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Published August 27th 2014
There are many libraries in suburban Sydney. Some are small which the local community use to borrow books and magazines, be involved in a book club or introduce children to stories. Then there are large libraries where the community gathers to participate in a number of activities such as knitting groups, English classes for beginners, discussion groups, seminars on health, as well as author talks.
One of these large libraries is Ryde Library, located near the liveliness of the cafes and restaurants of Top Ryde Shopping Centre.
Ryde Library is a modern, spacious, inviting library with comfortable chairs to sit and ponder a book and there are meeting rooms where discussions are held or authors are invited to discuss their latest offering. Recently Dr. Tim Hawkes, Headmaster of King's School, North Parramatta, visited Ryde Library to discuss his recent book "Ten Conversations You Must Have With Your Son". Apart from 'plugging' his book, Dr. Hawkes talked about the possibilities of boys becoming considerate and caring men. He said that boys need to understand their identity and their place in the world and the value of having healthy relationships.
He said for parents to have conversations with their son about growing into thoughtful men and how to survive grief and disappointment in life. Dr. Hawkes suggested the car is a great place for a conversation (but firstly, ask the young person to take the ear-pods out). "The kitchen bench is another place for conversation", he said. Why? Because there's food, food attracts like honey to a bee.
Tim Hawkes touched on the subject which makes most parents shudder - computer use. He said that teenage boys need 8 - 9 hours of sleep. He said research has shown that peak time for computer use is 12:30 am and then boys may go to sleep around 2:00 am. Many of the adults present at this fascinating talk gave out a long exasperated breath.
Dr. Hawkes said he wrote this book "because if you could just write one letter to your son (he also mentioned daughters too), what would you say in that letter?" He wants to empower parents with lots of practical ideas and enrich the family relationship.
Tim Hawkes is an engaging and humourous raconteur. In opening up about these conversations to have with sons or grandsons or nephews, Dr. Hawkes also assisted in opening up conversations between the adults present. It was an informative evening.