"When did you last give your child a ‘thoroughly good listening to’?” James Mackenzie Wright challenged the more than 30-strong crowd of parents that showed up bright and early at Alice Smith School’s Primary Campus on 15th June to hear his presentation on parent coaching.
That intriguing question was the opening gambit that segued into a riveting 90-minute workshop where he invited parents to dance that fine line between praise and challenge, and guided parents towards becoming more emotionally intelligent around young individuals with the goal of their development into cheerful and confident adulthood.
James introduced thought provoking concepts like “Never ask your child why”, and “Never say don’t”, and instead provided easy, applicable insights in the way we listen, ask questions and give feedback as a means of respectful communication, which he expounds is key to effective and sustainable communication between adult and child.
With amusing anecdotes and sincere empathy, James kept the audience thoroughly riveted and generously fielded questions after the workshop concluded. Parents eagerly rushed to snap up James’ book, “Kid Pro Quo – Essential Parent-Coaching Skills for Growing Confident, Cheerful Children” that was available for sale. It didn’t even take 15 minutes for the books to be sold out, but disappointed parents take heart – James’ book is available for online order on Amazon.com and eBay.
Principal, Mrs Kate Fuller beautifully captured the community’s appreciation, “Thank you James, for your time, efforts and energy throughout!” For more photos of the workshop, click here.
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