In many ways, raising children today is far more stressful than it was just a couple of decades ago.
So many families are struggling with stress, overload, overscheduling and disconnection. Surely there’s a better way?
This is something I have come to understand over 40 years as a teacher, counsellor, resilience specialist and a mum of four (now adult) sons. By creating new habits and patterns in our families, our kids will feel safer, calmer, more connected and happier.
That's why I have created this course for families with children 12 and under...
kick off the course by exploring the biggest stressors and concerns in
raising children today & we’ll reflect on which may be
impacting your family.
I’ll look at the main triggers for challenging behaviour & help you identify signs that stress is too high, and we’ll look at some ways to manage this.
In this session, I explore how stress and sleep (or rather lack of it) affect us on so many levels – especially on how we learn and on our capacity to manage our moods. I also share some tools to soothe your children and help them sleep more soundly.
Anxiety is the fastest-growing mental health issue in the western world. So in this session we explore what it looks like, what causes it and how can we help our children when feelings of fear and anxiety impair their wellbeing.
Do your kids know what calm means? Calmness can be learnt at any stage in life but in our busy world we can’t assume it will come naturally! In this session, we’ll talk about the simple but enormous power of play and nature in helping us have a gentler, calmer way of life.
It’s not just our children who might feel anxious or struggle to cope. As the person/people in the household who keeps everything ticking along, it’s easy for we parents to let worries get on top of us. I’ll explore some key strategies to staying calm and compassionate, even when chaos reigns.
Calming Our Children & Calming Our Homes is designed for busy parents of children 12 and under. It includes:
Explore at your own pace. Each session contains:
Short audio/video presentations (each around 15mins)
Interviews with experts on anxiety, digital wellbeing, stress-management, self-care & more
Video demonstrations of simple mood-changing exercises
Printable notes from each presentation
A handout summarising each session's content at a glance to have at your fingertips
‘Homework’ activities to help you put your learning into action
...and lots of follow-up resources for you to continue your journey to calmness once you've completed the course.
Access to my private Calming Our Children online course Facebook group for support, sharing your experiences with others and occasional live Q&As.
To enrich your course experience and give you some practical tools to use in your home, I am including the following resources from my online store as free bonuses:
Saving Our Children ebook
Calming Our Angry Ant audio track
Soothing the Frightened Butterflies audio track
Beach Bliss audio track
Child therapist, author & creator of anxioustoddlers.com
Nuerologic music therapist
Dr Kaylene Henderson
Child & adolescent psychiatrist & founder of ADoseOfAwesomeness.com
Dr Kristy Goodwin
Digital wellbeing expert & author, Raising Your Child in a Digital World
Psychologist, author & founder of heysigmund.com
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 teaching, 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.
The author of ten books, Maggie is the proud mother of four wonderful sons, and an enthusiastic and grateful grandmother.
"The most valuable thing I took from this course is once again knowing that I am not alone - that other people are dealing [with], struggling or facing similar things and that there is nothing wrong with me or the kids but there may be ways in which I can help them and help myself. I find this woman amazing!!! THANK U."
– Participant in Maggie's '9 Things' course
If you are not satisfied with the course content or delivery within 30 days of signing up, I will happily return your sign-up fee. The bonus materials are yours to download and keep.
It is my absolute honour to be able to support families through my work and I look forward to connecting with parents through this course who are committed to quietly improving their lives.