Dannielle Miller, one of Australia’s foremost educators, authors and media commentators on teenagers enlightened a sold out audience of approximately 100 parents, teenage girls and educators at a recent seminar held in Narellan Library.
The seminar exposed the pain of the teengirl world: the body image crises, low self-esteem and constant bombardment with toxic and hypersexual media and marketing portrayals of women.
Dannielle revealed some shocking statistics of stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted and angry girls binge drinking, self harming and often extreme dieting.
Drawing on years of experience as an educator and student welfare advocate, Dannielle supplied the enthralled audience with tools to begin to turn this drastic behaviour around. She did this with great humour and compassion and had an amazing ability to connect with everyone in the room – students, parents and educators alike.
Dannielle says “Girls cannot be what they cannot see.” She encourages all mums to set the example and be OK with who you are. Mums should talk to their daughters – often – and face to face in a safe place. They should help their daughters by staying informed, bombard them with positive messages and offer them emotionally engaging alternatives.
It was powerful advice and left a huge impact on the audience. Feedback following the seminar was very heartening. Mums wanted to get home and hug their daughters.
This free seminar would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Camden Council, MWLP Partnership Brokers and MacarthurParents.com.au
Details: Sue Scobie MWLP – Linking Youth. Phone 4625 1863, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mwlp.com.au