Raising Children who Shine!

Last Saturday, (10th March), two Bold Park Community School parents had the opportunity to attend the Raising Children who Shine Conference in Perth thanks to the generosity of our Patron, Maggie Dent.

The one day conference, held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle had presentations and workshops from four leading experts from Australia and overseas.

Maggie Dent, Parenting Author, Educator and Resilience Specialist; Dr Vanessa Lapointe, author of Discipline without Damage, Dr Kristy Goodwin, author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World and Dr Justin Coulson, author of 21 Days to a Happier Family unpacked some of the key challenges facing parent and people who work with children.

Lili D’Angelo, one of the delegates, contacted us earlier this week and said the event was “…such an amazing opportunity for me as a mum to two young children and as an early childhood teacher. The four speakers were all so wonderful to see and hear in the flesh!”

Lili said on each of the speakers:

  • Dr Vanessa Lapointe, a child psychologist from Canada, really highlighted the nurturing power of maintaining a strong connection with your child and that responding to your child’s needs can eliminate outdated, traditional discipline and make way for discipline without damage.
  • Maggie Dent’s Dear Little Boys session was full of tips and ideas for helping boys (and girls) feel connected, understood and loved. Lili mentioned that Maggie was so enjoyable to listen to and provided them all with lots of laughs.
  • Dr Kristy Goodwin’s research into technology use in childhood was also very insightful. She gave them all some helpful advice on raising children in a digital world including how to limit screen time and avoid techno-tantrums.
  • Dr Justin Coulson, a Psychologist and father of 6 girls, provided some great parenting advice on behaviour management, sibling rivalry, and ways to bring more joy to family life.

Throughout the day, the same themes of connection, understanding and acknowledgement of emotions were continually revisited.

Lili said, “I came away from the conference feeling blessed that my children go to Bold Park Community School where the values and themes from the conference are practised daily and to have had the opportunity to learn how to ‘raise children who shine’ from these four amazing speakers.”


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