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Headmaster Seminar: Dr Judith Locke

Headmaster Dr Rob McEwan and Dr Judith Locke

Thank you to Dr Judith Locke from Confident and Capable, who was our guest speaker over two nights as part of our Headmaster Seminar Series.

Judith addressed our Staff, Junior, Middle and Senior School parents and carers about ‘Helping your child or teen become confident and capable in their schooling’. In her work as a clinical psychologist and researcher, Dr Judith Locke sees a disturbing link between high-effort parenting and poor outcomes for children. She believes parents make their children’s lives too easy by doing too much for them and giving too much to them. This type of parenting produces ‘the bonsai child’, an apparently perfect child raised in a protected environment and nurtured on attention to their every need. Dependent on constant care, the bonsai child can remain confined by their ideal conditions, incapable of coping in the real world.

The sessions were very well received and parents and carers took away some great strategies to assist their child’s development. A key takeaway of Judith’s was Parents: Step back so they step up!

Purchase Dr Judith Locke’s book ‘The Bonsai Child’.

To learn more about how Hutchins provides opportunities for boys to become their best, we invite you to contact our Enrolments Assistant on 03 6221 4236 who will be delighted to assist you with your enquiry, provide you with further details or arrange a tour so that you may see our school in action. Read more…