Getting our children through adolescence is one of the hardest stages of being a parent. But raising teenage girls can be particularly taxing and emotional as they navigate the very fine line between being outspoken, ambitious and exploring their sexuality as they grow up and the hardened presumptions of femininity where girls are good, kind and nice.
Understanding the difference between normal adolescent behaviour (which parents often have a tendency to over-react to – and make worse) and abnormal behaviour which needs intervention and help (and parents have a tendency to under-react to – and make worse) is key to helping our teenage daughters grow up well. And judging by the rates of binge-drinking, smoking and eating disorders, they need the support of understanding parents now more than ever on how to look after themselves, achieve their dreams, form happier relationships and reject expectations of perfectionism.
This 1-day course will comprise four sessions:
10.00-11.15: Adolescence – what is it and how do you tell the difference between normal and abnormal development
15.00-16.00: Building self confidence and helping her out into the world
Kate Figes is the author of Because of Her Sex: the Myth of Equal Opportunity for Women; Life After Birth; The Terrible Teens and The Big Fat Bitch Book. She has also written two novels: What About Me: the Diaries and Emails of a Menopausal Mother and her Teenage Daughter; and a sequel, What About Me, Too? She writes articles regularly for the Guardian and the Times and is books editor at Youmagazine, the Sunday colour supplement for the Mail on Sunday.
We're very excited to be launching The Mumsnet Academy - a brand new enterprise which aims to curate a portfolio of fantastic courses to fit around family commitments and busy working lives.
A while back we asked you what courses you would like and the programme of masterclasses, workshops, and events we've come up with is a reflection of your responses.
To help us deliver the programme we have enlisted some fabulous experts in a range of fields as well as teaming up with some great partners who have a reputation for delivering high-quality, life-changing courses.
This collaborative approach allows us to offer a programme across a range of different subjects including entrepreneurship, business, technology, social media, blogging, history of art, creative writing, publishing, gardening, philosophy, finance, fashion as well as courses concerned with self-improvement and the concept of learning to live wisely and well. Some of these courses will be skill-based, while others will explore concepts, theory and ideas.
If we've missed something you think is a must, fear not, we will be adding classes to our portfolio all the time so please drop us a line or complete the suggestion box on our website.
One of the things that we felt was important was to ensure our Academy courses are available across the UK and we are pleased to announce that we will be running events in Birmingham, Edinburgh, London and Manchester from day one. We are also keen to develop some online courses and hope to announce the first of these later this year.
While our courses are scheduled at times which are more convenient for those with young children, they are absolutely open to everyone. Ultimately, the overall aim of the Mumsnet Academy is to bring people together in a thought-provoking and fulfilling environment where there is a universal willingness to explore ideas, develop skills, and learn from experts as well from each other.