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One of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators Maggie Dent gives you tips and answers to your real-world parenting dilemmas — screen time, tantrums, building resilience, homework and more. Parental As Anything is a common sense, relatable, practical guide on raising kids of all ages today.

Parental As Anything, with Maggie Dent ABC Podcasts

    • Opvoeding

One of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators Maggie Dent gives you tips and answers to your real-world parenting dilemmas — screen time, tantrums, building resilience, homework and more. Parental As Anything is a common sense, relatable, practical guide on raising kids of all ages today.

    Is your child ready for school?

    Is your child ready for school?

    School is about to start for another year in Australia, and many parents will be waving their child off at the school gate for the first time. But how do you know they're ready to go? And what can you do to make their first day as stress and tear-free as possible? Maggie Dent talks to child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr Kaylene Henderson, about how to prepare kids for their first day and how to ease older kids back into the school year. Maggie shares her top tips on a smooth transition to high school.

    • 27 min.
    Introducing — Parental As Anything new episodes

    Introducing — Parental As Anything new episodes

    Australia's favourite parenting expert and author Maggie Dent is back with a new series of Parental As Anything. She'll give you tips and answers to your real-world parenting problems — what to do if your child is anxious, helping kids deal with death and loss, making friends, and (gulp) how to talk to your kids about sex. Over 10 episodes, Maggie will give you a common sense, practical guide on how to raise kids of all ages. The first episode is about starting school and is out January 21.

    • 3 min.
    How to raise boys

    How to raise boys

    There are challenges with raising boys that only the parents of sons will understand. Like why they bond using rough play and fart jokes; why your directions need a word limit; and why you can never get them to sit still. In the final episode of the season, Maggie Dent chats to family counsellor Dr Michael Gurian about what boys need, like positive role models, wrestling and classrooms that cater for their excess energy.

    • 34 min.
    How to raise girls

    How to raise girls

    Maggie talks with Steve Biddulph — one of Australia's foremost experts on raising girls — about how parents can lead their daughters through childhood and the tumultuous teens to become strong, empowered, kind and self-assured women. No topic is left untouched: the pressure to be sexy in the age of social media; the big increase in anxiety among girls; the importance of dads and strong female role models; and how the internet has changed everything for girls from friendships to foreplay.

    • 31 min.
    How to raise a resilient child

    How to raise a resilient child

    You want your kids to be able to handle the unexpected challenges life throws at them. But how do you raise a resilient child when your gut feeling is to protect them from all the bad things? Maggie Dent chats to Lyn Worsley, Director of the Resilience Centre and author of The Resilience Doughnut books, about how letting kids fend for themselves and work out tricky situations on their own, is exactly what they need.

    • 25 min.
    Homework — how to manage the load

    Homework — how to manage the load

    Six hours in the classroom, then music practice and sport. Daily homework is a pain for kids and parents, and while lots of primary schools have lightened the load, it's still something plenty of families have to juggle. So how do you help your kids manage their homework without a battle? Maggie Dent chats to Maria Cook, the founding principal of Honeywood Primary School in Perth, about how to manage homework if your kids are getting it, and why you shouldn't worry if they're not.

    • 23 min.

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