8 October 2018
Dr Sigman, is a health education specialist, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood and has also worked on teenage health education campaigns with the Department of Health. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Scientist awarded by the Science Council.
Dr Sigman gave a thought provoking presentation based on the premise that aims, valuebased parenting leads to better-adjusted, more competent children, at all developmental periods including preschool, school age and adolescence. The talk explained how and why this is the case and included the importance of values and boundaries in child development. He stressed that parenting includes not only parents, but also the other figures of authority in a child’s life, including teachers and he was vocal in the belief that parents should stand shoulder to shoulder and in partnership with their child’s school. Parents commented that the talk was very beneficial with lots of practical advice.