Have a Question? Need Parenting Advice? Ask Michael Hawton

A one-day ‘intensive’ parenting workshop at The King’s School, Parramatta on October 22, 2016.

 Device-obsessed digital zombies, selfie-taking Queen-Bees, monosyllabic fridge-raiding nocturnal creatures – adolescence can be a time of change and confusion for young people and their parents!

How do parents build trust, foster safe independence and maintain open communication with young people in a hyper-connected, media-saturated world?

Psychologists Michael Hawton and Jocelyn Brewer are teaming up to present a practical workshop for modern Australian parents on overcoming parenting challenges and engaging with their adolescent offspring.

Michael – author of Talk Less, Listen More will share his formula for building communication skills and clear boundaries, while creator of Digital Nutrition, Jocelyn will empower parents and carers with real-world tips on managing technology use, and understanding the impacts of social media and videogames.

This workshop will be held at The King’s School, Parramatta on Saturday, 22 October, 2016 from 9am to 4pm.

Designed for parents/carers of teens and tweens (kids over 10 years) – this workshop provides the practical elements and skills for having tricky conversations with young people. Building these skills early is important for strong relationships, “So, even if you’re a parent of an upper primary child, this course will relevant” Hawton says.

Parents will walk away with a renewed sense of confidence about the role they can play in their teenagers’ lives, without conversations morphing into arguments.

Parents will see video examples of both poorly conducted parent-to-teenager conversations and effective conversations using a semi-rehearsed script. This course tackles the best strategies to make a positive difference in teenagers’ lives.

Lunch & refreshments and a course workbook are provided on the day. “The King’s venue only has limited space so it’s best to enrol early,” Hawton says. The King’s School is located at 87-129 Pennant Hills Rd, North Parramatta.

For further information and to register go to:  www.parentshop.com.au/kings

For media interviews and images contact: Michael Hawton on 0422 214 430 or email  michael@parentshop.com.au

The Presenters

Micmichael_headshot_lg-copy-150x150hael Hawton is a Byron Bay-based registered psychologist, trained teacher, author, international speaker, media commentator and father of two. Michael is one of Australia’s foremost experts in managing children’s difficult behaviour. He has 29 years’ experience working with children and families including in his private practice, working with The United Nations in Seychelles, and he has also prepared more than 1,000 child welfare reports for The Family Court of Australia. Michael’s training programs have been delivered to over 10,500 parenting and education professionals and to 110,000 parents across Australia, NZ, China, the UK and the United States of America since 2006. He has developed Engaging Adolescents™ for parents and Tough Conversations™ for school leaders. He is the author of parenting book, Talk Less Listen More, which has also been produced as an e-course and his book Engaging Adolescents will be published by Exisle in early 2017.


Jocelyn BrewJocelynBrewer_ProfileImage_207x246pxler is a Sydney-based registered psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology. She has over 13 years of experience in public education as both a high school social sciences teacher and school counsellor/psychologist.  In 2013, Jocelyn created Digital Nutrition to help guide best-practice, balanced tech use and healthy relationships with digital devices. Jocelyn is completing a Masters of Applied Science at Sydney University (where she also has a teaching role) looking into the role of self-control and mindfulness in the prevention of Problematic Internet Use.  She regularly comments in the media on a range of issues and present to various groups about the impacts of technology and digital wellbeing.








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