Real Kids in an Unreal World


Resilience and self-esteem in today’s children
Author: Maggie Dent

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.

About the Author

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,

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