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#2. TIM HAWKEN

Updated: May 29

Tim is the Author of the Hellbound Trilogy and If Kisses Cured Cancer. He’s a Writer, surfer, facial hair grower and makes it his job to question society's assumptions one story at a time.

In this episode we discuss being a parent when your spouse has brain cancer, the importance of routine and tips for dealing with a class full of 8 year olds.


The questions Tim uses for de-escalating stress:

Is this going to matter in 5 years time (most of the time it’s not going to matter in 5 days times)?

Is this a small, medium or big problem?


3 questions he asks his boys each dinner:

What was your favourite part of the day?

What did you do that was kind or helpful?

What did you do that you were proud of?


Tips and tactics of dealing with a class full of 8 year olds.

Just being fair, setting ground rules. Letting them know what expectations are in place and talking to them to let them know why those expectations are in place. Making sure that they feel its fair and you’re all in this together.

The importance of routine.

The power of following through with what you say you’re going to do. And then talking to them after and saying ‘do you know why that happened ?’ Do you think that that’s fair. They are all learning and need to know that everyone is playing by the same rules.

As soon as you let somebody off because they are a good kid. Or as soon as you give a troublesome kid extra praise.

You can’t say one thing to the older kid and not apply it to the younger kid.


To find out more about Tim visit: www.timhawken.com

To read his Medium articles on his wife, Tara's, brain cancer ordeal click here and here.

Read some of his other Medium posts here and reach him on Twitter @tim_hawken


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