What inspired you to set up your business
I was inspired to make a change in the lives of families after constantly witnessing parents who were struggling with their children's behaviour.
I feel their frustration, but when time-outs and consequences don't work home life is really challenging. Parents love their children but a lot of the time they don’t know what they don’t know, and I’ve made it my life purpose to give them ideas and solutions that lead them along an easier path. In my experience much of the unwanted behaviour is just a reflection of a child’s inner worth. When this behaviour is met with punitive discipline it evokes a feeling of shame and only leads to more bad behaviour.
I am also deeply moved by the suicide rate right now in our country. My heart is constantly pierced as I read these stories and hear of young people taking their own lives. I always ask myself; ‘Why do our young people feel that the world is better off without them? Why do these beautiful souls sink so low they feel that harming themselves or taking their own lives is the only way out of the mire?’ We must teach our children who they are and why they are valuable, and it starts in the home. Every child deserves to be understood and valued for who they are, not just how they behave or preform.
The Launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
I trained and worked as a preschool teacher, then travelled the world for many years working as a nanny for ‘high-profile’ families. After Nanning for many children of different ages, cultures and personalities, I witnessed all sorts of behaviour challenges. And my toolbox of strategies grew and grew.
After working around the world, I spent three years in Sydney managing a Montessori Preschool. It was there where I really started observing the differences in children. A Montessori setting is child-lead, meaning children have the freedom to learn and explore in their own way. It was here I observed closely the different natures of children. This intrigued me and that's where my research started on what Nature each child fell into and what they needed to feel balanced and happy.
It came naturally to me to give advice and suggestions, and it wasn’t long before friends and family encouraged me to start my own business. With the goal of creating harmony in the home I teach parents about the nature of their child, and how their child can grow and be happy if their home environment if supportive.
The innovation: What was the biggest breakthrough for you with your business?
Not long ago I fostered a very complex, behaviourally challenged child who was dosed up on many different medications just in an attempt to help regulate some of his behaviour. Although I agree there is a place for some medications, I knew there must be an alternative option as the side effects were saddening. I began researching natural forms of medicine and what I found was a game-changer.
An Essential Oil Company from America, called doTERRA, provides the highest quality essential oils and natural plant-based medicine that support our bodies to function at their best.
The quality and integrity of these products are outstanding and the results I have witnessed over the past year are very exciting. Feeling good and behaving at our best starts with how we feel, and what our bodies are exposed to makes a huge difference.
I noticed an immediate improvement in his agitation and emotional regulation. His sleep patterns improved (as did mine) and his digestive system regulated, but best of all he had something that he could use to support himself and his own feelings. There is nothing more inspiring than witnessing your child name an emotion they are feeling and reach for a safe, effective natural solution.
Working with doTerra, I’m honoured to be partnering with a company also referred to as a Humanitarian Organisation. They are involved globally in breaking human trafficking cycles, teaching young women about their bodies and hygiene, and improving farmers’ livelihoods. It sits well with me that in using doTERRA products in my business and at home I’m helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate than me.
The Drive: What challenges have you overcome?
During the end of my time abroad, when I was managing a pre-school, I was criticised by an employer for being too friendly and talking too much. A happy Social Nature is truly who I am, however at that time I saw it to be much more valuable to be someone else, someone more serious and professional. This led me into the dark valley of depression and I felt stifled. I struggled to accept the diagnosis as It just wasn’t me. I sat back, stunned and embarrassed. I looked back in curiosity thinking how did this happen? Turns out I wasn’t living in an environment that was supportive of my fun, bubbly nature. This sparked a drive in me to teach parents and employers the importance of accepting people for who they are.
For better or worse: What are the pros and cons of running your own business?
The pros are easy. I’m doing what I love doing, how I think it should be done. I’m busy, but flexible. No one tells me what to do and the love for my work keeps me motivated.
Turning your ideas into a business takes a lot of time and determination. And covering all the bases successfully is tiring and sometimes frightening. Planning has to be precise as I travel all over the country to observe and help families, writing behaviour plans and reports and answering more calls for help in between. Then there is the bookwork, marketing and networking that need regular attention. It all must be monitored to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
Hopes and dreams: What next?
I’m very close to completing a book about the 4 different natures of children. Having just finished my latest round of research and receiving a deadline for the editor, I’m excited to see the final product on display.
I get great satisfaction hearing feedback from parents that my solutions have helped. This drives me to do more, say more and give as much value as possible to everyone I meet. I'm in the midst of planning The NZ Supernanny Road Show in 2019. I’ll be travelling to the main centres to teach and inspire others on how they too can have Harmony in the Home. Register here to find out when I am in a town near you!