Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Suicide Prevention Event this coming weekend (Sept 26-28)

Suicide is a very really and very hard topic to deal with and even to talk about. We all fear that if we approach the subject, we may attract bad things. Law of Attraction tells us to be cautious about our thoughts. But not talking about suicide won't make it go away.

Here are a few facts taken from http://www.speakupsavelives.org

*The third leading cause of death for 15-to-24-year-olds is suicide.

*Every day, more than 80 Americans commit suicide- and 1500 more attempt it.

*America lost more teens to suicide last year than the total number of soldiers lost in the Iraq war

But we can help prevent suicide right now by doing a few simple LITTLE things!

*Greet-say hello, make eye contact, pass a smile on to the people you encounter.

*Include- Include yourself in the world around you, and invite others to be a part of what you are doing. Reach out, especially if you see someone starting to withdraw.

*Validate- This can be as simple as a ‘thank you’ or a genuine complement. Let others know you appreciate them.

*Empathize- Be a listening ear. We can’t always relate to the problems or stories of another, but often all you need to do is be fully present as you hear them to truly help the person sharing

GIVE so that others will live!

The more aware we become, the more we will focus on solutions. Let's each of us do our part in making a difference.


Life Coach

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Come and visit this new blog

Hi there

I wanted to share with you this blog that I received from ReMarriage Magazine. It's really great quick to read. If you have not yet gotten your subscription to this great magazine, I recommend that you go to www.remarriagemag.com and check it out.

Also, I hope that you did something special for National Stepfamily Day. For us, we just took time to appreciate where we came from and where we are at. Our children are all grown up now and starting families of their own. I feel really blessed that our kids are happy and content.

I guess we have to congratulate ourselves in this. It's easy to take the credit when everything goes well but we also can see where we could have done better. Bottom line here is that we recognize our children for wanting to make the choices they did and we support them. As a stepmom, I saw my role as a mentor rather than their mother. I knew they had one, whether I approved of what she did or not. Giving everyone the freedom to choose their own road was the best thing we did.

So to acknowledge my husband and I on our stepfamily's success, we took the time to thank each other and appreciate where we are in life.

On this, have a great day and enjoy your families.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Stepfamily Day is on September 16th

Happy Stepfamily Day!

To celebrate, get your copy of the eBook "99 Things To Do With Your Stepkids" at a very special price. Brought to you by a stepmom and her stepdaughters, this book gathers together a few positive, helpful ideas for all kinds of stepfamilies. Check it out, and sign up for the nice monthly e-newsletter. Click Here!

A special note.

I've read it and truly enjoyed the suggestions. These are easy to do and don't require a lot of planing ahead. Share this eBook with dads that may not know what to do in between visits and with stepmoms that just have a hard time connecting with their stepchildren.

Use some of the suggestions that the eBook suggest to celebrate your own special day on the 16th of September and let us know what you did. We would love to hear what came out of it and how the family celebrated.



Thursday, September 4, 2008

What's New for September

Well I am back from a very busy and fun summer and am glad to be at work. September is the time for getting back to school and work and signing up for lots of different things. Coaching Steps is no different. Here are some of the things that are going on.

If you live in the Fairfax/Washington DC area (or know of someone in the area that might be interested), then this program is for you. Two great coaches have paired up to give you “Couples Group Coaching”, a great program to help you with creating the best relationship you want.

-What you will get is a sense of unity and shared vision.
-A feeling of peace and togetherness.
-A true partnership in your relationship.

To find out more about Claudette and Leanne's program, go to http://www.shinelikethesun.com/IntroFlyerCouplesGroupGoldCoaching.pdf .
The program starts September 7th.

On September 22nd at 8:00 pm EST, I will be conducting my first teleseminar on the series on “How to be a successful Stepmother”. I will be offering suggestions and tools to stepmoms that are feeling overwhelmed on issues of stepfamily life. I will address ways to take care of themselves first so that stepmoms will be in a better frame of mind to help their family. I will also talk about what is normal in a steprelationship and what are realistic expectations. I will also address myths about stepmotherhood.

If you wish to participate on this call, send an email to Claudette@coachingsteps.com with “September Teleseminar” in the subject line and I will send you the details on how to join the teleconference. This is a free class (except if there are any long distance charges for you). There will also be time to ask questions about issues that you are dealing with.

If you cannot participate on this call, the calls will be recorded and posted on my webpage at a later date. If you would like to hear a specific topic on this subject, send me an email and I will let you know when I will have it.

I would love to hear more about what subjects and topics you would like to learn more about.

Looking forward to talking with you soon.