Your child’s teenage years are just as tough for junior as they are for you as a parent. Junior is coming to grips with his developing individuality, coping with his studies — with two major exams (PSLE and O-levels) — and coming to terms with physical and emotional changes, thanks to puberty.

Some may even start developing crushes on schoolmates. And while they used to share every little detail about their lives in the past, your attempts to get them to talk to you these days draw a one-word or no answer at all.

You want to bring up a resilient, independent, happy and healthy kid but you’re struggling to even keep a simple conversation going. Don’t throw in the towel just yet!

Dr Michele Borba, an award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books, will headline the Singapore Parenting Congress 2017. The world-renowned child psychologist and parenting expert will dispense wisdom acquired during her 30-year career while raising three sons. Expect useful tips from her that should help you the minefield that is your child’s teen years. Her seminars, taking place over two days on 18 and 19 Nov 2017, will cover topics such as…

What does it take to raise a successful and happy child?

Useful strategies that will help bring out the best in your kid and find pleasure in life. Plus, she’ll also share easy-to-use strategies to solve the top eight most common problems all parents face!

Session Details: Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 10am - 1pm (Registration starts at 9:15am)

Nurturing a resilient and independent kid in a digital world

Is your child weighed down by life’s pressures and challenges? Dr Borba will show you tools you can use to build up their ability to take hard knocks. She’ll also teach you how you can help them bounce back from mistakes and failures.

Session Details: Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 2:30pm - 5:30pm (Registration starts at 1:45pm)

Offering your child the emotional support he needs

Is your child’s eyes permanently glued to his phone? Worried that he may be snapping inappropriate pictures and sharing way too much information online? This selfie-fuelled world your child is growing in calls for a new set of parenting rules. So, get helpful advice on communicating with your kiddo and getting them to talk about their feelings.

Plus, learn the reasons why raising empathetic kids will help them succeed in this “all-about-me” world. Then, stay on as Dr Borba spells out what life is like in school ― which she likens to social jungle filled with many different cliques and peer pressures. You’ll learn ways to boost your child’s social skills as well as how to protect themselves from bullies.

Session Details: Sun, 19 Nov 2017, 10am - 1pm (Registration starts at 9:15am)

Make this a family event! Sign up with your kid for parent-child workshops where you’ll get first-hand experience in:

Coding a mobile application from scratch

Junior and you will learn how to create and code your own interactive mobile application with App Inventor, an app-creation tool developed by Google and MIT. You’ll even get to bring home the app you both worked together, on your phone or tablet. Suitable for kids aged 7 and above.

Session Details: 18 Nov 2017, 2:30pm - 4:30pm (Registration starts at 1:45pm)

Becoming a “vlogger”

Learn the basics of becoming a YouTube vlogger together with your child with nothing more than your mobile phone through guided activities in this workshop. With hands-on fun that’s fit for the whole family, you’ll get to learn more about each other and make memories in the process!

Session Details: Sun, 19 Nov 2017, 3pm - 5pm (Registration starts at 2:15pm)


Singapore Parenting Congress 2017
Date: Saturday, 18 Nov - Sunday, 19 Nov 2017
Time: 10am - 5:30 pm
Venue: NTUC Centre, Level 7 Auditorium, 1 Marina Boulevard Singapore 018989
Price: $18 per person per seminar or workshop.
Buy tickets to 2 or 3 sessions and get a 10% discount.
Buy 4 or more tickets and you’ll get 15% off!

Specially for FFL readers! Get 20% discount off all tickets!

Key in promo code: FFL20 before checking out.

So get your tickets to Singapore Parenting Congress 2017 and tune in to your child today! 



This article was first published on SmartParents on 6 Oct 2017. Republished with permission.