Real children need real experiences with real people to grow up happy, healthy, strong, kind and resilient. The second edition of this popular book explores the 10 essential building blocks that help children build resilience and self-esteem in our chaotic, uncertain world. We can’t change the world, however we can help our children to develop emotional buoyancy and competence by experiencing lifes joys and successes, as well as its challenges and setbacks. When this is done within the safety of supportive relationships — especially in families and communities — one building block at a time from birth to 12, children can grow into being the capable, independent adults we all yearn to meet one day. ** Praise for Real Kids…** “‘Real Kids in an Unreal World’ is a gem of wisdom, plain and simple. The book would appear to have been published from the ‘tree of knowledge’ and is a very good guidebook to keeping kids normal in today’s fast paced world. — Mamamia.com.au ** “The book explores the ten essential building blocks that help children build resilience and self-esteem … If that sounds lofty, I assure you, itʼs not. Within each of the descriptions about the building blocks are lots of straightforward tips for parents ranging from practical suggestions for encouraging plenty of play and tips for setting boundaries through to strategies for managing stress. I like that this book is presented in a simple, easy-to-delve-into format.” — Babology.com.au
Maggie Dent is an author, educator, and parenting and resilience specialist with a particular interest in the early years and adolescence. She is a passionate advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. Maggie has a wide background of experience that informs her work including teaching, counselling, and working in the palliative care and funeral industries. She is a sought-after media commentator who appears regularly on TV, ABC and commercial radio around the country and writes regular pieces for parenting and education blogs and magazines. Maggie is the author of seven books, and a prolific creator of resources for parents,
**1**The author is well-known to Australian audiences, a sought-after speaker and writer who’s appeared on TV on Today Extra, The Daily Edition, Sunrise, Today Tonight, news & Today (where she was resident parenting expert for 2 years), as well as appearing regularly on ABC and commercial radio around Australia. Maggie writes monthly for Fairfax’s Essential Kids blog, and her blogs are also picked up by Huffington Post Australia and other sites **2** * Maggie Dent has a huge grassroots following around Australia (and growing internationally), with a packed speaking schedule and a strong social media profile including more than 90,000 Facebook followers.**3**• Maggie Dent travels throughout the year speaking at conferences, schools and organisations around Australia, addressing thousands of parents and educators.**4**The first edition of this independently published book has sold 7000 copies.