Emma Gleadhill

Parent Talks and Workshops

Emma Gleadhill

Increasingly, schools are seeking to engage with parents as partners in different ways other than the traditional parents evening and report.

Through dialogue with the school, I seek to provide stimulating and well-informed talks that share knowledge and insight into child development, enriched by my experience as a teacher and school leader, having supported generations of young people and their parents through adolescence.

I am keen to maximise impact for the school, so will tailor my talks to reflect trends or issues in a year group which have been identified by the school.

My talks for parents are straight-talking, thought-provoking, but down-to-earth and humorous. Above all, I am respectful of the feet of clay we all share in the wonderfully creative, sometimes fraught, task of parenting our children.

In hosting a speaker event, it is always worth considering the marketing of the event carefully to secure maximum impact and value for money. I am happy to discuss approaches that have worked well.

1. Adolescents and parenting
Brains under construction: managing the transition to independence

Suitable for parents of children in Year 7 and above (up to and still of relevance to parents of Year 10 and 11 pupils). Can be adapted to parents of children in Years 4, 5 and 6 –Preparing for Adolescence – what your child’s secondary school teachers would like you to know…

Bringing together recent developments of our understanding of brain development in adolescence, the hormonal and biological changes. Offering practical strategies and advice in setting boundaries, and creating ways in which parents can stay connected with their growing child.

2. Supporting your child in their growing relationships – real and online (Age 9-13)

Reflecting on the various ways in which children’s relationships with peers change in the build up to the transition to secondary school and after it. Considering ways in which parents can be observant, and tread the fine line between being supportive and available whilst also allowing the independence which will help assist the development of autonomy.

3. Resilience
What it is, why it is important, and how parents can support resilient growth and development

Can be adapted to be suitable for an audience of primary school parents or secondary school parents.

How to work on your relationship with your child, develop their autonomy, stay connected, support the development of thinking skills when it comes to relationships and complex challenges of the teenaged years.

Observing yourself as a parent – your default settings when it comes to emotionally fraught situations. The ways in which parents can unconsciously hamper the development of resiliency.

4. Talking about sex and sexuality with your growing child.

Understanding the common attitudes to sex and sexuality as children develop into adolescence (9-15), considering responses to influences and interests in sexual matters as children grow into puberty and beyond to adolescence. The influence of pornography, online explicit material, sexting and impulsive teenagers. The role of parents as advisers and relational role models. The importance of openness to discussion, ideas and approaches to difficult conversations. This talk can be adjusted for parents of younger pupils of primary school age to help parents plan the series of conversations that should unfold as their children grow.

5. Mentoring Skills for Parents
Guiding adolescents to be increasingly autonomous and responsible for themselves, their work and their relationships. Constructive relationships with school – as your parenting style grows with your growing child

Transition – Parents of Years 6, or Key Stage 3 parents.

When and how to navigate the tricky transition to independence as your child moves out of primary school and through secondary school. When to step in, how to approach schools and teachers about difficulties in order to get the best results. Working together with educational professionals without compromising the need for your child to develop responsibility and autonomy.

6. Mid to Late Adolescence
Transitions, separations, dealing with conflict and ambivalent feelings as your child prepares to leave the nest

Sixth form parents

Recognising signs of vulnerability in your relationship with your sixth former – staying in touch with your older teen and developing awareness of what is at stake as older teenagers prepare to leave home and develop intimacy in their peer relationships. Observing and supporting your child as they start to make significant choices about their immediate and long term futures.

7. Sleep matters!
Your sleep, childrens' sleep - recognising the good, the bad and the ugly

  • Mental health, resilience and the importance of sleep - for parents and their children
  • Difficulties with sleep
  • The impact of poor sleep
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Resetting boundaries and taking steps to achieve better sleep patterns