My purpose is to have a positive impact. I am a qualified Leadership Development Coach, Consultant and Facilitator.
I am a mum of 3 kids: Eddie, Libby and Hugo and I try everyday to apply what I have learned through my studies, qualifications and coaching training to my parenting approach.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, I keep adjusting how I do things and keep the focus on their growth and confidence.
To find out more about me, visit chloeblake.com.au
Why I wrote this book...
My daughter Libby started high school in 2020 and it was much harder for her and for myself as a parent than I had ever thought it would be.
For the 2020 cohort of kids, they only had a few weeks of being at their new schools before COVID lock down restrictions kicked in and online learning was the new way of doing things.
I wanted to help set other girls up for a more confident start to high school and find out more about other people's experiences as part of the process.
Change is uncomfortable and it's hard. This is when we grow, learn and develop resilience that will serve us well for the rest of our lives. I believe as parents, we need to let our kids find things out for themselves, it's what makes them stronger and more resilient over time. We can't protect them from everything, however applying the skills and knowledge I have as a leadership development coach and facilitator in the book and combining this with advice from girls who have walked in their shoes will give them the confidence they need for success.
I'm from Scotland and on a call from our home in Australia to my mum in Scotland, the 3 generations of women in our family my mum Tishy, myself and my daughter Libby, were talking about how tricky this change is and how moving to a new school is not easy.
During the conversation both myself and my mum were telling Libby stories of the memories we had during that change, what we wish we had known and that even though it's tough, it helps with being able to deal with difficult situations for the future.
This is a fantastic book that mixes approachable wisdom with thoughtful activities that lets girls take control of handling the many challenges of high school. Beautifully designed and laid out, it is user friendly and strikes the right tone for this age group, never patronising but presenting complex issues in a clear manner. Absolutely recommend. Emma, English & Drama High School Teacher