Blog Category: Raising Boys

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Please help me with my lazy, unmotivated 18yo son who is stuck on the couch and going nowhere

It has only been in the past few years that I have started to hear[...]

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Please teach your sons about ‘the line in the sand’

Raising our sons to be the best expression of themselves — whether they are outgoing,[...]

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The world needs more kindness warriors

In this age of selfies, Insta updates, over sharing and an incredible fascination with image,[...]

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How to raise our boys with character

… or rather How to raise our boys with character, who will care about themselves,[...]

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The 5 things your son isn’t telling you

Maggie wrote a short piece for Essential Kids on things your son doesn’t tell you:[...]

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Does your son need more time before he starts school?

Essential Kids published an extract from Maggie’s new book, Mothering Our Boys, on making the[...]

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HELP! What is wrong with my son’s memory?

Have you had the experience of sending your son off to his bedroom to get[...]

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Being a dad in the 21st century

It is a fabulous time to be a father historically, anthropologically and emotionally. The restrictive[...]

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5 tricky times in boyhood that every parent needs to understand

So often, as parents we find ourselves asking: What’s happening with my boy? Over my[...]

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Why I’m glad my sons took up surfing

Pic: The four Dent lads at the Pipeline break, North Shore Hawaii When I grew[...]

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OMG What WAS he thinking?

Over the last 40 years as a teacher, counsellor, parent, aunty and friend I have[...]

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Twelve top tips for those in toddler land

I have revisited toddler land over the holidays with three little grandies under 3 –[...]

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10 Things Every Parent Needs to Know

A guest post from Dr Justin Coulson Wouldn’t it be great if parents really only[...]

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When fathers are tough, inflexible and unloving.

Over time I have been asked many times by mums about what they can do[...]

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Teen safety (without suffocation)–Understanding Boys

Maggie spoke with Harb Gill from the Understanding Boys blog about how to keep your teen sons[...]

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Fragile boy friendships and why they matter so much

How we can help our boys be good mates. In my life from my own[...]

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Important information re starting age for pre-primary in WA

Over the last seven years – at an increasing rate each year – I have[...]

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Bringing mindfulness home: tips for parents

As a proud ambassador of meditation app Smiling Mind, Maggie wrote about how to create[...]