On Monday 24 July Mandurah Baptist College hosted parenting author and educator, Maggie Dent. In an event open to the community, Maggie came and spoke to over 700 people on her topic ‘From the Sandpit to Adulthood: helping Today’s Children to Thrive’, discussing her 10 key points to raising children who flourish.
This is one of Maggie’s most popular topics as it is packed full of common sense and inspiration for parents and communities raising children throughout their childhoods and adolescence. Every parent wants their children to thrive – to grow up happy, healthy, strong, kind and capable of realising their full potential. In this presentation, Maggie explored the 10 keys to parenting that support this goal. She acknowledges there is no ‘perfect’ and that challenge, adversity and failure can actually help our kids grow stronger and smarter.
Maggie spoke to this topic in the way only she can. With bucket loads of humour and love. Acknowledging time poor and frazzled parents who constantly feel pull of competing priorities, Maggie spoke of the power of micro-moments. We have all been told about carving out quality family time. And that usually feels like having a time chunk large enough, when everyone is available for it to be quality.
Instead, Maggie suggests ensuring our teens are constantly reminded of our love and that they matter in tiny moments – frequently. Like a conspiratorial wink, a small note in lunch boxes, send them text messages to tell them you are proud of them or join them while they are watching a favourite TV show. She calls these ‘love bridges’.
Mandurah Baptist College generously donated $3,000 from ticket sales to the Peel Youth Medical Service (PYMS). PYMS and GP down south has had a long partnership with the Mandurah Baptist College. They have been key supporters for our Three Tier Youth Mental Health program, with Tier 1 being held in their Lakes Theatre.
“It was an incredible evening, and we were privileged enough to be able to donate the proceeds to GP Down South and the incredible work they do for the young people in our community. We look forward to having Maggie Dent at the College again and more opportunities to partner with GP Down South in the future.” Mandurah Baptist College Through its holistic, youth friendly primary health care service PYMS aims to promote wellness by improving the mental, social and physical health of people in the Peel region.
PYMS offers comprehensive, multi-disciplinary services with General Practitioners, Practice Nurses and Mental Health Professionals. The target group is young people living in the Peel Region between the ages of 12 and 25 years. All services at PYMS are provided free of charge and in confidence. We rely on the support of our community partners and are grateful for these donations which enable us to keep delivering these important services.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.