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I believe it’s as important for our children to learn how to solve problems as it is for them to learn how to read, write, and add. I also believe that values are the foundation of our identity and need to be learned and practiced in the home first. Like reading, writing, and adding, there are three specific components to solving problems.

With all this in mind I developed a unique approach of values based leadership for parents, grandparents, and teachers that uses kid friendly lessons and stories to help children become their best selves.

What are 3 components to problem solving?

Developing Leadership Values to Move From Conflict to Collaboration

Fear of conflict is common, normal, and necessary. When children fear conflict, they shut down, fight back, or even run away. What we learn at an early age about conflict, and the messages we hear about conflict, teach us to avoid conflict at all costs throughout out lives. We develop a values for harmony, peace, and living a life free of conflict. Then, we are faced with conflict and our go to strategies to resolve the conflict is to make it go away, fight it head on, or ignore it.

I have spent a significant part of my career as an educator working to get at the core of what conflict is all about. Most importantly, I have been a practitioner. I have also been a consultant, mediator, parent, and coach and now share what I have learned through  Suzanne-Marie.com  and my books.

During my more than twenty years of practice, I have learned that three components helps us to develop new values around the conflict we experience in our lives:

  • Skills: Values based leadership and conflict management are teachable. Many of us learn these skills in adulthood, yet children who will be leading our next generations, often don’t. They can learn now.
  • Processes: Living our values from a space of authenticity takes practice. Having a process helps us to create context and gain perspective to transform into who we want to become. Children can learn these processes like they would learn how to write a story or a solve a math equation.
  • Attitude: Make connections that matter in your life. Build and nurture strengths-based connections with self and others by approaching your relationships with the same ease and grace you would a painting, a dance, or a fire. Children are imaginative and creative. They can learn to develop positive self-esteem and cultivate the best out of their experiences to become the best version of themselves at any age.

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What You Can Expect Here

I’ve been writing about values based leadership, conflict management, and living an authentic life since the early 2000s, so you can trust that I know what works and what doesn’t.

You won’t find me promising immediate results in your life overnight. Instead I will share practical strategies you can use immediately in your relationships at work and at home.

I take the overwhelm out of teaching children how values guide our decision-making and ultimately lead to our quality of life and make it easy to see how values are the foundation of our successes and our peace of mind.

Your Child Will Learn To Love Learning And Grow Into Their Best Selves

As an educator and a parent I know what it takes to support children’s development at home and in the classroom. This is not about telling you what to do or how to be a parent (it’s not my place!) but rather sharing my experiences with you to create a well rounded, healthy foundation that will help your child grow into their best selves faster than you could ever imagine.

Be inspired, entertained, and uplifted by the stories I tell. 

I have worked with hundreds of individuals and groups with a wide variety of human differences over the last two decades. I’ve served as a consultant, mediator, educator, and coach for individuals and organizations across the country. These experiences, along with my own personal journey, have shaped my view on how to live a fulfilled life.

I am an avid storyteller and published author of fiction and nonfiction as well as an international speaker. With a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, I’ve merged my passion for storytelling with my expertise in resolving conflicts to write children’s books that not only teach lessons for life, but also allow for social skills development. My greatest inspiration to help others comes from my own incredible life story.

Discover… My first children’s book, ‘Ada and Her Magic Feather’ (2022), is a powerful coming-of-age story encapsulating the importance of family, the value of courage, and the transformative power of friendship.

This first book of this series teaches children how to set healthy boundaries. It’s a great conversation piece for parents, grandparents, and teachers to use with the children in their lives.

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What People Say

Jack Hazelwood, Coach, Mediator, Facilitator, and Consultant

“I have observed and worked with Suzanne as an educator, facilitator, planner and mediator and have no hesitation to very highly recommend her. She is enthusiastic, dynamic, effective and has a beautiful way with people.”

Pearl Kapitzke, Reception and Event Planning

“Suzanne presented at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada’s-Western Region fall training , and she was extremely professional and knowledgeable. For a lot of the delegates she was their favorite part of the 2 day training as she is such a vibrant story teller as she reflected the different conflict styles to her own life. We will definitely invite her back to speak at a conference again. with you.”