Drawing on my MA (Psychology), MSc (Holistic Ecology) and 20 years experience, I aim to promote new ways of seeing old problems. If we expand how we think and perceive the world it is possible to transform old stuck patterns.
Authentic living embraces the interplay between the inner subjective world, others viewpoints and the outer more objective environment.
My parenting programmes are journeys that begin with self awareness before strategies or parent techniques are discussed. Participants are guided in developing a focused presence (an open mind, open heart and open will), a “big-picture” perspective and intention setting. Problem-solving and action plans are made after discussions, dialogues, sharing, guided introspection and listening skills are addressed.
Learning what to DO only comes from learning HOW to BE. During my programmes, participants discover the steps that enable personal transformation. The principles of “I am, I can, I have and I choose” are tools that build confidence and awareness of your capacity and abilities in doubtful times. Your intention and core values are brought to your challenges.
There is a powerful shift that happens when instead of focusing on the problem, we move our attention to our intention, positive values and self awareness: your perspective broadens and space unfolds for solutions and mindful response rather than impulsive reaction.See more
“Thank you so much for the wonderful parenting workshop in Jersey today. I have come away full of knowledge and inspired to look at my parenting from a slightly different perspective. I am so pleased to have attended.”
“I attended your Strong Mothers Strong Sons course at Michael House this week and would like to thank you. I feel empowered to put into practice the various strategies you showed us and feel that I understand my son so much better. I feel I can deal with the situations that will present themselves in the future with a lot more insight.”
“Megan is truly a remarkable person … smart, passionate, relatable, humorous. Her approach in helping guide our group of parents with teenage girls brought such insight and perspective. I left feeling more empowered and eager to share my daughter’s journey and maybe even learn more about myself along the way too.”
“I just want to thank you for delivering an amazing course. I am so glad I made the time to attend. I have learned so much and am already beginning to see the rewards of a different approach with my eldest son. Our entire family is benefitting.”
“I am still in awe of all I learnt last week! I have started implementing certain ways of thinking and have improved my mothering ability already!”
“Thank you for a wonderful and informative course. It was just what I needed to wake up to the fact that my son is a young man with his own identity, and has changed the way I respond to him. I look forward to the next few years with him and I feel more equipped and strengthened to navigate through these teenage years.”
“Thank you so much for this most valuable course. I feel I have gained enormously from your invaluable knowledge, support, techniques and approaches and must mention just how at ease you made us all feel. This is the second time I’ve attended the course. Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, you are such an inspiration to us moms of boys and a special thank you to you for everything.”
“I benefitted very much from this course. It highlighted that my son is perfectly normal, facing things that are a little frightening (alcohol and drugs) for us both, but that he needs to find his own way with a sense that he is trusted by his parents, that he has the freedom to start making his own decisions and that we will support them, despite any personal anxieties. It also entrenched the importance to him of knowing that he is loved and his need for the total security of being able to come back home and discuss what he would like to with the knowledge that it will be in the spirit of sharing, never condemnation.“
“A huge thank you for your inspiring and thought-provoking course. I am in my third year of studying Psychological Counselling and so valued your interactional approach, Megan, in bringing so much of what I have learnt into tangible practice. The lessons in communication were invaluable! It was especially refreshing to hear someone in your profession questioning teenage drinking. Thank you for the passion and genuineness you brought to the course. I feel privileged to have been able to participate and hope you go on to reach many more parents coping with these difficult years – at least I have some more equipment to deal with it all!”
How to Raise a Man came out of a workshop that grew into a course that has been to every major city in South Africa, and has travelled to Ghana, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, the US, the UK and Australia.
Part of its remarkable success is because the programme has been built around the hundreds of queries sent to me by parents and – importantly – on the insights I gain from the older teen boys I interview at every school I visit.
The main aim of this book is to help you discover that side of you that is an open-hearted adult, and to show you how to build a new relationship and a deeper connection with your teenage son.