I am the Founding Director of The Joyful Child Foundation, in memory of my daughter, Samantha Runnion, who was abducted and murdered in 2002.
I have decided that it is time to share my story and lessons learned about losing Samantha and protecting joy for myself and for children.
If you’re looking for joyful inspiration to keep going, growing, and discovering who you are and what you’re capable of, I hope you’ll enjoy the Let’s Talk Joy podcast. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or GooglePlay
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It is my greatest honor to be a MOTHER
to Samantha Runnion and her 3 amazing siblings
I am the Founder of The Joyful Child Foundation and we are dedicated to preventing crimes against children through programs that educate, empower, and unite families and communities. Click the logo below to learn more. #TheJoyfulChild
I developed the Be Brave – Be Safe Empowerment Programs including an elementary school curriculum and community-based Workshops.
The new BRAVE Initiative to protect and empower every child with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond effectively to inappropriate behaviors and potential safety risks will launch soon with multimedia lessons. #BeBraveBeSafe
It is my calling and my joy to speak, teach, train, and inspire children, teens, parents, educators, community leaders, and audiences of all backgrounds to be brave, be safe, and protect their joy.
Please send inquiries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have written my memoir, Be Brave: Losing Samantha – Protecting Joy, and I am working to have it published soon because I’m eager to finish my next book on BRAVE Parenting!
I am dedicated to creating a world where every child is a Joyful Child. #ProtectJoy
PAST EPISODES OF LET’S TALK JOY
Episode 17 – Joy is Dedication to Passion
Episode 16 – Joy is Dedication to Development
Episode 13 – Joy is Dedication to Children
Episode 12 – Joy is Acceptance of ALL OF IT!
In this episode, I share about my experience with personality tests as a tool for personal reflection and growth. Below are some quick links should you want to give it a try. These can be great conversation starters if you do them with your partner, children, family, co-workers, and friends. Be brave and have fun!
https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com – Strengths Finder 2.0 From Gallup, by Tom Rath
I especially liked the first two above and older children would likely enjoy them.
In this episode I mention a music video and the list of questions that it is based upon and the links to those are below if you want to check them out. If you want to watch the moving music video for Wildfire by Seafret click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHhkd2B87Q8
You will find the 36 questions that cultivate connection below: https://ideapod.com/questions-psychologist-says-will-make-fall-love-anyone/