Mum of ‘feral four’ de­liv­ers good ad­vice for par­ents

Narrogin Observer - - News - Michael Traill

Aus­tralia’s “Queen of com­mon sense” and world-renowned parental ad­vice au­thor, Mag­gie Dent, passed on her wis­dom to par­ents at two sem­i­nars last Thurs­day.

Orig­i­nally from Wan­der­ing, the mother of four “feral coun­try kids” (all sons) and grand­mother of soon-to-be five, spent time as a stu­dent at the old Pin­gelly District High School and Nar­ro­gin Se­nior High School.

Af­ter some time spent in her ca­reer as an ed­u­ca­tor, Mrs Dent has gone on to in­ter­na­tional fame with a fol­low­ing of more than 140,000 peo­ple across so­cial me­dia, count­less and reg­u­lar me­dia ap­pear­ances across Aus­tralia, and sold-out tours of the United King­dom.

Mrs Dent told Nar­ro­gin Ob­server that her “com­mon sense” ap­proach is what makes her an ap­peal­ing choice for par­ents seeking ad­vice.

“In par­ent­ing I think there’s too much in­for­ma­tion for par­ents now,” she said.

“So what they’re look­ing for is sort of a voice that is a bit more com­mon sense; a kind of bridge be­tween re­search and com­mon sense. I think hav­ing a ter­ri­ble coun­try sense of hu­mour also helps.

“A lot of my work is about build­ing strength in fam­i­lies, not about per­fect par­ent­ing and about recog­nis­ing that we have to give our kids op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence mo­ments of dis­ap­point­ments and let-downs and set­backs, so they can de­velop a ca­pac­ity to with­stand that.”

Pre­sented by Amity Health, Mrs Dent de­liv­ered two sem­i­nars at John Higgins Cen­tre.

The first dis­cussed the jour­ney from “sand­pit to adult­hood” and the sec­ond “the im­por­tance of calm­ness, si­lence and still­ness in our chil­dren’s lives”.

Pic­ture: Michael Traill

Mag­gie Dent out­side John Higgins Cen­tre be­fore one of her sem­i­nars.

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