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland (1993)
- Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) from the University of New England (2005)
- Graduate Certificate in Community & Youth Work from Griffith University (2013)
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
I’m also a member of these organisations:
- Australian Association of Social Workers – membership number 459496
- Queensland College of Teachers – registration number 811423
Books that have me digging deeper
Having developed training resources for the last few years, the research bug has bitten me. I’m always looking to understand something new, and here’s what I’ve got stacked up on my desk at the moment:
Flourish by Martin Seligman (2011). This book looks at the theory of positive psychology and how to craft contentment and happiness.
Pivot, by Jenny Blake (2016). It’s a business book for entrepreneurs but I’m enjoying thinking about how elastic we have to be to cope with change these days. I’m looking at how we can develop that elasticity in thinking and coping in today’s kids to better prepare them for the world of work.
Mindset, by Carol Dweck (2012). She’s the founder of the growth mindset. I’m a big believer in the power of turning things over and looking for opportunities in our challenges.
How to get more
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Bless you heaps,