Show #243 – Maggie Dent: An Hour of Parenting Power with The Queen of Common Sense and Comfort


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And on this week’s show!

She’s BACK: Maggie Dent is here to give us parenting gold as we celebrate her new book “Parental as Anything”. We talk about winning and losing, boundaries, brides, reward, building friendships, learning and teaching covering from 4 to teens – it’s a cracker of a show if you’re a parent or carer giving you a tonne of tools and vocab to use with your child(ren) to support them in thriving as the individual humans that they are and within the context of living happily in society. Share it with parents and carer friends, this is not a show to be missed.

Questions I asked Maggie:

  • Given we focused on boys last time you were on the show, and I encourage everyone to head back to show #115 to take a listen, I’d love to ask you in the toddler to 5 times – is there anything we need to be mindful of that’s different from raising boys when raising girls?
  • What are some of the biggest things to watch out for as our little people head for school? 
  • How do we cultivate their individuality in a system that can sometimes dim their lights? 
  • I’ve heard from many parents over the years in chats about our kids and school, that report cards and teacher interviews might have the “he/she is great BUT… how can we change that conversation where the not-so-great in one area, dims the great. 
  • What’s the best way to cultivate an allied partnership with our kids’ teachers (and also in a time where often there’s less time/crossover with kids at before/after school care etc? )
  • How can we help our kids build strong friendships?
  • And how can we help them with tact when someone keeps gravitating towards them but they don’t want to play with that person/have playdates/sleepovers? 
  • And also, how can we navigate those instances where someone has clearly decided they don’t like your child? 
  • Or what about when a child shares something with your child that’s wither adult themed/violent information/images: How can we help them navigate that? (I’ll share the story of a Year 1 child who invited my child and his bestie to a ‘penis sucking party’ when they were in Year 1 as an example! Poor kid was very troubled…)
  • Discipline: can we talk about the things that are going to have the biggest impact in the early years, for our goal of raising good humans? 
  • Bribe and reward when it comes to technology and food: How can we ensure we don’t set up a gamified “you do this, you get them” for basic good things we should be teaching them to do/boundaries to set themselves? 
  • Modelling for our kids without becoming anxious about our own “faults”  quirks and stuff-ups along the way? 
  • Family – it comes in all shapes and sizes as we all try to navigate divorce, separation, single parenting, blended families, same sex parenting… 
  • How can we foster connection and closeness in the transition to the teen years?

Other helpful links:

For everything Maggie Dent, visit her website:

Her new book Parental As Anything is out now at Booktopia and The Book Depository

You can check also find the rest of her wonderful books at Booktopia and The Book Depository

Also helpful, her audiobook “I am a Good Friend” which speaks to helping young kids make friends

Follow Maggie on Facebook and Instagram @MaggieDentAuthor

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Comments 13

  1. Haven’t had a chance to listen to this show yet, but couldn’t go past a chance to win the giveaway! There is definitely a moisture issue in my home, this dehumidifier would be a great help.

  2. Maggie Dent, I feel like she is my Aunty, always full of great advice especially when I need it. I love her passion and commitment. Another book purchase for me !

  3. I would love to win an Ausclimate dehumidifier. We have condensation throughout the house in the mornings and a musty smell in one of the kids’ bedrooms. I’ve heard great things about how a dehumidifier can help address these problems.

  4. Just sent the link to Maggie’s podcast to my 3 daughters ! As a parent during COVID , they need access to great advice more than ever ! Thankyou.

  5. Looking forward to listening to Maggie’s gems of advice. A dehumidifier would be awesome. Some damp / musty smells so something to help that wouldn’t go astray.

  6. Wow Maggie is just a power house of not making you feel guilty but helping you do it better. I just want to hug her!
    Thanks for another great show Alexx
    Would also really love to win the aus climate. I live in sydney and humidity and condensation is a problem in our house. Please help!

  7. Can’t wait to listen to Maggie’s pearls of wisdom.
    My current dehumidifier is over 15 years old and is on its last legs. Would love to win the Aus Climate dehumidifier!

  8. Oh wonderful show! Thankyou for bringing this wonderful lady into my life. I will be purchasing the book.
    I would love to go in the draw for the dehumidifier, thank you!

  9. Gosh I LOVE Maggie. She is so down to earth and realistic in her approach.

    Would love to win a dehumidifier. My house has no windows that open so would be soooo helpful!

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