Melbourne, Victoria Australia (PressExposure) September 21, 2007 -- Almost half of children aged 10-14 in Australia do not feel confident about themselves and according to recent Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) research, a staggering 8% of children donât feel well-connected to, nor supported by, their parents.
âBy the ages of 10 to 14 you would think children would want to starting moving toward independenceâ¦.what they actually want to do is spend more time with their parents and want their parents to want to spend more time with themâ says Joe Tucci, ACF Head.
A mother and daughter team in Melbourne may have come up with a solution. girlsSpace is a series of fun and educational workshops for girls (10-14) and their mothers to share together on Saturday afternoons.
âOur mission is to positively influence the lives of Australian teenage girls through the all-important parent/child relationship by providing a time and space for girls and their mothers to enjoy each otherâs company and the company of other mothers and daughters doing fun activities,â says Jenne Rutherford, founder of girlsSpace.
A typical two and a half hour workshop consists of an hour of activities including Drama Divas (drama), Gourmet Girls (cooking) and Crafty Chicks (art and craft). A personal growth activity such as life goals-setting and discussion around body image and self-esteem. The workshops include leadership opportunities for girls and closes with a short guided meditation session for relaxation and reflection on the experiences of girlsSpace.
The response from Mums attending the workshops has been very encouraging. âWe knew we were onto something when mothers and daughters are equally satisfied with their experience of girlsSpaceâ, says Jenne.
âgirlsSpace was stand-out fantastic. The time spent together with my daughter and the activities were excellent, thank youâ, said Annie who brought her daughter along in response to a school flyer.
Thea, who is twelve commented, âRelaxing, drawing, talking, everything! I loved everything about itâ.
âThe next workshop will be held at Box Hill South Neighbourhood House, Kitchener St, Box Hill on Saturday 18 August from 2.30 â 5 pm.â Then on 1 September at Kerrimuir Neighbourhood House, Linda Ave, Box Hill North with a maximum of 20 participants.
âWe are also actively seeking âMentorsâ to take on facilitating workshops. Women who have a commitment to supporting teenage girls to navigate the choppy seas of adolescence and supporting their mothers in the process. This will enable girlsSpace to be made available right across Melbourne and give opportunities for mothers and daughters to connect in a closer way and young girls to reach their potential to lead happy and fulfilling lives.â says Jenne.
For Workshop or Mentor enquiries please call Jenne Rutherford on 0438682 597 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org END