Raising Brave Kids

4 hour parenting workshop
event featuring:
  • Maggie Dent
  • Karen Young
  • Warren Cann


Sunday 13th October 2019 UNSW Roundhouse, Kensington
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Giving parents the tools to raise resilient kids from birth to early school years

With anxiety in children (and parents) on the rise, it's more important than ever to learn what we can do as parents to help children thrive in this chaotic world.

Practical common sense ideas you can implement at home that will make a big difference

How to strengthen your child’s brain to help build their courage and resilience

Basic experiences to build competencies that help kids manage life – the good, the bad and the ugly

How to get to know your child’s temperament and use parenting strategies that work for you both

Maggie Dent

The 'queen of common sense', Maggie Dent is one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience.

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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.

She is the author of 11 books including her bestselling, Mothering Our Boys. Maggie has also authored several e-books and is a prolific creator of resources for parents, adolescents, teachers, educators and others who are interested in quietly improving their lives.

Karen Young

Karen Young is a psychologist who has worked in private practice and in educational and organisational settings. She has extensive experience in the facilitation of personal growth groups.

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Karen founded the popular website, Hey Sigmund, after realising the power of solid information. The website attracts millions of readers each year worldwide. 

She is a sought-after speaker and the author of Hey Warrior, a book for kids to help them understand anxiety and find their ‘brave’. The book has now been translated into a number of languages.

Warren Cann

Warren Cann is a psychologist and CEO of Parenting Research Centre. The Centre has been recognised for the quality of their applied research, and their capacity-building strategies and programs.

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Warren has worked with families, training and supporting health and welfare professionals who work with families, and developing and implementing parenting support initiatives.

He has a particular interest in effective supports for parents raising children with complex needs, or who are experiencing significant adversity themselves.

What you will learn on the day

Maggie Dent, author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist

The 10 building blocks that raise resilient kids

Although the world seems to have changed a lot since many of us were children ourselves, we know that what our kids actually need to grow up happy, healthy, strong, kind and resilient has not changed at all. Maggie explores her practical model of 10 building blocks that will help you raise resilient kids. This model is based on ancient wisdom, modern research and a healthy dose of common sense. Maggie will explore key aspects of building resilience in children including exploring:

  • The role of play in developing social, emotional, cognitive and physical competencies
  • How to build appropriate life skills to give children confidence and competence at various stages of development
  • The importance of firm, consistent boundaries and how to establish and maintain them
  • How stress impacts our children and how to lessen its impact in our chaotic world

Karen Young, clinical psychologist

How to build courage and resilience in children

Resilience happens in relationships and as a parent you have a profound ability to build resilience in your child. Parents can, quite literally, strengthen a child's brain to be braver and more resilient.

Karen has a remarkable ability to translate the science of psychology into language that can help us all understand how a young brain works and has a wealth of practical advice and tools to share to enable us to help our kids to find their brave.

Courage and resilience are vital qualities that help children adapt in the face of adversity and challenge, and give them the confidence to move towards life-giving opportunities. Karen will discuss why resilience is so important, and how to nurture these essential qualities in our children including:

  • Understanding the brain side of building courage in kids
  • How to strengthen the brain towards resilience
  • The importance of relationships in cultivating resilience
  • How anxiety is a really normal part of growing up, and what age-appropriate anxiety looks like

Warren Cann, clinical psychologist and CEO Parenting Research Centre

Ditch the labels and find your parenting style

Helicopter, lawnmower, free-range, snow-plough — parenting labels seem to be everywhere. But they’re often negative, judgemental and unhelpful to both parents and children.

Warren will walk you through a more productive approach to parenting styles – one that involves adapting your style according to your child’s needs.

Parenting isn’t just about what you do. Children themselves bring to the table a set of characteristics that impact on the way you parent. This is known as their temperament. It matters – a lot. And it’s what makes them different and special.

Getting to know and accept your child’s temperament can help you better understand them and use parenting strategies that work for you both. Join Warren for this lively and practical discussion that will give you a fresh new perspective on how you and your child connect.


  • 8:30am Registration
  • 9:00am Introduction
  • 9:05am Speaker 1: Warren Cann - Why it’s important to ditch the labels and find your parenting style
  • 9:45am Speaker 2: Karen Young - How to build courage and resilience in children
  • 10:30am Morning tea
  • 11:00am Keynote: Maggie Dent - Building resilience and self-esteem in today’s children
  • 12:15pm Q&A with all speakers
  • 1:00pm Finish


All tickets include:

  • Event entry
  • Welcome tea and coffee on arrival
  • Morning tea
  • A FREE copy of Maggie Dent's eBook Building Children's Resilience (normally $9.99) for all attendees

Early Bird discount: $85 – SOLD OUT

Standard tickets: $95

Group booking: Book 10 or more tickets to secure the early bird pricing. Contact our team at events@babyology.com.au to secure a group booking.

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UNSW Roundhouse
Anzac Parade
Kensington, NSW, 2052
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Public transport
The following buses stop at UNSW:

  • 891 - Express service to and from UNSW from Central Station
  • 890, 892 (peak hour), 392, 394, L94, 396, 397 and 399 operate along Elizabeth St in the city
  • 370 from Leichhardt, Glebe, Newtown, Green Square and Coogee
  • 400 from Bondi Junction, Airport, Rockdale and Burwood
  • Other services include routes 302, 303, 348, 357, 359 and 410

Barker St. multi-story carpark - enter via Gate 14

More information?
If you have questions or would like more information about the event please contact us at events@babyology.com.au