Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney   8.45am – 3.15pm

This exciting event brings together three of Australia’s most passionate ‘boy champions’ to explore how we can raise all our gorgeous boys to become good men.

Steve Biddulph

Author of Raising Boys in the Twenty-First Century

Maggie Dent

Parenting author, educator & resilience specialist

Clark Wight

Educational leader, parent & boy champion

From the early years through adolescence, we will help you set your lads on the right path to manhood.

Time and time again we see poor examples of masculinity in our society via the news and social media: 
  • the MeToo movement, 
  • alienated young men committing mass killings, 
  • a porn-obsessed culture, 
  • cheating and aggression among some of our elite male athletes … 

On top of this, the statistics are stacked against our boys – they are still more likely than girls to die by suicide, to fail school, to be injured, to injure someone else, to go to prison, and more. 
 
When this negativity dominates the picture, how are our boys supposed to know what healthy masculinity looks like? 
In this conference, three of Australia’s leading ‘boy champions’ come together to share their vision for raising boys to become good men. 
Our presenters will share the latest information on what is going on for our boys, and present tried-and-true strategies for parenting, guiding and caring for them in ways that will help them flourish and grow into healthy, happy men in this unpredictable and fast-paced world. 
From the early years through adolescence, we will help you set your lads on the right path to manhood. 

Please note the title of this event is a very deliberate and respectful nod to the late Celia Lashlie, another wonderful boy champion whose book “He’ll Be OK : Growing Gorgeous Boys Into Good Men” is essential reading for anyone raising or caring for boys. Thank you Celia for all you did for our boys. To contribute to Celia’s Legacy or join Celia’s Army, please visit https://www.celialashlie.nz/

8.00am – 8.30am Doors open and registrations 

8.45am Acknowledgement of country & welcome 

9.00am – 10.30am “Raising Boys in the 21st Century” with Steve Biddulph  

10.30am – 11.00am Morning tea  

11.00am – 12.30pm “Mums and Their Sons: A Guide to the Healthy Mothering of Sons” with Maggie Dent  

12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch  

1.15pm – 2.30pm “Futureproofing Our Boys” with Clark Wight 

2.30pm – 3.00pm Q & A session  

3.00pm – 3.15pm Prize draws and close. 

Steve Biddulph – Raising Boys in the Twenty-first Century

Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best-known parent educators. A psychologist for 30 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach. Steve’s books, including The Secret of Happy Children, The New Manhood, Raising Girls and his just-released Raising Boys in the Twenty-first Century are in four million homes and 31 languages. They have influenced the way we look at childhood and especially the development of boys and men. In this world-renowned talk he draws from the latest research – including startling new findings on boys from his updated book – to help parents and carers recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident and kind young men – in this ever-changing world. 

Read more about Steve

Steve Biddulph is one of the world’s best-known parent educators. A family psychologist for 30 years, he is now retired but continues to write and teach. Steve’s books — authored with his wife Shaaron — include The Secret of Happy Children, The New Manhood, Raising Girls and JUST RELEASED Raising Boys in the Twenty-first Century 

Steve’s books have influenced the way we look at childhood and especially the development of boys and men. His shows are world famous for their humour, honesty, emotion and life-changing stories. 

Steve was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his work in young people’s mental health. He has two grown up children, and lives in Tasmania with Shaaron, and assorted wombats. 

Praise for Steve:
“A cross between Billy Connolly and Dr. Spock” – The Times 

“Electrifying” – UK Telegraph 

Biddulph is a spellbinder” 60 Minutes 

 

Raising Boys in the Twenty-first Century

Have you always wanted to hear Steve’s Raising Boys talk but never had the chance?  Here it is … Steve’s world-renowned talk, but with additional new material from his latest book, including:  

  • The unique vulnerability of boys’ brains – what the science says.  
  • How important it is to let boys cry, and how crying helps avoid violence, suicide, and risky behaviour. 
  • Two stages of boyhood we didn’t know about: the FULL ON FOURS and the EMOTIONAL EIGHTS 
  • Help for single mothers raising sons. 
  • What science can tell us about teenage boys and driving and how we can keep our sons safe. 

… and much more besides. This is a moving talk, so come prepared to laugh, and cry! 

Maggie Dent – Mums & Their Sons: A Guide to the Healthy Mothering of Boys

Maggie is one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors, and an educator, parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. She is the author of 10 books. A self-confessed and devoted ‘boy champion’, Maggie is the mother of four adult sons, a very grateful grandmother and a passionate advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. Her presentation explores the power of mothering our precious sons in a warm, connected and respectful way from birth to adulthood. She aims to help mothers (and mother figures in our boys’ lives) to better understand ways to support boys to grow in a wholistic way so they can become capable of valuing safe, intimate relationships at a time of complex and shifting gender relations in our society. 

Read more about Maggie

Commonly known as Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’, Maggie has experience in teaching, counselling, and working in the palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention.  

She is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. Maggie is also a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.  

Maggie is the author of 10 books, 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. 

Mums & Their Sons

In her presentation Maggie explores the power of mothering our precious sons in a warm, connected and respectful way from birth to adulthood. Maggie will decode some of the key differences in how mums and sons can see the world and explore how to avoid giving your sons a ‘mother wound.’ She will focus on little boys before 6 and then on boys 12+ who are on their journey to manhood, giving fabulous practical tips and suggestions for ensuring your son will become a respectful, responsible and loving good man. 

She will also answer questions like: 

  • why doesn’t he listen?
  • why doesn’t he follow instructions? 
  • why is he always touching things? 
  • why doesn’t he sit still? 
  • what WAS he thinking? 

… and so much more. 

Clark Wight – Futureproofing Our Boys 

Clark’s seminars are known for their humour, sincerity, real-life solutions and perspective he brings around schools, education and parenting. He is a highly experienced educator who started his teaching career as a 1st grade teacher and has taught at every year level at schools in the US and Australia. Clark has also worked as an educational leadership consultant and is currently leader of preparatory school at Guildford Grammar in Perth. In his presentation, he will look at key developmental stages and behaviours that underpin boys’ development, as well as strategies for dealing with the expected and unexpected in your home. Clark will address some of the key concerns facing parents who are raising boys in today’s world – gaming, pornography, violent visual content, keeping them engaged at school and the need to help build character and values in boys. Clark will talk about what works with our boys and what needs changing to truly help them grow into awesome men. 

Read more about Clark

Clark Wight grew up in Baltimore, Maryland USA and now lives in Mandurah, Western Australia. He is a highly experienced educator who has taught at every year level, including being a Headmaster of a Junior School in Perth, Australia and Head of Campus at University School in Cleveland, Ohio. Clark has worked as a leadership consultant for schools and businesses, and as a conscious parenting advocate and presenter through his Our Boys and Conscious Parenting seminars. He is now living his passion as a leader of a preparatory school, Guildford Grammar, in Perth and spending his days immersed with kids and deep, slow purposeful learning.
Clark is a father of three children – one just starting the journey of adolescence and two in their 20s – who daily offer him the opportunity to reflect on his skills as a parent and teacher.  

Furtureproofing Our Boys

In his presentation, Clark will look at key developmental stages and behaviours that underpin boys’ development, as well as strategies for dealing with the expected and unexpected in your home, classroom or school.  

Clark will focus in particular on middle school years and on the bigger question of how to get and keep boys engaged in school. 

He will especially focus on issues such as: 

  • Ensuring a smooth transition to school – what helps? 
  • Tips to help the reluctant, struggling 5-year-old boy. 
  • Anger and restlessness. 
  • What happens around 10 and why? … and how to support this shift. 
  • Tricky territory such as pornography, gaming and the plethora of violent and sexualised imagery our kids are exposed to. 
  • Middle school – how to understand and support boys who disengage, coast or appear unmotivated and bored at school. 

ALL TICKETS SOLD OUT SORRY

Early bird til 30th June: $220 

From 1st July: $250 

Please note from 1st July all bookings of 2 or more tickets booked in one transaction will receive the early bird ticket price of $220. 

Concessions/Full-time Students: $165 

Payment plan available. 

NB: While babes in arms are generally welcome at Maggie’s seminars, we regret that babies will be unable to be present during Steve Biddulph’s session as per his request. The event is not suitable for toddlers and older children. 

All ticket prices include GST. Delicious food and
a comprehensive manual are included. 

FREE resources for all attendees

All conference attendees will receive a conference manual and a downloadable resource bundle worth $30 featuring some handpicked eBook and audio resources that will support you in raising your boys from early years through adolescence

Event inquiries: pa@maggiedent.com