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 has 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-authored another, and has used social media to share her 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 26 years total.
- She has 45 years of experience working with children in a variety of countries and cultures.
- She decided to relocate to Japan after reading James Clavell’s book Shogun and feeling a deep calling to move there
- During her last year in Japan before wanting to move back to Canada, everything went wrong – her applications for university were lost, her tubes were tied.
[09:26 – 18:35] Easygoing woman finds her dream job
- Kathy chose to marry her partner and try to rewrite history and create the possibility of having a child
- Once Kathy was able to try to get pregnant, once that door was opened, her son came into their world very quickly.
- Once again she had evidence of everything falling into place just as it was meant to be.
- Her decision making process has been guided by her experiences, which have included being an early years/ elementary teacher in Canada, Japan, and Lebanon and an administrator in Thailand, Georgia, Qatar, and Japan.
[18:35 – 27:42] Resilience Prevails in Difficult Times
- The years in administrative positions were very challenging, but from it she learned a lot about herself and about how to overcome challenges.
- Her last position in Hiroshima was a return to working in schools that were not for profit . She later retired to Itoshima, Japan for retirement.
- 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 woman is sharing her wisdom on how to be a great parent even after you die
Kathy published a book of advice for her son, to be read when he is on his own, for those times when he wonders, ‘What would mom say? think? ‘
She felt that it was her responsibility as a parent to share this information with him.
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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