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Between Snapchat and Instagram, body image and boys, navigating the tricky waters of tween/teendom is tough – for girls and their parents. The Golden Days workshop by Chase the Sun is custom-made for creating confidence, self-love and wellness, and it’s on next week. We spoke to Director Amy Farrow to get the lowdown on this unique school holiday workshop.

As a youth worker in schools and the child protection system, Amy has a unique understanding of the issues and concerns teen girls face. After six years as a yoga instructor for kids and adults, she established the Boheme + Body yoga studio on the Gold Coast and created Chase the Sun, a school-based personal development program. Co-facilitator Danielle Salmon has a BA in counselling and has worked as a children’s counsellor for years in addition to facilitating teen-specific programs in schools and organisations.

15934693_10153953913221557_1701869772_nAmy, what inspired you to create Golden Days?
Dani and I could see the need for a positive personal development program outside of the school system for young girls. We saw an easy fusion our experiences and skills to create a unique event where girls can come together to have a positive and fun day while learning the tools to navigate through their pre-teen and teenage years happily with confidence.

What can participants expect from the workshop?
The girls will be lead through yoga, personal development activities (that feel like fun!), games, journaling and pamper sessions – set in a beautiful space with supportive mentors, lots of opportunity to ask questions, snack on healthy treats and relax.

What’s the biggest challenge you see for teen girls?
Social media hands down! Young people are having to learn how to use technology at a rapid rate responsibly when often their parents are still only learning the pros and cons themselves in this new world. The effects social media is having on our teens’ self-confidence, positive image and healthy relationships are alarming and we need to be teaching them the foundations of self-awareness and respect early!

What are you top three tips for parents to support their tween/teen daughters?

  1. Education is everything. Talk openly with your daughter about all issues, share your knowledge, encourage their input and learn together. When young people feel respected and safe to share they will be honest and respect boundaries from a place of understanding.
  1. Don’t say no, teach why! Banning Snapchat only drives their desire. Instead, explain about the ways in which to positively use social media and also about the risks. Set clear expectations from the start.
  1. Tell her you love her every day, all day. Tell her specific things you see and love about her, talk positively about yourself and other women around her, use affirmations together and encourage her to say positive things about herself every day.

What’s next for Chase the Sun?
After our two Golden Days events we will be focusing on our school-based programs throughout the year. We now have three programs for primary and high school students: Shine Bright – focuses on confidence and self-esteem, Mindful Me – calming and coping strategies and Chasing the Dream – resilience and transitioning.

We would love to be offering our programs nationwide and are always looking for more schools and facilitators. We are about to run our first teacher training, working with 25 teachers from a Brisbane high school who are wanting to run our sessions daily.

 

15910276_10153953472331557_1884784324_nKeen for your tween/teen to attend? Golden Days runs over two days, and spots are still available for next week’s workshops:

When: Wednesday 18 January (9-12 year olds)

& Thursday 19 January (13-15 year olds)

Where: Boheme + Body Wellness Shala, Shop 26 Christine Corner Shopping Centre, Varsity Lakes

15910085_10153953472286557_663474002_nCost: $45, includes all materials + morning tea and lunch

What to bring: Wear comfy yoga clothes and bring a water bottle

To book: hello@chasethesun.net.au or call 0422 937 434

Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.