Hi, I’m Sarah.
My first job ever was at Disney World in Florida and my last was as a police officer in London. That sums me up really; Buzz Lightyear and Horatio Cain all rolled into one.
If you want a job title for me, call me a teenologist (I made that up, by the way). I often get asked what that means and my answer depends on where I am, in what context, how I’m feeling, what shoes I am wearing and what I had to eat that morning. But in essence I study, spend time with, engage and translate 10-25 year olds. (Those are the new teen years). I am also often called an author, speaker, youth expert and on the odd occasion a dragon slayer.
I am devoted to young people and helping them, as well as helping those that work with, educate , parent or market to them see young people differently. The old paradigms and thinking about raising well-adjusted adults has changed, this generation is like no other and to create original thinkers and extraordinary humans, we need to re-imagine all we are doing. My job is to say, “Iceberg ahead!” Your job is to listen (or not; the choice is always yours). I see myself as their champion and my job is to inspire, empower and start different conversations.
If you haven’t guessed, I am a maverick thinker and am not shy of saying what I think and causing a stir. On Loose Women I was described as the controversial mum causing somewhat of an internet storm. Personally, I preferred the person who commented, saying that I was just another mom who couldn’t get over her cheerleading days. Please, I am from the UK and we don’t even have cheerleaders!
Above all, everything I do is teen-centered with one purpose and one alone; to change the minds, hearts and lives of young people.