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Life is complex for today’s boys. In this parent and son session, parents gain a much more intimate sense of what makes teen boys so defensive. Discover why hair, shoes and brand-name clothing matters. Why anger is the only acceptable emotion. The unique pressure on boys when parents separate. Why teen boys drawn to ‘out there’ behaviour and how crippling shame can be. Why boys enjoy video games. What motivates so many boys to lead secret lives. What the concerns are around drinking. How vulnerable boys are in this hyper-sexualised climate.
As the evening progresses boys will gain a powerful window into their parent’s lives, learning to distinguish between a child’s view of the world and that of an adult – what it means for boys to see things from other perspectives, and how empowering this can be.
What is this new generation of girls struggling with? Why many girls so frighteningly fragile? Who are their ‘go-to’ influencers? Who is shaping their self-image? Why is it, with a world of choices, many feel pessimistic about the years ahead? How can we help girls build an empowered sense of self, encourage their individuality, their […]
Life is tricky for tween and teen girls right now. In this parent and daughter session, parents gain a much more intimate sense of the landscape this new generation inhabits, and why many of the signposts we offer no longer apply. Parents will discover why girls are so fixated on peer approval, why they often […]
Today’s tweens and teens have never been more affluent, more vulnerable to advertising, to the attitudes and values of those around them, more able to access a world of information beyond home. Where, then, do parents fit in? How can you effectively parent this new generation? Discover practical ways to deal with the many issues […]
Almost every aspect of our children’s lives are now under the microscope, with their anxieties and aspirations shaped by sophisticated technologies and marketing, by peers, by their insatiable appetite for spending, their ever-growing need to fit in. What are the latest trends in global advertising? What messages do they convey? What role does neuroscience, and […]
Boys have it tough right now, as there’s a whole range of issues we failed to get on top of for them, before the 21st century challenges hit. Alongside the pressures around porn, body issues, unhelpful sexual behavior, and dangerous drinking and driving, boys continue to struggle with the emotional side of life. This is […]
Session description: Today’s media, and marketing, constantly sidelines parents, teachers and other gatekeepers. Fuelled by the might and expertise of powerful corporations, it has a massive influence over what girls look like, worry about, and aspire to, undermining a girl’s belief in herself, her talents and much more. Long before little girls learn to read […]
In this interactive presentation Maggie will share key findings from her extensive research into the lives of boys, that became the subject of her books What Men Don’t Talk About, and now What’s Happening to Our Boys? where Maggie interviewed many boys, teachers, school counsellors, psychologists, law enforcement and medical personnel to get an insider’s […]
Designed for teen boys, this up-to-the-minute presentation takes a close look at boy culture and the ad industry, sensitively exploring a whole raft of issues from self-esteem and brand slavery, to drinking, driving and other risky behaviour. Alongside these issues, fun funky solutions are explored. In this session boys learn how to recognise when they’re […]
Designed for teen girls, this powerful presentation puts pop culture, marketing and the ad industry under the microscope, sensitively exploring a whole raft of issues from self-esteem, brand slavery, and peer pressure, to bullying and anxieties around looks and possessions. Alongside the issues, fun funky solutions are offered. In this session girls learn how to […]
‘Just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for raising the awareness level of parents and caregivers about what is going on in their children’s world.’ – Moira, mother of two teenage girls In a few short years our kids have become vulnerable – not just teenagers – young boys and girls. They’re now facing […]
In this interactive presentation Maggie will share key findings from her two year research into the lives of girls, which has culminated in her new book What’s Happening to Our Girls? Over two years Maggie interviewed dozens of girls, teachers, school counsellors, psychologists, law enforcement and medical personnel to get an insider’s view on what […]