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Andre Kraak, principal, Steenberg High

I wish I’d had Tug of Life long ago. It would have changed my life!’

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Thandiwe McCloy, Uncut LoveLife

If there’s one book you’d be smart to hold on to your whole life through, it’s this one!

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Eugene Nkabinde, DRUM magazine

If you don’t have the answer, you’ll find it in this book

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Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM Archbishop of Durban

Tug of Life is an invaluable and life-changing methodology – all our young people and families should use it!”

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Angelique Serrao – Education journalist: The Star newspaper

Life talk for Parents is a groundbreaking, comprehensive look at what teenagers are really getting up to. This is the first book I have read that has a real handle on teen culture.

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Andrew Cook, Principal, Mitchell House.

I am still glowing from all the good things that parents and heads have said to me about the impact you made

TUG-OF-LIFE

The Tug of Life

The Tug of Life

Tug of Life is a thought-process and a vocabulary that everyone, irrespective of age, can apply to every situation in their life. I wish I’d had this tool long ago. It would have changed my life!’  -Andre Kraak, principal, Steenberg High

‘An easy and fun way of mapping out the challenges we face in life.  A return to values approach which is so desperately needed in our fast paced lives.’   -Angelique Serrao, Journalist, The Star

Tug of Life offers young people an instrument for making life-changing decisions – and leads to key behaviour-change. It is a very simple, graphic way of showing a young person how to make the right choices. It is for everyone from the age of about ten (youth and adults alike). A powerful and guiding tool.’  -Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM

‘Exciting new vocabulary. Straight to the point, tells it like it is. A great handbook for life for everyone’.  -Dudley Forde (leader in education)

 

 

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LIFE TALK FOR A DAUGHTER

Lifetalk for a daughter

Lifetalk for a daughter

‘If there’s one book you’d be smart to hold on to your whole life through, it’s this one! It offers a mix of great guidelines that’ll help you along the sometimes rocky road of growing up, making your life easier, happier and more fantastic to live.’  – Thandiwe McCloy, Uncut LoveLife

‘If you don’t have the answer, you’ll find it in this book. It’s all here: life skills, sex, relationships, feelings and love, as well as practical stuff and facing challenges such as drugs.’  – Eugene Nkabinde, DRUM magazine

‘I love it! Every chapter has something for me. It’s so interesting and just what I need.’ -Sue, 16.

‘A unique and helpful book and a must-have for all teenage girls.’  – Kate Verster (17), YOU Magazine

‘The book should be in every home where there are adolescents.’  -Peter Munns, Chairman, The Ark of Compassion.

‘Life Talk for a Daughter is an amazing contribution to wellness in its broadest sense. The emotional wisdom contained in this book is a must for every young (and not so young) person. A powerful contribution to humanity.’   -Dr Rajen Cooppan, Back 2 Health Wellness Centres

‘The book isn’t just cool, it’s super cool! The contents are for all ‘children’ from age nine to ninety-nine – it is a wonderful communications tool for families, especially on touchy subjects.’  – Jayne Southern, A New Chapter literary club

Tool of knowledge will conquer AIDS ( letter published in The Star)

‘…The advice and guidelines contained in the Life Talk books, when applied, have a potent impact on the actions and thought-process of adolescents and young adults. Written in a non-judgmental tone, by a South African author, the books provide advice and much food for thought on a broad range of topics, and they succeed in getting the reader to stop and think about his/her actions, the consequences, and the best way forward.  The content is powerful and life-changing. If everyone were to read one of the books and if they applied the messages, particularly those that deal with sexuality, relationships, love, and life’s challenges, it is our belief that a significant shift in sexual and moral behaviour would take place and fewer cases of HIV would result. Is it thus not worth to make this valuable tool available to all high-school pupils and all tertiary students?’

Cheryl-Lynne van Egmond – The Ark of Compassion

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LIFE TALK FOR A SON

Lifetalk for a son

Lifetalk for a son

‘What a wonderful find this book is. It’s a must-have for every parent and makes a great gift for parent and teenager.’ -Lucia Fidalgo – British Airways UpFront magazine

‘Your book really helps, it’s the first place I look when I need help or advice and it’s changed my life for the better in many ways. Thank you!’  L.C.

‘You can’t go wrong with this invaluable toolkit of frank, practical, common-sense lessons for life. It’s a clear-thinking, easy-to-read book that is good for parents and kids alike, and the chapter headings will give you some idea of the wide variety of life topics covered … If you’ve a pretty open relationship with your son, you could both read the book and discuss some of the issues together; if you haven’t, just leave it beside his bed – he won’t be able to resist picking it up. ‘  -Kate Turkington – www.joburg.co.za book review

‘This is a most important book about how boys can deal with issues that come up in their lives. Communication is the key point in Life Talk for a Son. Izabella deals with 60 issues including girls, sex and what and how to deal with them. Drugs and alcohol are tackled in a sensible, understanding way. Sport, bullying, the generation gap, pregnancy and last but not least your communication with God are tackled with the same down to earth values. I found this a very easy to read book full of excellent advice and would recommend it to all mothers and fathers and their sons. It will enable them to find answers and live a better life.’  -Dee Andrew – The Write Co.

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LIFE TALK FOR PARENTS

Lifetalk for parents

Lifetalk for parents

‘Essential reading. A relevant, comprehensive book that deals with issues faced by parents of teenagers in a thought-provoking and helpful way, with up-to-date experts’ input. I cannot think of any topic faced by parents that Izabella has left untouched.’

-Guy Pearson, then Rector: Michaelhouse

‘I highly recommend the book. It serves to inform, to provoke thinking and to suggest solutions. There are many suggestions and ideas for actions and approaches to particular situations, which if implemented, have the real potential to change difficult situations and objectionable behaviour involving one’s teenage child. I think this is essential reading for any parent about to embark on adolescence with their teenage child. Even if your child is already through adolescence you will still gain many insights for future parenting challenges. ’

– Stephen Lowry – then Rector: St Stithians College

‘A most informative and vital book. The topics are current and the information is relevant and up-to-date. I would love all parents to read the book.’

– Lisa Benning – Head: Kingsmead College

‘This book gives parents a straightforward, easily accessible ‘ready reference’ book which deals with a broad range of issues facing adolescents. Izabella has a knack for raising and dealing with issues in a way that would, I believe, result in positive outcomes for those who strive to implement the suggestions.’

– Malcolm Williams – headmaster: St David’s Marist Inanda High School

‘It is a ‘must read’. I would love to have a copy of Life Talk for Parents on my coffee table – better still, make it prescribed reading for parents! I would love to have had something like this when I raised my own sons. It’s not prescriptive, but it does not avoid uncomfortable issues and conclusions. Izabella has tackled some of the most alarming issues our youth face, as well as some that are upbeat. I have no doubt there is hunger for information in this field.’

Andrew Cook – principal Mitchell House

‘The book is a must-read, informative and thought provoking, and may assist in changing lives. Topics are relevant and comprehensive. Experts’ input is both interesting and helpful.’

– Mike Fennell – headmaster: King Edward VII School

‘It is a groundbreaking, comprehensive look at what teenagers are really getting up to. This is the first book I have read that has a real handle on teen culture. Many parents will be shocked to find out what their children are really doing and I am glad that so many teen issues are being brought out into the open.’

– Angelique Serrao – Education journalist: The Star newspaper

‘This book is a ‘must read’. It is a ‘multi-purpose tool’ for parents’ and teens’ issues, and it is a must-have for families, schools and churches throughout the world. As both Minister and parent, I find it extremely useful. There is no doubt that this book will have a positive impact on the life and behaviour of both teens and parents. What excellent research went into the critical analysis of each topic! The book is a hands-on resource that will always be there when you need it most. Most parents need a reality check – and the facts that this book fortunately exposes will help parents to keep up-to-date with the latest developments (and will help people to see themselves in its mirror).’

– Reverend Eric Sifiso Jali – KwaMashu Baptist Church

‘This book touches on the daily challenges parents face in an easily accessible way. As a trained family therapist, I was in appreciation of the holistic advice offered to parents: solid, value-based, while respecting the importance of including teens in discussion and setting rules for themselves. I see this book being very comforting for parents …’

Dr Eve – family therapist

Talks & Programmes Testimonials

“Thank you for the talk you gave to our pupils yesterday. You dealt with the issues in a way that did not involve lecturing to the pupils, but rather aimed to inform and educate them on the implications for their growth and especially brain development of their choices. You dealt with all the main challengers that they face.  I liked the Tug-of-Life Game plan, and I hope that the pupils will see the value of identifying the characters in their life’s contests.  Hopefully all these interventions will help to build a community of Galvanizers that will help the pupils to defeat the Challengers in their life.  Thank you.”
– John GellingPrincipalHigh SchoolDe La Salle Holy Cross College
“Any parent with children of school-going age would do well to spend an hour or so in the company of Izabella Little-Gates. She shared with expertise, passion and sensitivity of heart on the subject of the dangers faced by 21st Century adolescents. Her presentation held nothing back from parents who sat spellbound as she unwrapped the many layers of risks, threats and real life dramas that all too often, if ignored, serve to take young people hostage while leaving parents feeling frustrated, heartbroken, and helpless. A sobering reality check! Thanks again.”
– Richard Stanley, Headmaster, Highbury Preparatory School
“I need to salute you for helping our parents and students, in inviting Izabella all the way from KZN to address them last night.  We sat in the very back row and trust me, judging from the comments that I could lip read/hear, the shock tactics definitely worked for our students! I think that Izabella achieved what she set out to do – create an awareness of all the issues that she addressed – that are an absolute reality. This is certainly a very different era of teenagehood that a lot of us didn’t grow up with – issues that didn’t exist, which makes it a learning curve for parents.”
– D, parent
“We got an unprecedented turnout and everyone thought it was an evening to be remembered.  The parents had a lot of questions, and it was apparent through the rapt attention, that adults and teens alike thought the evening was worthwhile and informative.  I want to say that Sue was an angel to work with – competent, efficient and highly organised.  What a pleasure! She went out of her way to make the evening the enormous success it was.”
– Carroll Coosner (Psychologist) & Ilona Hermna (Deputy Principal, Vista Nova School)
“A friend of mine went to a talk given by you at her daughter’s school. She was completely blown away by what you shared with the parents and the amazing coping tools and advice you gave them. She has been on a mission to get all parents to tap in to the wonderful ways to raise our children in a wholesome way and to give them the mechanisms to grow up normally in a world that has changed so much since we were children.  On her advice I visited your web page and I too was amazed at what you are doing – and enormously grateful for the huge effort you are making to make a difference in other people’s lives.”
– C. Emberton
“Sue Linstrom has always been professional and impressive in her delivery and interactions. Her course material is topical, interesting, relevant, engaging and spans a range of age groups. She communicates well with pupils, as well as adults. Both our pupils and parents have benefited from her presentations. We look forward to booking Sue again in the future and recommend her without hesitation.”
– Graham Keats, Head: Senior Preparatory/ College, Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard
“It was such a pleasure to host you and I am still glowing from all the good things that parents and heads have said to me about the impact you made.  As I said to you, giving a good talk is one thing, but being recognised as a speaker with integrity is quite another.”
– Andrew Cook, Principal, Mitchell House
“Found the talk presented at Vista Nova Primary School very interesting …  Bought a copy of “Life Talk for a Son”, gave it to the 14 yr old, he got into it right away and found it “a great book!” … I read snatches of it and would recommend it to every adult who is trying to understand adolescents.”
– Jocylyn
“The children responded well to the content.  The presentations were well paced, well prepared and pitched at exactly the right level.”
– Mary Hyam, Deputy Principal, De La Salle Holy Cross College Primary School
“Life Talk has provided detailed reports on the workshops our learners have had with them, which we have used to great advantage to alert us to potential problem areas and ways in which to address these.  Constructive and practical advice is given on how to deal with issues facing these young people and a healthy forum for debate is created in this fashion.”
– Hein Weber, Principal, Khanyisa Education Centre
“Sally and Izabella are compelling speakers because one senses their passion about the issues and a desire to make a difference to all young people and families. They come across as speakers who have integrity and who have faced the problems themselves. As a result their responses are full of compassionate understanding for the difficulties that are faced in raising children but are prepared to do something positive about them anyway. They are in the trenches with us and not viewing the battle from a comfy academic distance.”
– A. Cook, Headmaster, Mitchell House

“God Bless You and your organization for empowering our people, especially our children – in the hope of a better life. What you are doing is showing the country that life is not only about oneself but about everybody and everything around one – it is that which we all call HUMANITY! I really do salute you!”
– M Beharilal

Hi Sue, I attended the training you gave on Tuesday at the ACVV.  I really enjoyed it and I wanted to commend you on your presentation skills.  You managed to make boring subjects interesting again!  I am definitely going to be implementing the programme soon and I will keep you informed about the progress.
– A. C. Social worker

Hi Sally, Thank you so much for this valuable advice. It’s a privilege to be able to ask such important and sensitive questions & to be able to receive quick sound advice.  I am going to purchase your book for future reference as I can see future discussions with regards to boundaries & cheekiness that seems to be creeping in now & again.
– Andrew

”Thank you so much for your talk this morning. The children really enjoyed it as it tied in with so many of the things we had been discussing at school during class – self-respect, self-esteem, etc.Tomorrow I have the Grade 10 class for Life Orientation and I shall follow up some of your ideas and topics during the lesson.”
– Lindy Messaris, L.O., Cedarwood

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