Parenting talks 2017-08-29T06:57:19+00:00

PARENTING TALKS

Aimed at the parenting market, these talks cater for new and expectant parents as well as those wanting a little guidance on a particular area of childcare.

Meg can be booked to speak at events of all sizes, from small stork parties to large-scale seminars. Talks can be tailored to cater for specific groups.

Talk Topics:

Many newborns cry up to 3 hours a day. Colic and excessive crying are very stressful for a new parent. Learn about the causes of excessive crying as well as simple strategies to prevent colic and ways to manage your crying baby.”

This talk is useful for childcare professionals and parents alike. It looks at the most current understanding of colic. By looking at a baby’s states and how sensory input affects the baby and how over stimulation leads to colic, a parent will be able to cope with colic and normal infant fussing. Practical application includes:

  • Know what normal crying is
  • How to know when a baby is becoming over stimulated
  • How to avoid the colic cycle
  • How to calm the crying baby
Settle your baby to sleep and establish healthy sleep habits in a step-by-step approach that promises improved sleep over night. This talk will cover establishing a day sleep routine for babies as well as creating toddler sleep boundaries. By eliminating the basic causes of sleep issues, from nutrition, to health and emotional factors your baby can and will sleep better.”

This talk covers the basics in establishing good sleep habits from the outset with babies. It covers the sleep cycles and how sleep develops and looks at both day and night sleep patterns. It deals with the young infant right through to the older baby (when sleep problems often arise). Practical application includes:

  • What parents can expect from their babies at different ages
  • How to set the scene for good sleep habits
  • Approaching sleep from a sensory perspective
  • The importance of day sleeps and a guideline as to when they should sleep
  • Solutions for sleep problems
Past the age of three months fussy babies may be exhibiting signs of a regulatory disorder. Many of these mothers feel like bad parents and suffer from depression. This talk will be specific to those parents battling with high needs infants past the three-month mark. The practical information for parents will cover:

  • What are the problems mothers experience with fussy babies
  • Strategies to cope with fussy babies
  • When is it a regulatory disorder and who can help
Reflective function is one of the most vital skills of mothering and is linked to effective parenting beyond infancy, decreased conduct disorders, decreased ADHD and improved behaviour passed infancy. This talk looks at the six states infants experience and how the baby communicates which state he is in to the mom. In addition, the way a mom engages through language and signals with her baby is critical in attachment and security. By the end of this talk, based on the most current information in infant mental health, the mom will know:

  • How to read her baby’s signals
  • The importance of reading and reflecting a baby’s emotions
  • How to use language and narrative to build security
  • How to engage with her baby, resulting in a secure attachment
Feeding can be one of the most challenging areas of parenting. Even with an easy baby who feeds well, breastfeeding challenges or simply knowing when to introduce what foods can present a challenge. For some babies feeding becomes a battleground and these problems may be caused by a multitude of factors. In this talk, Meg Faure looks at the nutritional, emotional, social and sensory aspects of feeding and guides parents with all manner of feeding queries into sense-able feeding for their little ones.
This talk looks at the four sensory personalities: the settled baby, the social butterfly, the slow to warm up baby and the sensitive baby. An understanding of your baby’s sensory personality will assist with sleep, development and emotional development.
This talk looks at the senses of touch and movement specifically, and how vital they are to development. Ideas of activities are given to enhance these areas through the course of the first year.
In the 21st century the pressure on parents to nurture brilliant children is enormous. Parents easily fall into the trap of over stimulating and over scheduling children. This talk looks at the hazards of over stimulation and gives practical tips on how best to stimulate and appropriately schedule our kids according to their age.
All parents have a common goal for their child: To develop a strong and well-adjusted human being who has the strength of character to develop to their optimal potential.

The problem is that it really doesn’t come with a manual and there are many variables that affect our parenting style… So, how do we go about parenting in the best way to develop strength of character?

  • Your toddler’s role in life
  • Supported independence
  • The development of self-regulation
  • How to support the development of autonomy
  • Practical situations for ‘Positive boundaries’ that allow for autonomy and the development of character
Stimulating the infant’s nervous system through engaging sensory input through all the senses is essential for development. Sensory stimulation and emotional engagement are the foundation for neural growth, providing the platform for all development, emotional intelligence and ultimately long-term success.

  • Looking at outcomes
  • How the senses contribute to development
  • How do we nurture our children?
  • Spending slow time together and engaging the senses
The baby’s senses begin to develop before a mom even knows she is pregnant. By the third trimester not only are the sensory systems functioning but also the baby starts to learn from her world. Because your baby is familiar with the sensory comforts of the womb world, moms can use this information to make the transition from womb to world a smooth one for the baby and parents.

Practical take home tips include:

  • Sights, smells and sounds of the labour room ease the baby’s transition at birth
  • Design a nursery conducive to a calm baby
  • Enhancing ‘mother space’ to nurture a contented baby
  • Tools that mimic the sensory womb

The importance of routine
The way the brain works is to create order out of chaos and in doing so predict what comes next. This is the foundation of learning but also a key factor in emotional development.
In this talk Meg highlites the reasons why Babies and Toddlers need routine and explores parenting styles – Firm structure and rigid compliance vs Permissive parents.

Key points discussed:

  • Finding a Sensible middle ground
  • Tailor-made routines
  • Routines in action