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Schools tell me they spend a large amount of time working with children who are lacking in self-esteem and self-confidence.
Fathers can change their children’s self-esteem.
The lack of fathers’ engagement around puberty for both girls and boys reduces their self-esteem.
When well-meaning parents don’t get their approach to puberty right it is disastrous for young people and schools end up dealing with with the fall out.
Sexting, porn, self-harm and risk-taking behaviour are all symptoms of low self-esteem and self-confidence which schools are working with day in and day out, when these are primarily parenting issues to deal with.
If we can engage fathers more in this area of parenting, we are going to significantly change young people’s self-esteem, altering false perceptions of themselves and the ways in which their bodies are changing.
More importantly we are going to help young people be better learners and, in the long term, more successful.
I am offering you a unique parenting seminar which will add to and enhance the wonderful work you already do.
Now, I know it’s hard to engage with fathers, but you would be surprised, now more than ever dads are seeking to play their part in this area of their children’s lives.
Also, by running this workshop you are saying that as a school you willing to buck the long-held and unhealthy practice of dads being silent on the issues of puberty.
True, it is not going to solve all the issue, and yes those parents you will really want to come, will not. What will happen though is the parents will see how seriously you take these issues and so will the children. You might not reach all the parents, but you will be taking part in changing culture.
Workshop title: Dads, let’s talk about puberty
Length: between 1- 1 1/2 hours
Cost: £150 + travel costs
Venue: at the school, an informal area works best…a fire pit is a great location
Resources Needed: If the school can provide drinks and food to enhance the workshop, brilliant.
Publicity: I will provide you with these materials.
An article about this seminar on the Huffington Post can be found here:
So why me? I’ve been supporting young people and families for over 20 years as a church minister, youth worker and school chaplain. If I could have my first ten years again, I would spend more time supporting parents to emotionally engage with their children in a way which enhances their education and most importantly emotional resilience.
When you book a speaker you want someone who helps your audience feel at ease, communicates in an accessible way and leaves their listeners excited and optimistic about embracing change. You want your event to be remembered for the right reasons.
This is what I provide – and I make people laugh on top of that.
I’ve been doing public speaking regularly since the age of 16. My style is fun, honest and interactive, willing to ask the unspoken questions whose answers can inspire genuine change for the audience.
The best way to have confidence in me is to book me for coffee or a skype call, I’m best experienced in person!
Do get in touch so that together we can tailor a seminar matching my skills and knowledge with your desired outcomes.