2021 Conference Paper

What Lasts A Life Time

What About The Children? 2021 Conference

24th March  9.45 to 12.15

'What Lasts a Lifetime?'


Steve Biddulph,

Naomi Stadlen,

Delegate Fee £10

A recording of the event will be available to delegates for up to 14 days after the live event


The pandemic has caused us to stop and reflect on the needs of children and their families. Adults and children have all faced unexpected challenges in the last year. Our early childhood memories are likely to be rather patchy, especially memories of our first three years. However, research confirms that the earliest years, from conception to three, impact on us and continue to do so throughout our lives. Our Conference Speakers, Steve Biddulph and Naomi Stadlen, explore how early experiences and the role of the family influence us. Naomi will talk about mothering at this critical time, whilst Steve will consider how research and therapy have converged to challenge us as human beings, and how our actions can support our children throughout their lifetime.

Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best known authors writing about parenting. A practising psychologist for 30 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach.

His books, including ‘The Secret of Happy Children’; ‘Raising Boys’; ‘The new Manhood’ and ‘10 Things Girls Need Most’, are in 4 million homes and are translated in 31 languages. They have influenced how we look at childhood and initially concentrated on the development of boys and men. Today though, the mental health of girls and young women is also a major focus. His latest book, ‘Fully Human’, will be published in May.


Naomi Stadlen is a mother of three, and grandmother of three. She has run Mothers Talking, a weekly discussion group for mothers, for thirty years. This has been online for the past eleven months and much appreciated. Naomi holds monthly meetings of breastfeeding mothers for La Leche League. She lives in London and works, as does her husband, as a psychotherapist. She has written three books published by Piatkus: ‘What Mothers Do - especially when it looks like nothing’ (2004); ‘How Mothers Love - and how relationships are born’ (2011), and ‘What Mothers Learn - without being taught’ (2020).

09:45 - Introduction Chair of What About The Children?

10:00 - Steve Biddulph 'Being Human'

10:50 - Q&A with Steve Biddulph

11:00 - Naomi Stadlen 'Mothering During The Pandemic

11:50 - Q&A with Naomi Stadlen

12:15- Conference Ends.