Blog Category: Play & Nature Play


Parental As Anything – from play to resilience and loss on Family 360 podcast

To celebrate Maggie’s book Parental As Anything coming out in print in the UK and[...]

Honouring the human spirit in our homes and classrooms

Last week a story went around the media and socials about a farmer who was[...]


Nurturing the inner world of our children and teens

Many years ago, a 16-year-old student shared with me a story that left an indelible[...]


The real value in pretend play

“Babies create hypotheses, test them and then relentlessly appraise their findings with the vigour of[...]


Helping our kids master disappointment

Hasn’t 2020 been a year full of disappointment?! From loss of job opportunities, travel opportunities,[...]


Why I believe in the magic of the easter bunny

In this Maggie Moment, one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors Maggie Dent talks about the[...]


S2 Episode 6 – Nature play can still happen during coronavirus — Parental As Anything ABC Podcast

Coronavirus has meant the activities our kids love — playgrounds, sport, skate boarding with friends,[...]


Why parenting is really all about neuroplasticity

When our precious babies are born, their brains are full of neurons with no connectors.[...]


Our adolescents are passive and inactive and we can’t just blame screens 

We grown-ups know that eating well, sleeping well and exercising well are the three key[...]


The magic of movement still really matters in our digital world

Early homo sapiens had to move to survive and we are still biologically wired to[...]


Let’s get creative – it is good for your health and wellbeing!

One of the greatest blessings of having a childhood filled with hours of unstructured play[...]


S1 Episode 3 – Play — why it’s vital for kids — Parental As Anything ABC Podcast

Building cubbies, make-believe, dressing up – while it might just look like fun and games,[...]


Smart parenting: helping your child grow an amazing brain

Maggie wrote for Essential Kids about how we can parent with the brain in mind[...]


Become an energy detective for your child

Every parent will struggle at times to maintain their energy levels in order to keep[...]


Why we must prioritise play for today’s children and why we need to do it NOW

I have been writing and speaking about the importance of play in childhood for a[...]


Early years education is more than child’s play

This article was first published at Essential Kids. Recently I discovered that in some states, early[...]


Does your child have music hiding in their soul?

This article was first published at Essential Kids. It never ceases to amaze me when I[...]


Too many toys?

Maggie spoke with ABC Radio in Perth about whether too many toys can limit creativity[...]