Seminars for Parents & Communities

Maggie has a number of seminars suitable for parent and community groups that encourage the development of the emotional and social competencies of our children so that they grow into resilient adults. Visit the Booking a Seminar page for more details.

Back to Nature Through Play

Around the world there is a resurgence in the passion and desire to create opportunities for more play in nature for children in their daily lives. The benefits of spaces that encourage engaging, adventuresome and highly creative play are undeniable. A passionate nature play advocate and parenting educator Maggie, has visited dozens of amazing adventurous nature spaces in schools and communities, and what she has seen time and time again can be summed up in one word: ‘MAGIC’. In this seminar, Maggie will inspire anyone who has dreams of creating a nature play space. She explores the enormous benefits of nature play, how to build a powerful connection with nature – often at a do-able cost. Maggie shares stories and practical suggestions from those who have joined the revolution to make this vision a reality and who have also created a stronger school culture and community in the process.

9 Things: A back-to-basics guide to calm, common-sense, connected parenting Birth–8 for parents

Are you struggling with your toddler? Wondering where to next when time-outs and sticker charts don’t work? Confused by an often angry child? Join one of Australia’s most-loved parenting authors and educators Maggie Dent as she explores the ‘9 Things’ that truly matter in raising children eight and under, and why they matter so much. This seminar is based on Maggie’s popular book of the same name, and offers a back-to-basics, common-sense guide for anyone working or raising babies, toddlers and young children to help them be able to thrive and be ready for school and life.

Real Kids in an Unreal World: Building Resilience and Self-esteem in Today’s Children (10 Resilience Building Blocks)

Are you worried, confused or concerned about parenting in today’s chaotic world? Children need to have certain basic experiences to build the competencies that will help them manage life – the good, the bad and the ugly. Maggie has developed a common-sense, practical model of 10 building blocks that will reassure parents that what we have always known to be important in the early years of a child’s life is still important. This seminar will offer you practical, common-sense ideas and strategies to make small changes in your home, which will make a big difference to your children’s cognitive, physical, psychological, emotional and social health later in life.

Everyday Learning about Grief and Loss and Children

This seminar explores how to prepare and support children through loss and death. Maggie has an extensive background including palliative care, the funeral industry and counselling, and her practical tips will be invaluable for anyone who cares for children. How we manage loss will influence us for the rest of our lives and when our children are overprotected in childhood they can be left powerless and very traumatised as adults.

Calming Our Kids (for parents in K-6 schools)

This topic was formerly known as The Importance of Silence, Stillness & Calmness in Our Children’s Lives.
It is so challenging for modern parents to create calmness, silence and stillness in their homes but this is an important and inspirational life resilience skill for children to develop. In this seminar, you will learn about the main causes of childhood stress, anxiety and disruptive behaviour and what you can do to prevent it. Maggie will explore how to calm hyperactive children, how to change emotional states and what are the best ways to maximise the brain’s capacity to learn in a safe environment. Calmness can be learned! This seminar explores cognitive and emotional benefits and is full of practical tips to get the magic into your home.

Calming Our Kids (for parents in K-12schools)

This topic was formerly known as The Importance of Silence, Stillness & Calmness in Our Children’s Lives.
It is so challenging for modern parents to create calmness, silence and stillness in their homes but this is an important and inspirational life resilience skill for children to develop. In this seminar, you will learn about the main causes of childhood stress, anxiety and disruptive behaviour and what you can do to prevent it. She will also address the key concerns of adolescent stress. Maggie will explore ways to calm nervous systems, homes and schools. Calmness can be learned! This seminar explores stress in today’s world and ways to reduce it and is full of practical tips to take away.

Dads ONLY: Top Tips for Being a Terrific Dad

This is a seminar just for the Dads that will unplug the important aspects of parenting children from birth to 25. Maggie has a keen ability to ‘talk bloke’ and decodes complex information in a highly practical, often humorous and always informative way. Drawing from her common-sense approach Maggie will inspire, empower and enthuse every Dad in the room to be just terrific. This seminar is for men only.

From the Sandpit to Adulthood: Helping Today’s Children to Thrive

Every parent wants their children to thrive – to grow up happy, healthy, strong, kind and capable of realising their full potential. In this seminar, Maggie explores the 10 keys to parenting that support this goal. She acknowledges there is no ‘perfect’ and that challenge, adversity and failure can actually help our kids grow stronger and smarter.

Adolescence Unplugged

From Maggie’s extensive experience of working with adolescents for more than 30 years she has created an innovative, dynamic seminar for families, schools and communities to build resilience and connectedness in 12-25-year-olds. Adolescents need adult allies to help them navigate the tricky waters of the teenage years – the art of guiding, and encouraging empowerment while strengthening self-esteem and personal autonomy is one that can be learned. This seminar explores the shift in raising children to raising adolescents, and what works and what won’t. (2 hours)

Taming the Stress Monster in Adolescence

Today’s world is full of the immediacy of a busy life and it is impacting on our children and adolescents. This seminar for people who support adolescents explores the what, the why and most importantly the how of calming our children and especially our rapidly transforming adolescents. The bumpy ride to adulthood can be challenging at times. Maggie explores stress and ways for adolescents to understand and help each other to navigate big ugly feelings, ‘ANT’ attacks (automatic negative thoughts), failure and disappointment. She also explores great ways to calm and relax that will help the adolescents you work or live with to study better, think better and take the high road rather than the low road on the journey to being an adult.

Navigating Life’s Challenges

Parenting author, educator and resilience specialist Maggie Dent has an extensive background in the area of resilience in a theoretical and practical sense. In this community workshop, she will explore some of the key differences in dealing with loss and trauma for different age groups and genders. These sessions will help build understanding and the ability to cope with the unwanted roller coaster of emotions and experiences that occurs when a community has faced tragedy and challenge in whatever form it arrives.

Improving Life with a Little Black Duck Wisdom: Building Resilience BEFORE Life Knocks You Flat

Parenting author, educator and resilience specialist Maggie Dent is the author of a quirky little book called Black Duck Wisdom, which has become a bestseller for its ability to remind readers that the most precious parts of life are often hiding under our darkest moments. In this presentation, Maggie will draw on the book to unravel some key wisdoms learnt from ducks that will resonate with everyone. This is a light, insightful and deceptively powerful way to learn how to build your resilience BEFORE life knocks you flat.

Death Through the Eyes of a Child: Everyday Learning about Loss and Grief

Maggie has worked very closely with death and dying due to her extensive background in palliative care, the funeral industry, as a counsellor and as a celebrant who has conducted over 250 funerals. She has worked with many families who have been visited by sudden and uninvited death. In this seminar, in her practical way, she explores some innovative techniques that have helped both children and their parents. Children need to be exposed to death early in life, preferably via the death of a small pet, to help build a template for them to understand death and the funeral process. This gives children an understanding of what happens and what they can do to help and strengthens their innate abilities to cope. Protecting and insulating children from death can have painful consequences in adolescence and adulthood. In this presentation Maggie will explore the grieving process through the eyes of a child, using the case study of a former client who found her Dad after he had shot himself. She will also demonstrate some grief cleansing techniques that really work.

Real Kids in an Unreal World: Building Resilience and Self-Esteem in Today’s Children (10 Resilience Building Blocks)

Are you worried, confused or concerned about parenting in today’s chaotic world? Children need to have certain basic experiences to build the competencies that will help them manage life – the good, the bad and the ugly. Maggie has developed a common-sense, practical model of 10 building blocks that will reassure parents that what we have always known to be important in the early years of a child’s life is still important. This seminar will offer you practical, common-sense ideas and strategies to make small changes in your home, which will make a big difference to your children’s cognitive, physical, psychological, emotional and social health later in life.