August 2012 | 10 Second Effort for a Better World

Hello There Everybody! I want to help you, help make the world a BETTER place in 10 seconds or less and, give you a Chance to WIN an amazing Appreciation Gift for your efforts! See below for the contents of the Appreciation Gift. As a proud Kindness Partner and Board member of Life Vest Inside […]

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June 2012 | G2B is Getting to Better

Hello Everyone! This Newsletter has been developed to provide a brief notice of what is happening at the Getting to Better Initiative. Before I get to that, we would like to say THANK YOU to all of the people that helped out with the VOICES Free Hug Day to make it a huge success. We […]

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April 2012 | Ineffective Discipline with Youth: Away from Better

This Newsletter is taken from Getting to Better: Effective Discipline for Building Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Youth (de Groot, 2012) and supplements the October 2011 article, Discipline Shouldn’t Hurt . Discipline is probably the most important factor and process essential for developing respectful, responsible and resilient youth. It is also one of the most common […]

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March 2012 | Imagine Every Day Better: Kinder and More Beautiful Than the One Before

Have you ever had one of THOSE days, where things didn’t seem to go right in your personal or professional life? Maybe it was one of those days where you may have been feeling down, blue or a little disconnected from what you would refer to as “happiness” or contentment? Have you ever had one […]

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February 2012 | Got Strengths? More Than Just Being Positive

If you are a parent, teacher, team member, social worker, youth care worker, foster, parent, team leader, supervisor, coach, manager, doctor, or you operate in any partnership or supportive capacity with other people, YOU ARE A HELPER; you have a responsibility for helping other people to do, be, or function well. You are in a […]

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January 2012 | Getting to Better in 2012: Because We Can

Happy New Year Everyone! This is not the “usual” monthly Getting to Better Newsletter. It is a personal note from me, Steve. I wanted to start the year off by saying; HELLO, THANK YOU and provide you with an UPDATE and share my PROMISE to you for 2012. Yes a Promise. This Newsletter is intended […]

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December 2011 | Lead Them or Lose Them: A Letter to Supervisors in Social Services

Dear Supervisors, Thank you for taking on one of the most important, challenging and complex roles in social services. Thank you for committing yourself to manage and support valuable work through other people. You cannot be thanked enough for your dedication and hard work. Thank you. This article has been motivated by my experiences as […]

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November 2011 | To Touch or Not to Touch? There is No Question

I would like to thank Marie Christian and VOICES, Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network Leadership Team for giving me an opportunity to be involved in the Free Hug Day Campaign this year held in Winnipeg, May 2011. The purpose of that day was to educate people on the importance of making connections with kids who […]

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October 2011 | Discipline Shouldn’t Hurt: Important Considerations for Learning

When things are generally going well in work and/or life, we rarely hear about the word Discipline. It often surfaces at times that are not so positive. Discipline, in general, has developed a negative overtone. Think about the times that you hear the word Discipline. it is usually when something has gone wrong, when something […]

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September 2011 | Hope: And Some Practical Things for Holding onto Your Children

I would like to thank Mary and Michelle, who are among the hundreds of parents that have shared their stories with me. I am honored and grateful that they have allowed me to share pieces of their stories with you. They are stories of parent-teen relationship recovery and resilience; stories of trial, tribulation, patience, courage, […]

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