The daily challenge of looking after you kids, getting them to school, making sure they don’t only eat junk food, and putting them to bed before you fall asleep, doesn’t leave much time to think about how your choices as a parent are affecting society. But it is dangerous not to, argues practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist and parenting guru, Sue Gerhardt. Looking outwards from our self-contained domestic worlds also sheds light on how the ‘broken society’ might be affecting our children.
You won’t be preached to or chastised here, but persuaded to re-evaluate your family and community dynamics. When a baby’s behaviour is observed, it is clear that human beings are naturally communicative and want to be connected to others. But if we don't change the way we bring up children, beginning from the moment they come into the world, Britain will remain disintegrated, disengaged and depressed.
An informative session on how the daily rushes and challenges might be affecting our children, in what Sue Gerhardt terms the 'broken society'.
A chance to think about the way children are brought up and to consider the impact families and communities have on a child's behaviour.
Sue Gerhardt is a practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She co-founded the Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP) which provides psychotherapy to around 50 families each week. She is the author of Why Love Matters (2004) and Selfish Society: How We All Forgot to Love Each Other and Made Money Instead (2010), and also has two children.
Maximum number of people: 25. First come, first serve basis.
Light refreshments will be served
Venue: The School of Life, 70 Marchmont Street London WC1N 1AB
This course will be run by The School of Life, whose goal is to challenge, provoke and inspire you to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and to provide a space for you to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.They don’t have all the answers, but they will direct you towards a variety of useful ideas – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish and console.