Raising Girls in a Modern World
Mad, bad, bitchy, bossy, princess bitch face syndrome - all common tags associated with girls, young women and alike. These labels have the ability to define generations and influence a culture that continues to see gender biases and inequities exist. Like the generations before, girls and young women face a range of issues that will define the type of women that step up to lead our communities. As parents, we have a role in developing how our girls see themselves and those around them. Strong girls help us create a strong world, but how do we do it?
Mel explores the "Why" behind the hard time parents might be having or can anticipate having as your daughters transition towards adulthood through puberty and the modern world as we know it. Understanding the importance of the theory of "Talk Soon, Talk Often" and how to become an "Askable Adult" make this topic well worth your time and investment.
Raising Boys in a Modern World
Australia is in the midst of a cultural revolution where the spotlight is on families and how to transform our cultural beliefs about domestic and family violence, alcohol and male attitudes towards family responsibilities and community. To think we can leave this until boys are in their teen years is false. It all starts much earlier than that. Boys are labelled as risk takers, aggressive and often immature. Boys have an uncanny ability to step into “30 second windows of stupidity”. How we respond as parents can help define the relationship and the adults they will become.
Mel explores the "Why" behind the hard time parents might be having or can anticipate having as your sons transition towards adulthood through puberty and the modern world as we know it. Understanding the importance of the theory of "Talk Soon, Talk Often" and how to become an "Askable Adult" make this topic well worth your time and investment.
Good Enough Parenting
There is a trend taking over our parenting worlds – the need for perfection. It is undermining parents understanding of their own families. Parents all over the world are ignoring their gut instinct and are instead worried about what others are thinking and saying. Parents are reading more books and blogs about parenting than their brains can handle. Mel used to be there too… and then life happened. It gave her the perspective that perfection is overrated and Good Enough Parenting is the only way to live.
Mel explores the unhelpful and unrealistic expectations influencing parents, and unpacks the intuition and wisdom that parents already have to help them achieve a positive family life together. In doing so Mel helps parents to understand that making mistakes is part of the journey it is how we learn from and repair those mistakes that make us great parents.
Cyber Safety for Generation Online
Growing up in modern Australia has its advantages – technology, information, opportunities and freedom. But with these opportunities comes challenges. We see most adults taking one of two paths when it comes to the cyber world – embracing it or burying their heads. There is a middle ground where you don’t need to know everything - you can still know very little, but play a large role in creating a safer cyber world for your child.
Mel will lead parents through their fears and why we need to empower and encourage children and young people to make informed decisions for themselves as they mature into adults. Most importantly Mel works through why unplugging children and young people doesn’t work and the strategies we all need to maintain our physical and emotional safety while living in an online world.
Avoiding the Birds and the Bees - Easier than You Think
How would you feel if Mel could tell you how to avoid having to have “The Talk” with your kids? You can and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Mel walks parents through an age-appropriate presentation that helps parents explore and understand what it is we are trying to achieve and most importantly why we want our kids to know about healthy relationships and sexuality issues. Regardless of the awkward memories of your own experiences in learning life’s lessons – you have the time, skill and ability to make a real difference in the life of your child.
Mel explores our values and attitudes, fears and concerns, what is healthy sexual development and most importantly takes the time to remind parents it is never too early or too late to unlock the information and become an what Mel terms an “Askable Adult”, where your child sees you as approachable and open.
Mel delivers this presentation in three formats: 0-8 years, 9-14 years and 15-18 years. Talk to her about tailoring it to your audience.