"The understanding I gained about my child's development has been invaluable.
I've gained a deeper knowledge of the impact my own emotions have on how her brain develops,
and how my interactions will lead the way for her. As she nears her teens I will definitely
revisit this information to remind myself of the complexities of adolescence and how,
as a family, we can equip ourselves to be as supportive as possible during these changes."
(Attendee of 'Riding the Storm of Adolescence' session for parents)
Parenting well can be hard work, but the all-too-common (albeit well-meaning) advice "Don't Worry" just doesn't cut it.
With troubling statistics around mental ill-health and self-harm, ever-increasing educational expectations, and growing fears around cyber-bullying, screen addiction and isolation, it’s not surprising that many parents are over-familiar with pressure, self-doubt and worry. Many of us are concerned about learning, behaviour, friendships, and how our kids cope with all sorts of changes; from new siblings to school transition to leaving home. Plenty of us are kept awake at night simply by the challenges of being a ‘good-enough’ and guilt-free parent.
At Well Within Reach, we are increasingly approached; by parents directly and by the agencies that support them; about how we can share what we know with those
parents who just want to feel better informed and more confidently equipped to deal with their greatest concerns. With this in mind, we've designed the following sessions
(1-2 hours) for parents and parents-to-be; to answer the all-important questions, alleviate the anxieties and guilt that parents so often experience, and to
re-empower parents who increasingly feel denied of their rights to decide what’s best for their kids.
Our next sessions are coming up in February and March. Click here for details, and sign up to ensure you’re the first to be notified when we add new events.
If you have any questions or need more info, just contact us.
Nurturing Baby’s Brain from Day One
Bringing new life into the world is exciting, but the responsibility can
also be overwhelming, especially as research increasingly tells us just
how important these early encounters in life are.
We now know that baby’s very first experiences; even while still inside
the womb; can resonate-positively and negatively-throughout their
whole lives, and yet the routine ante and post-natal services for expectant and
new parents offer very little insight into this essential knowledge.
This session introduces you to the ‘baby brain’; explaining how it develops even
before baby arrives, and what you can do; then, and in the early months and years;
to optimise healthy development and a brain that is primed to learn, do and be well...
...not just in childhood, but for life.
Unleashing the Power of the ‘Learning-Ready’ Brain
As parents, we all want the best for our children, but many of us are justifiably worried that our
4-7 year olds are just not ready for the expectations of being a ‘good learner’, or yet possess the other competencies that will ease their transition into and through school; being well-behaved, managing their own friendships, and overflowing with confidence. Furthermore, many of us are concerned that the 'formal' learning environment will dilute their natural desire to explore;
“Does 'good learning' mean sacrificing my child’s
innate curiosity and playfulness?”
Thankfully the answer is no! This introductory session gives parents essential and easy-to-understand info about the extraordinary power of early brain development, explaining how we can all tap into our little kid's innate inquisitiveness and most primitive urges to enhance;
rather than compete with; their natural capacity for learning, joy and wonder.
Wellbeing from the Inside Out; Supporting the Fragile Child
With isolation and pressure from all sides relentlessly contributing to poor self-image,
self-harm and all-round fragile mental health, many parents are rightfully concerned
simply by what it means to be young in the 21st century.
Current statistics show that 10% of our kids warrant a mental health diagnosis, and that 75% of adult mental health service-users developed their condition before their 18th birthday.
In short, many of our children need help and they are heading for trouble without it.
This session explains the brain ‘behind’ many of these vulnerabilities; challenging behaviours, attitudes and beliefs etc.; and which often persist, even in the face of love and support.
By understanding how the brain is shaped and influenced by its environment,
with the right input (and often in spite of many compromises) there is a lot we can
-and MUST- do to support these fragile children; to learn well, live well and ‘be’ well.
Riding the Storm of Adolescence
Modern neuroscientific research is rapidly developing our understanding of
why the brain behaves so strangely between the ages of 11-25, and this session helps to make sense of many of the associated personal and social problems; disengagement; apathy; erratic, impulsive behaviour; and disastrous peer choices. At best, these are a worry but, for many parents, these challenges make life with their adolescent unbearable.
We will explain why-in spite of this very fragile window of time-the ‘Adolescent Brain’ is actually a power-house for learning as it literally reconfigures itself for life in the adult world.
You'll learn just what it is that's going on in their heads and; although this can be a reality check; there is also much to understand about how we can tap into the brain’s strengths during this time, rather than locking horns with it. Essentially, we'll show you how to more confidently support your adolescents (and yourself!) through the turbulent transition towards adulthood.