Dr Vanessa Lapointe Australian tour…

Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne – March 2020

Canadian psychologist and author of Discipline Without Damage, Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, is back in Australia by popular demand. She is joining us to launch her new book Parenting Right From the Start with a series of seminars based on the book.

Babies don’t come with a manual. And yet, the science of child development has revealed that what happens in the precious first years of a child’s life really matters. It is incredibly important to parent right from the start. Dr. Vanessa Lapointe has spent 20 years as a psychologist and researcher as well as being a good-enough, imperfect mamma. In this seminar, she brings together all of that work with lots of practical things to explore a clear path for mums and dads, and all the other “big people” who care for our little ones as together you take on the magnificent task of growing a unique human.

“This is the book the world has been waiting for.”
– Maggie Dent

“Dr. Vanessa shows the way from worry to confidence.”
—Tom Hobson, author of Teacher Tom’s First Book and Teacher Tom’s Blog

“With warmth, wisdom and strong scientific grounding, Dr. Vanessa brings us back to our parenting heart.”
– Karen Young, heysigmund.com

“Dr. Vanessa’s message that our ongoing development is intricately linked to who our children become paves the way for parenting that is connected, rewarding, and meaningful.”
—Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, bestselling co-author of The Whole Brain Child and No Drama Discipline

Dr. Vanessa Lapointe is a registered psychologist, parenting educator, best-selling author, international speaker, and a mum. As the founder and director of The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic, she has been supporting families and children for almost 20 years. While navigating the journey of parenting her own two children, including the restructuring of her family through divorce, Dr. Vanessa has been challenged to grow herself up. Rather than hiding behind a glossy façade, she acknowledges how much she is right in the muck of it – just like everyone else. From this place of humility and compassion, Dr Vanessa journeys along on a path that lands for herself and her family, all of which has profoundly changed her life and has made a significant influence on her speaking and her practice.

Date: Saturday, 7th March
Venue: Marist Auditorium, Newman College
Address: Entry Gate 6, 216 Empire Avenue, Churchlands, WA 6018
Time: 10am-noon (doors open at 9.15am)
Tickets: $35
Introduction by Maggie Dent


Date: Saturday, 14th March
Venue: Dee Why RSL,The Showroom, Jenkins Room
Address: 932 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why NSW 2099
Time: 10am-noon (doors open at 9.15am)
Tickets: $40*
Introduction by Maggie Dent


Date: Saturday, 21st March
Venue: Clayfield College Assembly Hall
Address: 23 Gregory St, Clayfield QLD 4011
Time: 10am-noon (doors open at 9.15am)
Tickets: $35
Maggie is presenting in Wollongong on this day so she will not be introducing Vanessa in Brisbane.

Date: Monday, 23rd March
Venue: Crossway Church
Address: Burwood East Campus, 2 Vision Drive, Burwood East, VIC 3151
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm (doors open at 5.45pm)
Tickets: $35
Introduction by Maggie Dent

Please note: Babes in arms are welcome however these events are not suitable for toddlers and older children.
Seating will be general admission so you may sit where you like.
*please note ticket prices vary city to city due to increased venue hire costs in some areas.
Copies of Dr Vanessa’s books will be available for sale at each venue.


Maggie chatted to Vanessa recently about what Parenting Right From the Start is all about:

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