Raising a balanced child in a society always pushing for excess and extremes
“Sometimes achieving balance can feel like you’re on a see saw – working from one extreme towards that perfect level where everything feels centred, without falling into the polar opposite extreme. At other times, it can feel like you’re battling on a balance beam – determined to stay your course and stay true to your family values, but feel yourself swayed by the pressure of peers and outside influences.”
This talk explores the issues around supporting your child as they negotiate a world asking them to buy more and “be” more. It does so by addressing the following questions:
•How do I teach my child that “enough is enough.”
•How do I help my child negotiate the “stuff” that they have when they feel it does not measure up to their peers?
•How do I measure the pressure I put on my child to be their best self, academically and socially?
My focus is a simple one – to help you to strategise creative, practical ways of supporting your child. You are most welcome to share your stories as we work collaboratively to increase our understanding of ourselves and our children.
Tanya Vollenhoven-Brown is a qualified clinical psychologist and child therapist. She is passionate about presenting the world of children to adults in a manner that allows them to find their personal solutions to problems they encounter at home or in the classroom. She uses a narrative and solutions focused approach to provide practical support to parents and teachers. Her talks encourage participation and focuses on practical, creative outcomes to complicated and sometimes difficult situations.