Joanne Holbrook is a mother of two children and spouse to a United States Army Officer, who has lived and raised her family in South Africa, England, Germany, Australia, and across the United States. Born in South Africa and living half her life under the controlling Apartheid Government, she began to yearn for a better understanding of cultures outside her world. This experience, combined with the world travels that come with a military lifestyle, allowed Joanne to observe culture and parenting from multiple international perspectives and with a broader world view. She is an author, professional keynote speaker, parenting advocate, and entrepreneur, who through her friendships, book, and speaking events, shares parenting stories to help build positive, values-based families around the world.
Welcome - I am so happy you stopped by.
If you are looking for a positive place where you get to decide what feels right for you in your parenting, I am happy to tell you, you are in the right place.
Our children are only with us under our roof for a limited time, and although as we go in day by day, it can feel like it will never end, it will eventually end. So you being here is wonderful as you will be able to gather the tools that feel good, sustainable, and exciting to you.
After the last two years, parents have been pushed back and forth in directions they have not wanted to go. They have been challenged in ways that have left them feeling like they have been pulled in every direction. Parents are suffering from burnout and exhaustion of not knowing what is coming next in their and their children's lives.
Even if you are thriving as a parent and feeling like you got this, there are always thoughts of:
"What if I have not thought of something."
"What if there is something I have not considered."
"What if there is a question I have not yet asked myself."
"What if there is an easier way."
I know we all want a sense of ease in our homes. We want to walk in the door and feel like it is the calmest, safest place for everyone.
*Without feeling run down and feeling like everything you are teaching and sharing is draining away and not going into a specific place.
*Without hope, your friends and family will give you the advice you need.
*Without waiting to see what will happen next.
*Without letting time tick by and each day run into the next one.
As a performing arts teacher for over 20 years and two children of my own, I have spent a lot of time with youngsters.
After marrying a U.S. Army Officer, we moved country every 22-24 months. I have raised my children on four continents, five countries, and five U.S. states over the past 15 years.
Having no support system, no family or friends nearby, I had to rely on the current community I found myself in during that time. What I found was new ways of doing things. I started interviewing, asking, researching how others around the world raise their families.
In my book "Your Passport To Parenting - wisdom from around the world to help build happy families," I share stories from 11 countries.
What I found was there is more than one way to be a good parent, and in the end, this is your experience too and how you choose to have this adventure is also important. No two families are the same, but what feels authentic to you is all that matters. -
Have a look around and book in to a complimentary chat with me to see what would be a good fit for you and your family.