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Empowering girls in our brave new world
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Many people like to wax lyrical about the 'good old days', especially the way children were like 'back then'. 'Back then', it seemed as though all children did was climb trees, make mud pies, and spend all day outdoors having what sounds like all kinds of Famous Five-type adventures, returning home only in time for dinner. Of course, we all know that even 'back then', childhood wasn't always so golden and rosy. But many people through their rose-tinted glasses like to judge today's children with the childhoods they had experienced in the 'good old days.'

Being a child in today's world, however, is not easy. We are still in the midst of the global pandemic that Coronavirus has unleashed, and in spite of Australia's affluence, we seem to be busier and more stressed than ever, depression and anxiety are soaring, there is increasing social isolation in our families and communities, and we (and not just our kids!) are all constantly glued to our digital devices. According to Australian author Maggie Hamilton in her latest book, 'When We Become Strangers', in a few short years, our kids "have become isolated, spending worrying amounts of time on devices and at home. Too often they lack one-on-one attention and touch, creative and spontaneous real-life play, and they have little or no connection with nature." *

Where then does this leave our girls? Like boys, girls face many concerns, issues and challenges in our world that are unique and specific to them. Experienced Sydney school teacher Maria Walker knows this all too well. Maria has taught for over 20 years and is also the mother of two girls (now aged 14 and 10). "Based on my experience as a primary school teacher and mothering two young girls, I have seen a gap in the market for young girls knowing their identity and ensuring self-confidence," Maria says. "Girls are dealing with growing up in a very different society than we did."

Because of this, Maria has created Growing Girls workshops, which help girls to become empowered and to bravely face the challenges of living in our brave new world.
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A little bit about Maria
The youngest of four children in a strict Italian household, Maria is a qualified primary school teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. She has also completed training in "Girl Power" workshops, as well as Level 1 yoga instruction for both children and adults.

"I am passionate about helping children be able to reach their full potential and develop a strong sense of self-worth while adopting a positive mindset,"Maria says.

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Maria, right, with one of her daughters


About Growing Girls Workshops
Growing Girls workshops currently caters for girls aged 7-12. In the future, Maria would like to see it expand for younger girls and also for teens. The workshops are delivered through a range of activities including arts and craft, role-playing and much more. Workshop topics vary from finding out about yourself and your strengths, practicing mindfulness and gratitude, dealing with friendship issues and resilience and fostering a growth mindset. Currently, the workshops are held every few weeks and run for 2 hours.




Upcoming Workshops
There are two upcoming Growing Girls Workshops. On February 27, the workshop focuses on Gratitude and Mindfulness. It will help girls understand about how we can be grateful for the things we have and also practice mindfulness. There will be time for a short mediation during the session.

The second workshop will be held on March 20 and will focus on Identity and Strengths. It will help girls identify what their strengths are and what makes them unique.

Both workshops run for two hours between 2pm-4pm and are held at the Allan G Ezzy Community Centre-Room 1, 1 Newport Street, Pemulwuy, New South Wales.

The fee for each workshop is $40 (with a $1.50 booking fee). You can register for one or both of these workshops here.

"Girls face many challenges today such as diagnoses like ADHD, Anxiety and depression which are very common at a young age," Maria tells me. "And like it or not, bullying still regularly prevails on the school grounds. I feel strongly that Growing Girls Workshops can provide a healthier mindset to counteract such challenges."


Girls who participated in the first workshop shared their glowing reviews of Growing Girls. "I wasn't scared to go to school anymore," Niamh wrote. For Serena, "I loved learning about our self today." And Ivy echoed what the majority of girls enjoyed about the workshops: "I made new friends!"

If you have a young girl or girls in your life, then Growing Girls workshops may just be what they need in 2021.

To find out more about Maria and Growing Girls Workshops, please visit their webpage here.



*From Maggie Hamilton, 'When We Become Strangers', published by Murdoch Books 2021. Page 5.
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When: The next two workshops are on February 27, 2021 and March 20, 2021
Where: Allan G Ezzy Community Centre-Room 1, 1 Newport Street, Pemulwuy New South Wales 2145
Cost: $40 (plus $1.50 booking fee)
Your Comment
Wonderfully written Belladonna and a great initiative. Anything that gets children away from those I pads and phones will turn them into better adults.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|2545) 110 days ago
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