Co­me­dian speaks on parenting

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Co­me­dian Pio Terei is guest speaker for par­ents of Have­lock North school­child­ren.

The free event, at the Have­lock North Bap­tist Church on Septem­ber 4, is open to all and hosted by Have­lock North In­ter­me­di­ate, Te Mata School, Have­lock North In­ter­me­di­ate and Luc­know School.

The schools have banded to­gether to se­cure speak­ers with an in­ter­est and ex­per­tise in sup­port­ing par­ents.

“Parenting to­day has more than its share of chal­lenges,” Te Mata School deputy prin­ci­pal Heather Wilkie said.

“Nav­i­gat­ing the mine­field of friend­ships, use of me­dia, and the emo­tional change from child­hood to ado­les­cence are just a few of the chal­lenges all par­ents face.

“Add to that stress­ful jobs, a lack of fam­ily sup­port, lim­ited time and de­mands on our fi­nances can have the po­ten­tial to cause con­flict in the home,” she said.

“Of­ten school is a place where these chal­lenges in­ter­sect, with par­ents and teach­ers work­ing to­gether to man­age these.

“Some of these chal­lenges man­i­fest at school and rip­ple out into the community, or con­versely what is hap­pen­ing in the home has an ef­fect in the play­ground.”

Last week UK ed­u­ca­tional con­sul­tant Jenny Mosley spoke at the Have­lock North Community Cen­tre.

“She was very well re­ceived and par­ents left with many sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive strate­gies to build self-es­teem re­spect and re­silience.

“Our next guest speaker is co­me­dian, ac­tor, ra­dio show host, mu­si­cian and per­former, Pio Terei.”

Pio vol­un­teers his ser­vices to the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion The Parenting Place, which has a range of pro­grammes to sup­port fam­i­lies.

“Pio presents a fun, in­for­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tion that en­ables peo­ple to soak up in­for­ma­tion in a com­fort­able non-threat­en­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” Ms Wilkie said.

“Pio’s talk will par­tic­u­larly fo­cus on the chal­lenges par­ents face as our chil­dren move through to ado­les­cence.”

Pio will be talk­ing at the Have­lock North Bap­tist Church, Mid­dle Road Have­lock North on Tues­day Septem­ber 4 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able from par­tic­i­pat­ing schools and a gold coin do­na­tion would be ap­pre­ci­ated. All are wel­come, for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Heather Wilkie at Te Mata Pri­mary School.

Co­me­dian Pio Terei.

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