Event lets right hand talk to left

By Anna Ferrick

Jenny Hale from the Parenting Place in Auckland travelled to Hawke's Bay yesterday for the Girls Pathways and Strategies Symposium, held at Woodford House. Ms Hale is a senior family coach and has been with the Parenting Place for 14 years. Anna Ferrick caught up with her to see how her passion for parenting will play a part in the first ever Girls Symposium.

1 Why did you want to be part of this event?

I want to be anywhere where people are talking about kids. Anything that helps people understand and enjoy their kids is good. The focus on girls is excellent because we probably focus on boys a bit more.

2 What messages do you hope parents and teachers will take home from the event?

Number one is that people can enjoy their teenagers, and two is that there really are practical and positive ways to help parents navigate this interesting time.

3 What experience do you bring to the event?

I was a teacher and I've done 14 years at the Parenting Place. I've also raised two teenagers, who are now 30 and 33. I've spent 14 years developing resources and courses for parents and I'm passionate about parenting.

4 Do you think girls are well equipped to deal with life in the 21st century?

I think they're reasonably well equipped but there are some gaps. It's wonderful to have this event as it's like the left hand, the teachers, and the right hand, the parents, talking to each other.

5 Have you done anything like this before?

This event is fairly unique but I do get to speak on this topic regularly in Auckland. I also have a regular slot on Good Morning but this is a little outside my normal work day.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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