Raising boys?

A series of online workshops for parents of teenage boys aims to challenge traditional ideas of masculinity.

A series of online workshops for parents of teenage boys aims to challenge traditional ideas of masculinity and create a space for people to explore life beyond the stereotypes.

The six sessions will cover topics such as understanding the impact gender stereotypes have, how they can affect mental health, the importance of positive role modelling and how to communicate more effectively and strengthen the relationship with your young person.

Delivered by facilitators, Tomorrow Man, in conjunction with Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health, the program is aimed at parents and carers of teenage boys in the Macedon Ranges.

While reflecting on what has shaped their own personal beliefs about gender and stereotypes, participants will learn some key tools, mindsets, and strategies to support boys on their journey to adulthood.

“As a dad of two boys, I have seen the positive outcomes that result from questioning the supposed rules that boys often think they have to follow,” said Ryder Jack, principal facilitator of the workshops.

“At Tomorrow Man we are inspired every day by hearing people open up for the first time. We want to create more spaces where people can really talk and learn from one another.”

The team at Tomorrow Man present their programs throughout Australia working in schools, organisations, sporting clubs and community group and have delivered over two thousand workshops in the last four years.

“These workshops gave me a broader and healthier understanding of masculinity,” said John, a previous participant.

“I loved how it enabled people to think about their own behaviours and who they strive to be, and it showed us it’s okay to speak out and ask for help if you’re struggling.“

The series of six workshops starts on Tuesday March 8 at 6.30pm and will be held weekly online (with a two-week break over the Easter school holidays).

To register go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/raisingboysinMR or contact Kathryn Chai at Kathryn.chai@scchc.org.au if you have any questions.