Finding Calm in the Chaos

As an Early Childhood Educator and an Associate Certified Trainer for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for 16+ years and 15 years prior to that working in various forms of Child Development, I come to you with more than 30 years experience. As a Child and Youth Counsellor in our local hospital for 16 years, I have worked with many children and their families helping them to work together and with their schools and other partners to have a more positive educational and home experience. I offer parent coaching and guest speaking.I am available in person and online. The day to day life of raising children and working can be overwhelming and sometimes we forget the value in positive parenting. My goal is to provide concrete solutions and ideas that will make your family life the way you want it to be. I have worked in schools with teachers and have attended meetings to support parents and children when things feel out of control. Please reach out and let's work together to find solutions and strategies to help you, your children and your entire family work through some of the struggles and to enhance the good that is there. I look forward to meeting you.

Get your copy of the book!

Leslie's new book "Finding Calm in the Chaos" is now available for purchase. It costs $10 (plus flat rate shipping in North America) and will be delivered to your door. Click the button below to find out more and order your copy!

Workshop Options

Parent Coaching: $75 per hour session of consultation and guidance (Option 1)

Full Workshop Pricing: $1250.00 + expenses (Options 2, 3 and 4)

For more information on workshop options and timing, see below.

Option 1

Individual or group Parent Coaching available in person and online. Please use the Book Workshop button to email for details, or if you're ready to book directly and pay online, use the button below.

Option 2

Once per week for 4 consecutive weeks. Workshop length is 1.5 hours per session

Option 3

Offered over a 2 day period. Workshop length is 3 hours per day

Option 4

Full day workshop from 9am-4pm, with a 1 hour lunch break

Guest Speaking


Leslie is available for guest speaking sessions at a rate of $400 per 1.5 hours. Use the button below to get in touch and book your speaking session!

Talk Titles

1. "Mental Health and Well Being"

2. "Finding Calm in the Chaos: Why is it so hard!"

3. "You’re doing great, even if it doesn’t feel that way."


We can work together to establish a title and topics that suit your needs.


I started therapy last summer to learn how to coparent more efficiently in difficult seperated home situation and manage some child behaviours steming from the dual households. Leslie was always warm and engaging helping me torealize I was making the right choices and decisions for my children while coping through a difficult time.I have previously seen 2 other counselors and made more strides in one session than I had in dozens of others.


Leslie helped me regain my confidence as a mother during a very challenging time in my parenthood journey. She was compassionate, knowledgeable, understanding and gave amazing direction. She was easy to speak with, and gives great guidance and assists in setting goals that are attainable.


I enjoyed every line. I did not come from a big family, but I have dreamt of having Brothers and sisters. Now that I have 2 kids of my own, I seem to have to look hard to find my "Calm", your book reminded me that I am not alone, and that I am worth it. Thank you so much. 


I was given a copy of your book over the holidays. It was a quick read, which was very appealing, but the message resonated with me. I loved it. Staying calm is a constant challenge, but makes so much sense. Thank you again, I hope to meet you some day. 

Janice from Fort McMurray, Alberta

Hello Leslie. I finished your book this morning. Got a chance to sit down for a clump of time - very nice book! I think all the changes are very good. I certainly remember many of the stories throughout your life. It was nice to go through them again. It certainly makes me appreciate the concept of finding my calm, something that I think we have to do in all stages of our lives. Cheers!

Joanne Hipwell, Reader

Leslie Ford has been a guest speaker in my Child and Youth Care classroom on a number of occasions. She is passionate about her work as a CYC and her commitment shines through when she speaks with our learners. She leaves learners with a desire to work in a similar way! Students feel comfortable and safe to ask questions, and to learn from all that Leslie has to offer. It is always a privilege to have Leslie as a guest in my class!

Nicole Powell

I wanted to let you know that the  parents/guardians who attended your evening Speak are still raving about it! Thanks for keeping it real with your personal experiences/examples and being responsive to questions asked. You always bring a willingness to be vulnerable to the audiences you speak to. Hopefully we can partner again in the near future.


After my husband died, our lives went from chaos to even more chaos and I wasn’t sure how we could ever find a sense of normalcy again. Soon afterwards we met Leslie, and over the next 3 years she was my calm as we struggled and eventually found a new normal.

Terra, Workshop Attendee

Thank you Leslie for this course. I really appreciate how you related a lot of situations, circumstances and behaviour management that we could directly apply at home. It was helpful and enjoyable. You are very interesting and knowledgeable.

Parent / Workshop Attendee

Leslie’s down to earth demeanour allows her to easily engage families in no-nonsense conversations about the trials and tribulations associated with parenting. 

Carla, Elementary School Principal
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