Gen currently works at the Mater as an Obstetric Social worker, and she also specialises in parent education and mentoring parents with the passage into parenthood for the first time, or with the added demands of a growing family. In addition, Genevieve has her own four children so knows firsthand the challenges of raising kids today.
Take a look at what events/workshops Gen has coming up
Starting School Bootcamp
Do you have a child starting school in 2024?
Nat from Your Kid and School and Gen from Connected Parenting have joined forces to bring you the ultimate starting big school bootcamp.
We’ve divided the workshop into two parts. One to help you prepare in advance, and the next which gives you a chance to troubleshoot and ask questions about how your child is adjusting.
Workshop 1 - Instant Replay - Preparing yourself and your child for success.
Gen and Nat talked through their must have tips for navigating the school system. How to best prepare your child, how to manage nerves, and what to consider in the lead up to big school.
Get instant access to this workshop recording
Workshop 2 –school adjustment workshop.
Held four weeks into the school year will be your chance to workshop any questions you have about your child’s adjustment with us, and listen to our top tips for assisting kids with separation anxiety, social struggles and more.
28th of February 2024 7:30pm – 8:30 AEDT with 15 minutes allocated for questions.
Live Online Workshop with Replay provided
"Staring school is a big milestone and parents want to ensure they set their kids up for the most successful start"
Nat and Gen have collaborated to bring everything you need to support your child emotionally AND navigate the education system into one place so that you get everything you need for the best start possible.
Over two workshops we aim to have you feeling armed as parents with the changes ahead for your child and the tools you will beed to suuport them.
Nat will bring
✔ Over 20 years as a teacher and education consultant to schools and education departments
✔ Guidance on how parents can navigate the school system to support a positive school experience for your child
✔ Understanding of how you can advocate for your child
✔ Practical tips for effective communication with the school
Gen will bring
✔ Experience as a parent educator specialising in assisting kids emotionally through big emotions and even bigger transitions.
✔ Tools parents need to prepare their kids emotionally for a great start to school
✔ Emotion and social coaching tip to help your child manage emotions as they adjust, and make good friendships
✔ An understanding of 'deep feeling kids' who are sensitive to change and separation. Gen will give you a 4-step emotional preparation plan to smooth the way through your start to school and beyond.
"Hi Gen my husband and I absolutely loved your workshop last night. We both have been struggling so much with our 3 year old son. We basically tick all the boxes for him adjusting to new challenges in his life; baby sister, transition from cot to bed, huge emotions and outbursts. We both got so much out of your presentation and feel like we've got this, even if it's only the 30%. I'm so grateful to have the recording too so I can watch it again. It also made us feel seen and normal going through all this. Hearing other parents struggle and knowing this is a normal development for toddlers. It's hard not to compare your child to others when things get so tough, but last night we felt normal. We are definitely going to do your boundaries workshop and so excited for it. Thankyou for all the work you do, everything you share on social media and just your beautiful personality and raw-ness makes us feel like this is achievable."
Big Feelings and Tricky Behaviour Workshop Attendee
"Thank you so much. I absolutely loved this workshop. I have read many parenting books, followed many Instagram pages and listened to many podcasts. I recently went through my Instagram and unfollowed a heap of pages as I was feeling so disheartened and second guessing myself. A lot of the pages out there just made me feel so heavy after viewing the content. You have such a gift in your ability to be so clear yet compassionate in how you deliver your information and advice. I kept taking big sighs of relief and feel a lot lighter after watching this. I’ve purchased a ticket for the upcoming workshop. Thanks again!"
Big Feelings and Tricky Behaviour Workshop Attendee
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What They've Told Us
Thank you for all your kindness during my time at the mater. I remember crying after listening to you talk, because your words really were so touching and empathetic. Going through the hash lockdown of COVID and returning home to a toddler with a newborn, your really helped guide me at a time that I was feeling lost and weak. Thank you for all that you did and continue to do for all the mothers during such a difficult year. I remember staying back on the day of my discharge just to hear your class and I’m so glad I did. I use your techniques with my toddler when she’s having a bad day and she really does respond better. I’m happy for you to share this because it really is the truth :) Thank you again for helping me see the positives during such a negative time of lockdown x
Hi Gen, Just wanted to say how great your help with independent play was yesterday. Even with just one night of confidently setting boundaries we had this in the morning!”
Emmy played blocks while I breastfed the baby. Which is a huge breakthrough. I’ve been relying on tv quite a bit during feeding which has been leading to other issues so this is a great step!