A special event for anyone who lives or works with children in the early years

The early years are among the most challenging and exhausting for parents but they are also the most important years for building a foundation for our children to grow up happy, healthy, strong and kind.

In this special event, one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors Maggie Dent teams up with dynamic Canadian psychologist and author of Discipline Without Damage Dr Vanessa Lapointe to explore the joys and challenges of raising children through their infant, toddler and preschool years.

Dr Vanessa will kick off the evening to discuss:

  • the developmental realities of this stage

  • building attachment and connection

  • coping with anger, meltdowns and more.

  • discipline without damage – what works and why?

Maggie will explore:

  • why movement matters

  • the power of play

  • building self-regulation

  • nurturing resilience

  • calming our homes amidst the chaos.

An audience Q&A will follow.

This is a rare opportunity to see these two incredible speakers whose common drive is a passion to help you parent with more calmness and connection.

Dr Vanessa Lapointe first came to Australia in 2018 as part of Maggie’s Raising Children Who Shine conference tour. She and Maggie have since become not just trusted colleagues but firm friends with a shared vision of a better world for our families.

Dr Vanessa Lapointe

Author, parenting educator & registered psychologist

Maggie Dent

Parenting author, educator & resilience specialist

About Dr Vanessa

Dr Vanessa Lapointe is an author, parenting educator, and registered psychologist (British Columbia #1856) who has been supporting families and children for more than 15 years. Vanessa is the author of Discipline without Damage: How to get your kids to behave without messing them up, and her new release Parenting Right From The Start: Laying a Healthy Foundation in the Baby and Toddler years. Dr Vanessa is also a regularly invited media guest and contributor, educator and speaker, a Huffington Post Parent blogger, and a consultant to research projects and various organisations promoting emotional health and development.

Dr. Vanessa is known for bringing a sense of nurturing understanding and humanity to all of her work. She presently works in private practice and has previous experience in a variety of settings, including the British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development and the school system. Dr. Vanessa’s passion is in walking alongside parents, teachers, care providers, and other big people to really see the world through the child’s eyes. She believes that if we can do this, we are beautifully positioned to grow up our children in the best possible way. As a mother to two growing children, Dr. Vanessa strives not only professionally, but also personally, to view the world through the child’s eyes.


About Maggie

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

Maggie’s experience includes working for almost two decades as a secondary teacher before moving into counselling, and working in the 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.

Now an in-demand writer and speaker, Maggie is a regular contributor to Fairfax’s Essential Kids website and she can often be heard on commercial and ABC radio around the country including Nova 937. She has also contributed regularly to education and parenting blogs and magazines, and appears on national TV programs.

In October 2018, Maggie released her 11th book, Mothering Our Boys: A Guide for Mums of Sons and the book has already become a bestseller and continues to reach mums around the world with Maggie’s message of greater understanding and guidance for our boys.

Her other books include Saving Our Children From Our Chaotic World, Real Kids in an Unreal World and 9 Things: A back-to-basics guide to calm, common-sense, connected parenting Birth-8

Maggie is also the author of several e-books and a prolific creator of resources for parents, adolescents, teachers and early childhood educators, and others who are interested in quietly improving their lives.

Maggie is the proud mother of four wonderful sons, and an enthusiastic and grateful grandmother.

BA, DipEd, DipCounselling


Tickets: $50

Time: Doors open at 5.45pm for a prompt 6.30-9pm seminar including audience Q&A.

Please note: Seating is general allocation… there are no fixed seat numbers.

While babes in arms are welcome, this event is not suitable for toddlers and older children.

Please choose the seminar you would like to attend:


Event inquiries: pa@maggiedent.com