Parenting expert and author Maggie Dent shares her insight on raising happy, healthy children

On this week’s podcast we’re thrilled to be joined once again by author and parenting expert, Maggie Dent. 

Maggie sits down with us to chat about the release of her new book Parental as Anything: A common sense guide to raising happy, healthy kids – from toddlers to tweens.

During our chat we unpack some of the chapters in her book which will help parents and fathers to better understand how to manage their child’s temperament, anxiety and work to raise resilient children and tweens. 

The queen of common sense, Maggie’s warmth and expertise shines through and provides us with practical advice and strategies. She provides comfort as parents and reminds us that ‘good enough is good enough’, we’re all just trying to do the best we can as parents, and that’s all that matters! 

 This podcast covers:

  • Maggie’s purpose for writing the book | 2:05 – 3:25
  • Raising ‘rooster’ and ‘lamb’ children | 3:50 – 7:18
  • Ways to support ‘rooster’ and lamb children as they grow | | 7:35 – 10:40 
  • Supporting children through anxious moments | 12:06 – 18:30
  • Importance of ‘lighthouse’ adults in children’s lives | 18:40 – 22:47
  • How to raise resilient children | 23:03 – 27:23
  • Strategies to discipline children and tweens | 27:23 – 33:23

About our Guest Maggie Dent

Commonly known as the ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators. She has a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience, and is an undisputed ‘boy champion’.

Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling, and working in palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children, in order to strengthen families and communities. She is a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.

Author of seven major books, including her bestselling 2018 book Mothering Our Boys and her 2020 release From Boys to Men, and of course, her most recent book, which hit the bookshelves last week, Parental as Anything.

Maggie is the proud mother of four wonderful sons, and an enthusiastic and grateful grandmother. She lives in the South Coast region of NSW with her good bloke Steve Mountain and their dear little dog, Mr Hugo Walter Dent.

Visit Maggie’s website to access her books and parenting resources.

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