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Unlocking brain secrets for Upper Clutha parents

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 10 Oct, 2019 | By Mark Sinclair Trustee for Kahu Youth

It's not easy being a parent, a grandparent or whānau. Nothing really fully prepares you for the responsibilities, challenges and joys of having little people in your lives, who soon grow into youth, and then adults.  Parents and family are constantly having to learn how best to support and mentor their kids.

At Kahu Youth Trust, we've been developing strategies to help parents navigate this exciting journey with even more confidence, so that the youth of Upper Clutha have the best possible support.  We don't profess to have all the answers, but we've got some powerful tools lined up which you might find relevant to your own situation. 

Next week, we launch our first new initiative — an expert speaker series.  This will involve a range of experts who we are inviting to Wānaka to deliver presentations and workshops to help the parents of Upper Clutha.

The first speaker is well-known neuroscience educator, parenting expert and TV personality Nathan Wallis.  The first talk he'll be delivering for Kahu Youth Trust in Wānaka next week is all about the structure of your brain and how it impacts on everything you say and do.  With over 250 presentations each year under his belt, Nathan has developed a reputation as a lively and engaging speaker who uses humour and plain language to make complex topics come to life. 

Nathan says that to understand how this structure develops means re-examining your early life and the first 1,000 days.  He strongly believes that the first 1,000 days of your life will shape what kind of person you will turn into, and he has a whole lot of science to back this up.  It is his view that this will ultimately impact all of your child's life-long outcomes. 

Nanthan's work reflects the latest neuroscience discoveries and their practical implications for everyday use.  Nathan has a professional background in child counselling, teaching and social service management. He is also a father of three and a foster parent.

Nathan's reputation precedes him, so we expect strong demand.  Kahu Youth Trust invites you to join us on Wednesday October 16, 7.30pm at the Lake Wānaka Centre.  Bookings essential. Tickets are $35 per person, available online at Eventfinda.

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