What aspect of raising young kids keeps you awake at night? Do you worry you’re messing them up in the way you discipline them? Are they struggling to transition to school successfully? Are there lots of fights over technology – and is their use healthy?

One of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, Maggie Dent, has put together her ‘dream team’ of experts from here and overseas to explore some of these key challenges in a special event happening next month.

Raising Children Who Shine: Exploring Childhood from Toddlers to 10-year-olds is a one-day conference for anyone living or working with young kids, heading to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 17th March.

Maggie said she has invited some of her favourite experts, not just because they are authorities in their relative fields, but because they are parents who face similar issues in their own homes every day.

“What makes raising young children so hard today is that our world is moving faster than ever before, parents are time-poor and information-overloaded, and our educators also face increasing demands and expectations,” Maggie said.

“At the same time our children are facing growing levels of anxiety and many are struggling with self-regulation… our world is not setting them up for a resilient, successful life as adults.”

The conference will feature Canadian psychologist and author of Discipline Without Damage Dr Vanessa Lapointe – for the first time in Australia. Vanessa will explore a foundation for a healthy, effective approach to discipline that respects your child’s developmental needs… and works.

Australia’s leading digital wellness expert – also a parent and former teacher and early childhood educator – Dr Kristy Goodwin will look at Raising Your Child in a Digital World. Kristy is all about offering parents and professionals realistic guidance instead of guilt on how to navigate this tsunami of screens we’re living with.

Bestselling author, psychologist and dad to six girls Dr Justin Coulson will share key strategies from his new book, 10 Things Every Parent Needs to Know.

And the conference host Maggie Dent – a mother of four, grandmother, former teacher and counsellor, and self-confessed ‘boy champion’ – will take a particular look at why statistically our boys fare much worse than our girls to explore Giving Boys a Great Start.

Raising Children Who Shine runs from 8.45am-4.15pm on Saturday, 17th March at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets available from www.maggiedent.com/raising-children-who-shine

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