Robin's Mentoring Matters Blog

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7 Mentoring life lessons from youth in the water

7 Mentoring life lessons from youth in the water

Recently, when I was walking on our local beach and thinking about mentoring youth, I observed a young boy, probably about two years old, walking with his mother. The tide was moving out. Some small pools of water remained from the high tide. With great excitement the...

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Six mentoring lessons from my grandchildren

Six mentoring lessons from my grandchildren

"Gramps [the name I have affectionately been given], please will you play with us?" "Not at the moment." "Why not?" "Because I am chatting to your mum and having a cup of tea." A few minutes later Abby, almost six, peeks into my mug of tea to check on the state of...

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The power of story-telling to change lives

The power of story-telling to change lives

"I nearly died, but I wanted to speak to you ..." Saturday evening a couple of weeks ago. My cellphone rings. A Whatsapp call. Jabu, calling from Los Angeles. I am in New Zealand! Jabu had been a student at the school in South Africa where I was principal in the early...

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How to create beautiful memories for youth

How to create beautiful memories for youth

Is there one specific positive moment from your youth that you will never forget? A special moment? A life-changing moment, perhaps? I have been caught up in writing this year. It is strange, as I have never regarded myself as being much of a writer, though clearly...

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10 tips to nurture resilient youth (new book)

10 tips to nurture resilient youth (new book)

Have you ever wanted some quick tips and ideas to encourage your work with teenagers - as a teacher, coach, parent, grandparent, or youth worker? During the past couple of weeks I have been going through the final proof of my new book: Mentoring Minutes: Weekly...

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