In Today’s Kickass Boomers we are joined by Kathryne Savage Imabayashi. Kathy is an educator, parent, and coach, residing in Fukuoka, Japan. During a rich career in education spanning four decades, she has been dedicated to empowering children, parents and teachers to be their best and do their best. Having experienced a variety of countries and cultures, both as a teacher and a school leader, her perspective of the critical role parents play in the life of a child has deeply impacted her mission.
Since retiring, she has been able to pursue her passion full time. In less than two years she have created a business (sonhoodcoaching.com), published two on-line courses (The Blueprint:How to Intentionally Parent Your Son & The 7 SuperPowers Parents of Boys Need ), published a book and co-authoring another, and have used social media to share my knowledge of boys (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube).
[00:26 – 09:26] Kathy’s Successful Reverse-Her-Vows Journey
- Kathy is a Canadian nomad who has lived in Japan for 19 years
- She started working with children at the age of 15 and has 45 years of experience working with children
- She decided to retire in Japan after reading James Clavell’s book Shogun and feeling a deep calling to move there
- During her one year in Japan before moving back to Canada, everything went wrong – her applications for university were lost, her tubes were tied, and her husband wanted her to see a doctor about reversing her vasectomy
[09:26 – 18:35] Easygoing woman finds her dream job
- Kathy was easy going that way and checked in for her reversal surgery two days early, as she wanted to catch her flight home to get married.
- The result of the surgery was that she had to wait two months because of medication due to intestinal problems that time and another two months after reversal before trying to conceive.
- When she first tried to conceive, her son came into the world quickly and easily.
- Less than a 1% chance of the reversal happening led her to believe that everything is meant to be.
- Her decision making process has been guided by my experiences, which have included being an elementary teacher in Japan and an administrator in for-profit schools
[18:35 – 27:42] Resilience Prevails in Difficult Times
- It was the worst experience of her life, but from it she learned a lot about herself and about how to overcome challenges
- She took a job in Tokyo, which was for profit, and it was not a good fit
- She then retired from Hiroshima and moved to Japan to live closer to the ocean
- She is grateful for all the negative experiences in her life because they have taught her lessons that she can use in her current situation
[27:42 – 35:00] This grandma is sharing her wisdom on how to be a great parent after your parents die
Kathy published a book of advice for her son, to be read when he is on his own, about what to do when their parents die.
She felt that it was her responsibility as a parent to share this information with others.
Kathy has been busy creating content for social media and online courses to spread the word about her work.
• The author feels that if she can keep putting out the light of her message, it will eventually fall on someone who needs it.
[35:00 – 48:39] Closing Segment
- Connect with Kathy!
- Links below
- Final words
Visit Kathy’s Website http://sonhoodcoaching.com/ or email her through
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“You really have to trust your instincts and that you have to reach out and learn more. e you have to understand what’s out there the more you educate yourself, the more aware you become.” – Kathryne Imabayashi
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